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Planing in Adults with Autism Spectrum Condition

4 April 2019

The purpose of this research is to examine whether there are differences in the use of verbal and visual processing between adults with and without ASC during planning.

You will be asked to complete a planning task known as the five-disc tower of London task, where coloured discs must be moved around on three equal sized pegs to reach a predetermined end state, a visual puzzle, where the picture which completes a pattern must be chosen out of a number of choices and, finally, a behaviour questionnaire. You will complete the planning task under four conditions (some of these conditions requiring you to carry simple verbal or tapping tasks simultaneously) and audio of you completing the task will be recorded under one of the conditions. This will all take place during a single 1 hour 45-minute session. You will be offered a 10-minute break after completing the planning task, and are welcome to take short breaks whenever you wish during the study. You will also be asked to sign an informed consent form prior to the beginning of the experiment and afterwards you will be debriefed both verbally and with a written information sheet.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must have normal or corrected-to-normal sight and hearing and must have had a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition. 

Participants will receive a £10 reimbursement


Further information

For further information please contact Mark Gibson at

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