The Marrus Lab at Washington University School of Medicine is recruiting infants/toddlers for the Social Motivation Project, a study of early childhood social development. The purpose of this study is to understand how social motivation, the human drive to attend to social information and engage in social interactions, is manifested in early childhood and how it differs between children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We are seeking parents and children (12 – 36 months old) with and without ASD. If you're interested in participating, please click 'Participate' to fill out the form, and a research team member will contact you. If you have any questions, please feel free to chat us.
In the future, study results could enhance our understanding of the development of social motivation, thereby contributing to future improvements in diagnosis and treatment of ASD.
Child participant (12 to 36 months old)
Access to laptop/desktop with webcam
Currently living in the United States
This study has been approved by Washington University in St. Louis' Institutional Review Board (IRB) .
Observational Study, Online, Polls and Surveys
1.5 hours total, 1 session
The study will involve parent questionnaires about their child’s development (1 hour) and one play-based online Zoom session (30 minutes). Families will receive compensation (in USD) for their participation.
$30 Amazon gift card
Families who participate will receive up to $30 USD.
This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!
You must be a resident in United States, North America to join this study