From: Child Study Center

Emotion recognition is critical to social skill. Researchers are enrolling participants for a treatment study for adolescents and young adults with ASD.

This experimental treatment targets building emotion recognition skills using a virtual reality, computer-based intervention. The goal of the intervention is to help people improve their ability to recognize emotions in other people, in order to improve social function.

Participants will be offered an experimental treatment (at no cost) and be compensated up to $160.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Males between 16 and 30 years of age
  • Have an ASD diagnosis
  • Are able to undergo MRI

If you (or your son) decide to be in this study, you will take part in one to two assessment visits to first confirm that you are a good fit for the study that will last approximately two hours. If eligible, researchers will give you three other assessments, which will last about an hour to an hour and a half. You will also undergo a brain-scan (an fMRI). Following this, you will compete 11, 45- to 60-minute treatment sessions during which you will wear a virtual reality headset to interact with a computerized program, like in a video game.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact the Child Study Center at (540) 231-8276 or at