Research Opportunity for Children and Teens at Emory University

The Marcus Autism Center and Emory University are recruiting children and teensĀ without developmental conditions for a brain imaging study to help us learn more about how the brain functions, especially when processing social information. The study will take place over 2-3 study visits (after school hour visits can be accommodated), each visit lasting between 1-2 hours at the Marcus Autism Center and our imaging center, which is located at Emory University.

What participation would look like:

  • Mock MRI training (optional for kids over 12 years) while watching movie clips and practicing in a simulated MRI scanner (approximately one hour)
  • MRI scan visit while watching movie clips (approximately 45 minutes to one hour)
  • Developmental assessments (“brain games”) (approximately 1.5 hours)

What participants receive for participating:

  • $15 for mock MRI training
  • $50 for MRI scan visit
  • $50 for developmental assessments
  • A souvenir picture of their brain
  • A copy of the summary score report from the assessments (optional)

The information we learn from individuals without developmental conditions will help to understand the characteristics associated with 3q29 syndromes, which are rare genetic disorders that are associated with increased risk for developmental conditions, autism, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. If you or your family are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Sydney Messer at or (404) 785-3932. You may also scan our QR code on the study flyer to be directed to the study interest sign up page.