Autism Research Undertaken by Organisations other than Research Autism

Two women writing key points This page provides details of autism research studies being undertaken by organisations and individuals other than Research Autism.

Information on each study is normally posted on this page for a period of 3 months. It is also posted on our social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Linked-In.

If you are involved in postgraduate research and would like us to help you with your study please download and return this form: Application for advertising for research participants

Please note that your study will need ethical approval from your university or other suitable body (such as the NHS) before being advertised.

We regret that we are unable to accept undergraduate research projects.

Thank you.

Social Behaviours in Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions

We are carrying out an online study measuring social behaviours used by autistic people and the impact that these have on wellbeing.

The study takes around 30 minutes and asks about your social behaviours, other personality characteristics, and your psychological and physical health and wellbeing.

The aim of the study is to test a new measure of social behaviours. We are also interested in seeing whether certain social behaviours are related to the wellbeing of autistic adults across all ages.

If you are aged over 18 and have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, you are eligible to take part.

A link to the study with more information and a consent form can be found at https://uclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3O7aRsEvVeooytT 

If you have any questions, contact Laura at laura.hull.14@ucl.ac.uk

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Habitual Thinking in People with Autism Spectrum Conditions

We are interested in thinking in people with autism. Some research has said that people with autism are more likely to think in pictures than in words, and have more repetitive thinking, and we want to investigate this further. This has important implications for mental well-being in people with autism.

Participants will need to own an iPhone or Android phone and live within a 50 mile radius of the University of Bath. Participants will have one meeting at the University of Bath or another public place, followed by a period of five days during which they will be asked to make a brief record of their thoughts five times each day. Participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £30 vouchers.

If interested please contact Steph Calley via email – shrc20@bath.ac.uk

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Understanding of Social, Romantic and Sexual Relationships and Behaviours in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This research will focus and assist in identifying how some of the characteristics of autism may have an effect on how social, romantic, and sexual behaviours and relationships are understood. This is based on the suggestion that an atypical understanding of the behaviours associated with social, romantic and sexual relationships may sometimes be behind inappropriate behaviours in these areas.

Previous research suggests that, due to an incomplete lack of understanding of the unwritten rules of social, romantic, and sexual relationships, individuals with ASD may be at risk of engaging in certain types of sexual offences, such as stalking.

By conducting this research, it is anticipated that an understanding of the specific behavioural and cognitive aspects that characterise the autistic spectrum and that may be associated with an atypical understanding of social, romantic and sexual relationships will be gained. The ultimate objective of this study is to inform the development of more adequate support for individuals with Autism mainly in terms of social skills training, sexual and romantic relationships education which specifically cater for the needs of this population.

If you are on the autism spectrum, you are 18 or over and you wish to to participate in this project, please email p.vital@bolton.ac.uk or lm28wss@bolton.ac.uk

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Thinking About Thinking: Investigating How We Understand Our Own and Others' Thoughts​ and Feelings

This study explores ‘metacognition’ (“thinking about thinking”) in ASD.  Metacognition involves knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies during learning, as well as the ability to judge accurately one’s own knowledge.   We know that metacognitive ability contributes to learning and that training metacognitive strategies has proven useful in helping people with metacognitive difficulties to learn more efficiently.  However, we know almost nothing about metacognition in ASD.  Studying this will help us to learn more about this issue, but also inform teaching strategies/intervention efforts for people with ASD.

Research will be carried out at the University of Kent (Canterbury). Participants are paid £7.50 per hour for their time and have opportunity to win extra money  in several tasks (up to an extra £40, in total).  Travel costs are reimbursed, and refreshments are provided. 

For further information please contact Dr Toby Nicholson t.m.nicholson@kent.ac.uk; 01227 827266/07427 401257 or visit www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/thinking​

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Social Stories with the Creative Arts

I am investigating professionals’ perspectives and practices concerning using Social Stories with the creative arts for individuals on the autistic spectrum. I would very much appreciate it if you will take part in a brief online questionnaire. Anyone who is working with individuals on the autistic spectrum can complete the online questionnaire- I am interested in your opinions.

You can also agree to take part in any of the following up sessions: focus group and individual interviews, diary and diary-based individual interview. More information about the research is included in an information sheet attached to the online questionnaire. If you have any further questions, you can reach me at: rasha.bawazir.13@ucl.ac.uk  

If you would like to take part in the study please click on this link to complete the online questionnaire

Please share the questionnaire if you know anyone who might be interested in taking part

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Experiences of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Successes, Struggles, Needs, and Areas for Improvement in Services Provided by Schools

The number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in post-secondary academic settings is increasing. Meanwhile, even though most of these students are well-equipped intellectually for post-secondary education, studies suggest these students often struggle with academic achievement, express decreased satisfaction with their post-secondary experience, and have a greater incidence of prematurely dropping out of school.

Researchers at Yale University are currently conducting an anonymous, online survey for post-secondary students with ASD.  The goals of this project is to gain a better understanding of the experiences of these students, and to utilize this information to provide insight to schools, so they are aware of the needs and types of services they should provide to best serve their students with ASD.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, or would like further information about it, please visit the online survey:

Or contact the study researcher: Scott Jackson, PhD scott.jackson@yale.edu

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21 Feb 2017