University of Bath

Take part in autism research

We're looking for adults with and without autism to take part in our research to develop techniques to support those with autism to recall events in interviews.

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We're investigating how autistic adults can be supported to recall personal information in important interview contexts, such as in the Criminal Justice System, healthcare consultations, and job interviews.

This study is looking at how interview questions can be adapted to support the recall of important personal experiences by adults with autism. We are also examining this in adults without autism as a comparison.

The outcomes of our study will help us understand more about how questioning techniques can be adapted to support autistic adults, which may be of use in police interviews, health and social care consultations, and job interviews.

Take part in the research

To take part in this study as an autistic adult or an adult without autism you must:

  • be aged 18-65
  • speak English as a first language or fluently
  • have normal vision, or vision that is corrected-to-normal by visual aids such as glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery (you can still take part if you are colour blind)

To take part in this study as an autistic adult you must also have a formal diagnosis of autism. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS)

Participants will be paid £8 per hour for their time. Reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed and you should make an enquiry if you want to confirm these.

We will be accepting participants until 2019.

Email Jade Norris to take part in this research j.norris@bath.ac.uk

What's involved

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to recall specific memories of events that you have experienced (for example going to a concert, or a trip to the countryside). You will be asked to recall a particular event each time. In addition, you will be asked to take part in some other tasks and answer questions about yourself.

The study takes around 3.5 hours in total.

Our information sheets provide more details of the research:

Your personal information

Nobody except the project team will be allowed to see your individual files. In the study, you will be known only by a number. The information you provide is completely confidential.

This study has been approved by the University's Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

This study is conducted as part of the ESRC-funded project Supporting autistic adults in interviews at the Centre for Applied Autism Research.