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

This project is in collaboration with Drs. Amanda Owen Van Horne and Diane Chugani at the

University of Delaware, funded by NIDCD (R21DC017576) and approved by NU IRB (#21-09-14).

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

    • Phase 2 will take place at the Northeastern University Biomedical Imaging Center , which 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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