Current Studies

Causal Reasoning in Children: 


In this study, we are investigating how kids with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) come to understand cause and

effect relationships. We use novel toys and activities to help us learn about how children interpret and infer cause and effect and how this understanding relates and provides insight into their cognition in general. Your child will play a series of 5-6 games and will be asked a few questions about each one.

Currently recruiting children age 3-5




Social Motivation in Children: The goal of this study is to better understand differences in how children process social and non-social cues. To do this, we measure the natural brain activity of 3-4-year-olds using a mesh cap as they watch an 8-minute video showing a series of images of toys and faces. Right now, we’re working with typically developing children, and in the future we hope to work with children diagnosed with autism as well. The study takes approximately an hour to 90 minutes.

Currently recruiting children 3 to 4 years old



Adult social motivation: In this study, we aim to learn more about how social and nonsocial motivation differ in adults. To compare these different types of motivation, we use a mesh electrode cap to measure natural brain activity while subjects watch a video consisting of social and non-social stimuli.

Recruiting adults 18+. Sign up on SONA or email




Infant-Caregiver Interactions: Joint-attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. It is achieved when one individual alerts another to an object by means of eye-gazing, pointing or other verbal or non-verbal indications. It plays a very important role in parent-child relationships, and in this study, we hope to learn more about how it develops. If you participate in this study, 

you will come into our lab and play with toys and games with your infant while we observe and film your interactions.

Recruiting infants who have an older sibling who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or who is suspected of having ASD.