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MRI study about Theory of Mind in Autism


About the Study

We are using brain-imaging techniques (MRI) located in Trinity College to investigate brain structure, function and connectivity in people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Participants lie in an MRI machine, which takes pictures of their brains. The purpose of this study is to investigate brain activity and connectivity in children and adults with ASC when specifically palying games involving Theory of Mind tasks. Theory of Mind or mentalizing is an umbrella term which encompasses all the capacities of a person for understanding the perceptions, beliefs, desires, intentions and emotions of other people.

Who can take part?

We are looking for participants with high functioning ASC to take part in this study. Specifically, we are looking for right-handed males between the ages of 15 and 30 who would like to take part.

What will it involve?

The study involves two testing sessions. In the first session participants are asked to do a cognitive test. This session can take place in the home or in Trinity College. In the second session, participants will be invited to the Trinity Institute of Neuroscience for an MRI scan which will take approximately and hour and a half. Arrangements are also made for participants to complete ADOS and ADI-R assessments during the first session if these have not yet been done.

Interested in taking part?

If you are interested in taking part in this study and would like more information please contact, Dimitris Bolis, by email: or tel 0894379474

Last updated 23 November 2016 by School Web Administrator.