Study: The Living Room

Research Study

Name of Study: The Living Room: Development and Evaluation of a Simulated Prototype to Dynamically Adjust Ambient Environments to Promote Affective Regulation in Individuals with Autism

Organization: Northeastern University

Contact: m.goodwin@northeastern.edu

Description:

STUDY PURPOSE
To measure the effect of variable light, sound, and visual stimuli on the physiology of individuals with autism to inform a future “Internet of Things” system that automatically adjusts ambient environments to promote affective regulation.

PARTICIPANT INCLUSION CRITERIA
1. The parent is the child’s biological parent.
2. The child has a formal diagnosis of ASD.
3. The child is aged 5-18 years old.
4. The primary home language is English.

PARTICIPANT EXCLUSION CRITERIA
1. Parent has a mental health issue or significant physical health issue at time of screening (e.g., depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome).
2. Child has other significant mental or physical health issues (other than ASD) including epilepsy (since there may be some flashing lights in video and lighting stimuli).

PROCEDURE
After signed informed consent is obtained and prior to entering the observation room (Observation Room in Robinson Hall #008), participants will be fitted with two wireless biosensors on their wrists, hands, and chest for data collection. If participants cannot tolerate attachment by the experimenters, the parent will be asked to attach the sensors under supervision. Non-invasive and unobtrusive commercial research-grade physiological measurement devices (Shimmer Systems) will be used to record physiological signals. Data collection will be a single session, with a recording time of approximately 45 minutes (dependent on the time it takes for equipment attachment).

PARKING
Convenient parking 50 paces from the lab where the study will be carried out will be provided free of charge.

COMPENSATION
A $20 Amazon gift certificate will be provided for participation in the study.