Autism researchers want your input: Autism and the Internet at UCLA

18 Sep

Researchers at UCLA are interested in your input on a survey of Autism and the Internet. The study has IRB approval and the description from their site is below:

You are asked by Dr. Patricia Greenfield, of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, if you would like to participate in this anonymous internet survey comparing how people with and without autism use the internet. Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may stop doing the survey at any point in time.

Purpose of the Research: The goal of this study is to see if the internet helps autistic and non-autistic people make friends and/or learn about their hobbies. We would also like to know if different ways of seeing the world, regardless of diagnosis, relate to different ways of using the internet.

Outline of Procedures: If you would like to participate in this study, please select the box at the end of this consent form titled “I consent to participate in the survey Autism and the Internet”. If you would not like to participate, select the box titled “I do not consent to participate in the survey Autism and the Internet.” If you consent to participate, the survey will appear on your computer screen. If you ever decide that you no longer want to complete the survey, you are free to stop taking the survey at any point in time. Your responses to the survey will remain anonymous. The survey will take between 15 minutes and one hour to complete.

Foreseeable Discomforts: Your may feel uncomfortable emotions when thinking about questions on the survey. If the survey questions make you feel uncomfortable, you are free to stop taking the survey at any point in time. The questions are designed to be as clear as possible so it is likely that you will not experience emotional discomfort as a result of the survey.

Potential Benefit to Participants and Society: Possible benefits of the study to society are that the knowledge gained may help people evaluate whether the internet helps autistic and non-autistic people to form connections and learn about their passions. This information may be useful in designing treatments to help autistic people communicate more effectively or in recognizing when such treatments are unnecessary because the autistic people are already satisfied with how they use the internet to communicate and learn.

Your participation would be anonymous and greatly appreciated. If you have the time and inclination, consider offering your experience to help out these researchers. The survey can be found here.

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