Social Motivation Project

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Marrus Neurodevelopmental Studies Lab

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.

Your Impact

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.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

All Ages

Child participant (12 to 36 months old)

English-speaking parent

Access to laptop/desktop with webcam

Currently living in the United States

Study Tasks

Parent questionnaires
Child play session on Zoom


This study has been approved by Washington University in St. Louis' Institutional Review Board (IRB) [201702022].



Activity and Time


Observational Study, Online, Polls and Surveys

Weekdays, Weekends

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.

Study Address

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

Posting date: Sep 16, 2020

$30 Amazon gift card