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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Language Processing

Join a Research Study: Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

To find out if you qualify, email NIMH or call 301-435-0845 [TTY: 711].

Researchers are studying the brain’s response to language and sound. This study uses repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a form of brain stimulation, to measure how different parts of the brain communicate in teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Findings from this study may aid in the development of possible future treatments.

Participants must:

  • Be ages 14 to 17 years and able to agree to participate
  • Have ASD

This outpatient study includes:

  • Brain imaging (MRI and MEG)
  • Brain stimulation (rTMS)
  • Neurobehavioral assessments
  • About 7 visits over 6 months

The study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Some of the procedures may be conducted virtually. There is no cost to participate, and compensation is provided. To find out if you are eligible to participate or for more information contact us.

Study Identifiers

  • NIMH Protocol Number: 20-M-0159
  • Study Number: 04798274 

Investigator(s): Sarah Lisanby, M.D.