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We are currently recruiting both children and adults to take part in our research. If you would like to add your details to our research database please click on the link below. By adding your details to our database, we will be able to contact you with information about studies that you or your child may be eligible for. You can then decide whether or not you would like to take part.

In addition to obtaining data from individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions (ASC), we need to be able to compare the results to those obtained from individuals without a diagnosis of ASC. Therefore you, or your child, can also contribute to our research even if you (or they) don't have a diagnosis of ASC.

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The impact of SOX11-syndrome (2p25.2 deletion): an interview study

Louis Stokes

Project summary: SOX11-syndrome is a recently discovered condition reported to impact different aspects of life, including cognition and behaviour. Due to the recent discovery of this syndrome, we do not fully understand the impact that it has on the individual or caregivers. It is hoped that through understanding the impact of this syndrome, better interventions can be put into place to support the individual and their family, and professionals in education and healthcare settings can be better informed about the outcomes of the syndrome. This research will speak to the caregivers of individuals with this syndrome and will explore what impact it has on multiple areas, including development, education, and family life. Participating in this study involves taking part in a semi-structured interview lasting approximately 60 minutes.

Lead researcher: Louis Stokes   E-mail: lsstokes1@sheffield.ac.uk    Project supervisors: Dr Megan Freeth and Dr Alisdair McNeill

Note: If you would like further information, please e-mail Louis


Self-compassion and ADHD

Daniele Beaton

Project summary: This research aims to compare levels of self-compassion between adults who have ADHD and adults who do not have ADHD. Self-compassion is simply a measure of how much compassion we direct inwards towards ourselves. We aim to test this using an online experimental paradigm, rather than just focusing on questionnaires - in order to be certain that the results we are findings are true and representative. We want to recruit both people aged 18+ who have a diagnosis of ADHD and also people who do not have a diagnosis of ADHD. Unfortunately, if you have dyslexia, a personality disorder or a motor disorder you do not meet the criteria to take part in this study. Participation involves completing a questionnaire taking around 10-minutes to complete, and an online experimental task that will take between 20-30 minutes to complete. If you choose, you can also be entered into a prize draw to win one of two #25 Amazon vouchers.

If you would like to take part please follow this link.

If you would like to watch a video for further information please follow this link.

Lead researcher: Danielle Beaton   E-mail: dmbeaton1@sheffield.ac.uk    Project supervisors: Dr Fuschia Sirois and Prof Elizabeth Milne

Note: If you would like further information please email Danielle



Volunteering to take part in ourresearch can sometimes be done online. However, some of our projecs  require a visit to our lab which is located in the department of Psychology, in the University of Sheffield. Our experience is that volunteers really enjoy their testing session, and find it exciting and fun to be part of a research project.


A lab visit usually takes 2 to 3 hours, and typically involves:

    Working on cognitive tasks, often on the computer, i.e. looking for targets on the screen (e.g. a red triangle) and pressing a button when you’ve seen it.

    Interacting with the experimenter, i.e. engaging in age-appropriate conversation / turn-taking, story telling, problem solving etc.

    Parents / caregivers will be asked to complete a couple of questionnaires about the participant’s social skills and developmental milestones.

Some studies may also involve recording EEG, or measuring eye-movements while working on the cognitive tasks. For more information about these techniques, please see below.


Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a harmless and painless procedure that involves placing a sponge covered hairnet on the head. The sponges record electrical activity conveyed from the brain to the scalp, and provides important information about how the brain responds to different stimuli. The sponges contain gel so your hair may get a little messy!

Our experimenters are well trained in using these techniques with children, including children with ASC, and the protocol can often be adapted for a particular child's needs, so if your child would like to take part, chances are that they will be eligible, although of course we'll discuss it with you first to make sure. All of our studies receive full ethical approval from the appropriate ethical review committee, and information about what any particular study involves will be given before you decide to take part.

Eye Tracking

Eye tracking records exactly where you are looking when you are completing different tasks, this helps us to understand how the attention and perception system works. If the experiment involves working on a computer, a small device will sit just below the computer screen and will track what you are looking at during the experiment. If the experiment involves moving around or talking with an experimenter, you will wear a pair of lightweight glasses which contain a mobile eye tracking device and record your eye movements via infra red cameras.


Who can I contact if I have a question?

Please e-mail : sharl@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions

Contact details for individual researchers can be found on your participant information sheet.