Brain, Language, and Autism STudy (BLAST)

The Language Acquisition and Brain Laboratory (QLAB) at the University of Delaware directed by Zhenghan Qi, MD/PhD,  is looking for participants for a brain imaging study to understand language learning in children.


Is my child eligible?

We are looking for participants who are:

    • Either typically developing or have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    • Located in the United States.

    • Between the ages of 6 and 9.

    • Native English speakers

What does the study involve?

Phase 1: Web-based Language and Cognitive Puzzles

    • Phase 1 can be completed from anywhere in the United States.

    • Phase 1 is summarized in the infographic above.

    • We will send you Amazon gift certificates ($ 15 or more) when you complete this phase to compensate for your time.

Phase 2: Listening and Learning in a Brain Camera

    • We will invite you to join the optional Phase 2 if you live within a reasonable distance of UD.

    • The Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging at UD houses a state-of-the-art MRI scanner.

    • Your child will listen to stories and play games while the MRI scanner takes pictures of their brain.

    • The video below describes our methods, recently published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

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