Neurodiverse Workplace Study

Category
Adults
End Date
IRB Number
21-227

Neurodiverse Workplace Study: The VT Center for Autism Research and the Mind Music Machine Lab at Virginia Tech are seeking adults to participate in a study that will explore the way autistic and non-autistic adults collaborate on a series of experimental tasks in Minecraft Hour of Code Simulator with a virtual partner.

WHO DO WE NEED?

Participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/related autistic disorder (from DSM-IV autistic disorder, Asperger's, PDD-NOS)

OR
Does not have any current psychological or psychiatric conditions/diagnoses

  • At least age 18 years old
  • Verbally fluent in English
  • No active electrical implants (e.g., pacemaker)
  • Not pregnant or think they may be pregnant
  • None of the following impairments:
    • Visual
    • Hearing
    • Fine motor
    • Intellectual

TASK WILL INCLUDE:

  • Screening over the phone to assess inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Online meeting to complete a measure of cognitive abilities in order to be eligible for the experimental tasks
  • Completion of online questionnaires
  • In-person visit to the lab to complete a series of experimental tasks in Minecraft Hour of Code Simulator with a virtual partner while wearing devices measuring physiological reactivity (e.g., skin conductance, heart rate, eye tracking)
  • At the end, you can receive a summary of your individual cognitive abilities results and up to $10/hour for the experimental session.

HOW LONG:

  • Eligibility sessions will take up to 1 hour and be conducted over Zoom.
  • Experimental session will take up to 2 hours and be conducted in-person.

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: vtautismcenter@vt.edu

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sun Wook Kim, PhD (sunwook@vt.edu)