Take part in new research on habitual thinking in autism

Volunteers with and without autism are required for a study on the different ways in which people with autism think.

This project aims to explore the types of thoughts experienced by those with autism in order to learn more about how they think. We are interested in whether the thoughts they have in their day to day life are verbal (words, language), visual (images, symbols or pictures) or take a different form.

This study is being conducted by Department of Psychology researchers Denise Borbolla and Jaxon Kramer from the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CARR), supervised by Dr Ailsa Russell, Dr Kate Cooper and Professor Bas Verplanken.

Take part

We are looking for volunteers with or without autism who are over the age of 18 and have access to a smart phone.

What you'll get

Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £30 Amazon vouchers.

What's involved

You will be required to attend a briefing with the research team and then take part in some simple independent activities. We will make sure you understand what you need to do, and you can ask us any questions.


  1. You will meet us to complete some questionnaires and short tests, and collect a thoughts booklet.
  2. We will help you download and set up the free app Randomly Remind Me (Android) or Oh – Simple Reminders (Apple/iOS) on your phone.
  3. During the time which the app is on your phone, it will send you alerts around five times a day for five days.
  4. Every time the alert sounds, you should write down in the booklet provided what you were thinking about just prior to the alert; there are no right or wrong answers.
  5. At the end of the five days we will ask you for the booklet and to complete a final questionnaire.

Take part in this study

If you would like to take part in this research study or if you have any questions, please get in touch with the researchers.


All information and data provided will be used for research purposes only and will remain strictly confidential. This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (16-318).