Participants wanted! Meditation study

We are looking to find out more about the effects of a daily meditation programme in autistic people. Here is some important information about the programme and study: The programme will be delivered through an application on your smartphone, and will take 10 minutes of your time, every day for 2 weeks. The meditation will consist of breathing exercises, guided by the smartphone application. You will be asked to complete sets of tasks and questionnaires at different time points: 

  • Before the meditation programme starts (it will take about 1 hour to fill out questionnaires and complete tasks)
  • Right when the meditation programme ends (it will take about 1 hour to fill out questionnaires and complete tasks), and
  • Four weeks after the meditation programme ends (it will take about 1 hour to fill out questionnaires and complete tasks). 

If you fulfil the criteria and consent to participate, the entire study from start to finish will take around 8 weeks (from the time you consent, to starting the 2 week meditation programme, to filling out the final questionnaires 4 weeks after finishing the programme). You will be able to complete the study from your home. After completing the study, you will receive a 20 pound online shopping voucher as a token of our appreciation. Now that you know a little more about what to expect, please answer the following questions that will determine whether or not you fulfil the criteria to participate in the study. If you do not fulfil the criteria to participate in this study, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the CRAE participant database, to be contacted about other research projects. If you do fulfil the criteria to participate, you will see a message at the end guiding you through the next steps. You can change your mind at any point about your participation in the study, and this questionnaire does not imply any consent to participate.  Please contact us at crae.meditation@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions.

For a summary of the project, you can watch this video: https://twitter.com/CRAE_IOE/status/1193943540755247104.

For more information and to check whether you can participate, please click the link and answer a few questions:
https://uclioe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blpYIRvviRO7F7T

Participants wanted! Perceptual capacity in autism

CRAE’s PhD student Jana Brinkert is asking autistic people, aged 18-40 years, to take part in her study on attention and perceptual capacity (the information that we can process at any given time).

The study involves recordings of your brain activation (EEG) while you complete two computer tasks. We are inviting anyone who is between 18 and 40 years old and is a native English speaker to take part in our studies. We are specifically interested in the experiences of autistic and non-autistic people.

The study will involve:
• Computer based tasks
• Questionnaires
• Paper based puzzles

The study takes 3-4 hours and will take place in central London.

If you are interested in taking part, please follow the link below or email Jana at j.brinkert.16@ucl.ac.uk.

https://uclioe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9nmrqdihfyoCNHT

Please note that all data you provide is kept confidential and will be safely and securely stored in line with GDPR compliance.


Participants wanted! Mental health outcomes for autistic people

Little is known about how best to prevent or treat poor mental health in autistic people. Research provides important information about how well treatments work, yet it does not consider how important different outcomes are for autistic people. For example, is relief from depression more important or less important than serious treatment-related complications?

To address this, researchers at UCL are #AskingAutistics to join a discussion to explore the different outcomes. Autistic participants will be reimbursed £75 to join the discussion, plus up to £25 in addition for travel.

For more information, please get in touch with Lawrence (lawrence.best.11@ucl.ac.uk).

Please note that all data you provide is kept confidential and will be safely and securely stored in line with GDPR compliance.


PARTICIPANTS WANTED! Autistic adults’ experiences of camouflaging

Julia Cook, a PhD student at UCL, is seeking autistic adults of all genders who use camouflaging, masking, or compensatory strategies during social situations to take part in some new research.

Taking part involves:
 •  Completing online questionnaires
 •  You may then be invited to UCL where you would complete a short social interaction, reading task, and interview

If you would like to get involved or would like some more information please email Julia at julia.cook.18@ucl.ac.uk

Please note that all data you provide is kept confidential and will be safely and securely stored in line with GDPR compliance.


PARTICIPANTS WANTED! Are you LGBT+ and autistic?

Are you LGBT+ and autistic? Are you interested in taking part in research at CRAE? We are looking for individuals for an interview study about your experiences and views on autism, sexuality and support services.

We are inviting anyone who identifies as LGBT+ and autistic, is over the age of 18 years old, lives in the UK and is native English speaker to take part in our study. We are interested in the experiences of diagnosed, and self-identifying autistic individuals.

The study will involve:
• Questionnaires
• Individual interviews, in a method of your choice

Please note that all data you provide is kept confidential and will be safely and securely stored in line with GDPR compliance. For additional information and the survey please email Monique Bellchambers-Joseph at m.bellchambers-joseph@ucl.ac.uk