TMS Investigations of Neuroplasticity in ASD

Research Study

The main purpose of this study is to investigate brain plasticity in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research suggests that during development the brains of individuals with ASD may change in response to their experiences differently than the brains of those without it. We want to understand why and how this difference may contribute to the symptoms of ASD. In this study, we will measure brain plasticity with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a way to noninvasively activate specific brain areas through the scalp, and it has been used for years in neurology and psychiatry.

At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC):
Adults must be between the ages of 21-65 and have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, an intellectual disability, or typical intellectual function. The study involves three visits to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that last between 3-4 hours.

At Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH):
Children between the ages of 6-16 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder may participate. The study involves four visits to Boston Children’s Hospital that last between 2-4 hours.

If interested, please contact the study coordinator, Gabrielle Block.

Phone: 617-667-0206
BCH Email: Gabrielle.Block@childrens.harvard.edu
BIDMC Email: gblock@bidmc.harvard.edu