Collaborative Virtual Environments for Children

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Principal Investigator: Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Zachary Warren, Ph.D.


The purpose of the study is to learn more about the use of computer-based tasks to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

You and your child will be asked to come to Vanderbilt for at least 1 visit. We may ask if you want to come back for up to 5 additional visits (for a total of 6 visits to Vanderbilt).

At the first visit, you will answer some questions about your child’s ASD symptoms.

At all visits, your child will play games on the computer. These will include games like building blocks with another child online and talking to a computer avatar.

Each session should take about 60 minutes.

What is involved?:

  • Up to six 1 hour sessions at Vanderbilt
  • Caregivers will be asked to complete one questionnaire
  • Children will play different kinds of computer games

Participant Criteria

7-17 years with autism spectrum disorder OR who are typically developing


Child will receive a $25 gift card per visit; Caregiver will receive $25 gift card upon completion of all sessions

Visit Requirements

Up to six 1 hour sessions at Vanderbilt


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Contact Information

Amy Swanson, M.A. or Nicole Bardett
(615) 322-6533;

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