Executive Functioning and Math Achievement of Adolescents with Autism

Summary: 
The research project will be investigating the impact of executive functioning abilities on math achievement of school-aged adolescents with autism. Performance on executive functioning tasks has been shown to be related to math performance in the general population. Similarly, deficits in executive functioning have been linked to decreased math performance. Autistic individuals often experience executive functioning challenges, therefore it is of interest to know if these challenges impact the math performance in this population.

Researchers: 
Nicole Eddy (prinicipal investigator)- Graduate Student, Memorial University; Dr. Darcy Hallett (supervisor)- Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Who can participate: 
Participants must be within the 12- to 18-year age range, attend school, and have a diagnosis of autism. Individuals with severe math-based learning difficulties or a math-based learning disability (i.e., dyscalculia) are not eligible to participate.Testing will take place remotely and online via a computer, through a one-on-one session with the primary researcher via Zoom virtual communication. Participants will complete an electronic survey comprised of a number of cognitive tasks measuring general intellectual ability (i.e., Ravens 2), math performance, and executive functioning. The survey will take approximately 50 minutes to complete. Parents will need to sign a written consent form and complete a demographic questionnaire.

Compensation:
Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of ten $50 gift cards.

Interested in participating:  
If you would like to participate, please call Nicole Eddy at (709) 770-1421 or email neddy@mun.ca. You can also contact Darcy Hallett by phone at (709)864-4871 or by email at darcy@mun.ca.

Deadline:
June 1, 2022