Autism MRI Research Study

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are partnering with individuals 14 and older who have autism to learn more about facial recognition and information processing. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

diagnosed with or suspect autism

willing to complete an MRI

14 Years and Older

Compensation Provided

Conducted in St. Louis, MO

Study Background

How do individuals with autism process information related to facial recognition?

Many individuals with autism struggle to perceive another person’s emotional state based on their facial expressions, which can complicate social situations. By comparing MRI and eye-tracking data from individuals with and without autism, we hope to understand how the brain processes information related to facial recognition and how that information might be processed differently for individuals with autism.

Your participation in this study may help researchers better understand how the brain processes information differently in individuals with autism. Further research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

This study seeks to understand how individuals with autism process information related to facial recognition.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • 14 years or older (Note: if you are 14-17 years old, you must have a parent or guardian sign the consent form)
  • Diagnosed with autism or strongly suspect you have autism
  • Willing to complete an MRI

Participants will come to Washington University School of Medicine for 1-2 visits.  Study activities include:

  1. Answering questionnaires related to social interaction, daily
    life, and cognition
  2. Completing the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS)
  3. An MRI scan lasting approximately 45 minutes in which you
    will watch images or listen to sounds


Study activities last 4-6 hours total and are scheduled over 1 or 2 visits.

Compensation is provided up to $80 for your time.

There is no cost for you to participate in the study.