Project on Affinities and Language (PAL)

The Project on Affinities and Language (PAL) is designed to help us understand what happens in a child’s brain when they engage with their interests, passions, or hobbies – also known as “affinities.”

We especially hope to learn more about the affinities of kids with autism.

What is my commitment?

Come in for 1 session of behavioral testing and 1 session in the non-invasive fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scanner.

Participation: We are currently recruiting children ages 7-11, with or without a diagnosis of autism, who have a special interest (e.g. trains, Minecraft, etc.) that can be shown in video format to participate in this study. If you would like to participate, please contact


Your child will be paid in gift cards. Your child will be paid $20/hour for non-scanning activities, and $30/hour for the scanning session. If you chose to drive, free parking is available.

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