MYST FAQs

How long will the testing take?

Testing is conducted over 1 or 2 sessions lasting up to 2 hours each (depending on the project that you are interested in)

Is the testing only conducted in English?

No. The testing can be done in either English or French depending on your/your child's preference.

Where do I Park?

Parking is available on McTavish and Peel surrounding the Lab. Your parking expenses will be reimbursed.

Is there Compensation?

Yes. Children, adolescents, and adults who complete our tasks will receive gift certificates to Chapters/Indigo/Coles after each session as a special thank you from MYST.

How do children filter out distractions?

Investigator: Tammy Dawkins

What are we studying?

We are constantly exposed to more information than we can deal with. And, the ability to attend to relevant information is critical to performing in school and in everyday life. This study will look at how children deal with distractions though a computer game.

Who can participate?

Children, adolescents and adults with autism and Down syndrome between the ages of 5 and 25 as well as typically developing children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

What will participants do?

Participants will be asked to look at a computer screen a locate targets surrounded by distracting information.

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What grabs attention in a changing environment?

Investigators: France Lainé & Armando Bertone

What are we studying?

We want to study whether the ways in which persons with autism view the world might influence their ability to detect changes in the surrounding environment.

Who can participate?

Children, adolescents and adults with autism between the ages of 8 and 25 as well as typically developing persons between the ages of 5 and 30 years.

What will participants do?

Participants will look at two consecutive images presented on a computer screen and will be asked to press yes if they detect a change between the two images and no if there is no change.

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What do kids perceive in a fast-paced world?

Investigators: Fallyn Leibovich & Lisa Jefferies

What are we studying?

We want to know if there are differences between different types of kids in processing rapidly presented visual information.

Who can participate?

Children, adolescents and adults with autism and Down syndrome between the ages of 5 and 25 as well as typically developing children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

What will participants do?

Participants will look at fast moving images on a screen and identify specific target items.

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Multiple-object tracking

Investigator: Darlene Brodeur

What are we studying?

We want to know if there are differences in one's ability to track the position of a number of targets as they move among identical distracters.

Who can participate?

Children, adolescents and adults with autism and Down syndrome between the ages of 5 and 25 as well as typically developing children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

What will participants do?

Participants will be asked to track the moving spies on a screen and identify where they have hidden.

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Time Estimation

Investigator: Darlene Brodeur

What are we studying?

We want to know if there are differences in children's ability to estimate time.

Who can participate?

Children, adolescents and adults with autism and Down syndrome between the ages of 5 and 25 as well as typically developing children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

What will participants do?

Participants will listen to various tones and are expected to estimate the duration of tones.

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How do children perceive shapes?

Investigator: BatSheva Hadad

What are we studying?

The world we see is full of fragmented shapes, occlusions, and shadows, yet the world we perceive is structured and coherent. The ability to perceive organization from fragments develops into an effortless and rapid process as we grow older so that we can quickly and reliably interpret our world. This study will look at how children perceive shapes from fragments through a computer game.

Who can participate?

Children, adolescents and adults with autism and Down syndrome between the ages of 5 and 25 as well as typically developing children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

What will participants do?

Participants will be asked to look at a computer screen and locate target shapes surrounded by distracting shapes.

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