This study has now closed.

UQ researchers are exploring potential differences in brain structure and cognitive function between individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the wider population.

Having completed recruiting the ASD cohort, they are now looking for neurotypical adult men to enrol in the study to provide controls to conduct comparisons.

Participants who volunteer for this study will undergo a one-hour (1 hr) long MRI scan at the UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging, as well as a one and a half-hour (1.5 hr) long neuropsychological assessment at the UQ Psychology Clinic to test different aspects of language processing.

Participant benefits:

Participants will be awarded a $50 Coles Myer group gift card at the completion of their participation, and will receive also a copy of their MRI images.


To be eligible for this study, potential volunteers must be:

  • male
  • aged 20 to 50
  • speak English as their first language
  • have completed, or currently undertaking, a university degree
  • have no history of mental illness or a major neurological disorder
  • MRI safe (i.e., no pacemakers, implanted electronic medical devices, or steel pins / plates)
  • able to lie still in a confined space for up to an hour.

Register your interest:

Please contact contact Dr Ryan Dean at

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2015001306]