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The Role of Emotion Regulation and Arousal in Anxiety and Autism (Not Recruiting)

Characterizing Autism


The researchers at the Autism Research Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab are doing a study to understand how our body signals, like our heart beats, change when we feel frustrated.


Azadeh Kushki, PhDEvdokia Anagnostou, MDJessica Brian, PhD

Who can participate

We are looking for (two groups):

  • Children age 7 to 16 years of age

  • Clinical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Not taking medication that includes beta-blockers
  • Previously participated in the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND). We are asking for this so we will not repeat the same assessments that were already done in POND.


  • Children 7 to 16 years of age
  • No diagnosis or history of neurodevelopmental, neurological or psychiatric disorder
  • No use of beta-blockers

What's Involved

For this study, you will come to Holland Bloorview for up to 3 hours. During the visit, we will ask you to do an IQ test if you haven’t done one in the last two years. If your score is at least within the average range, we will ask you to watch two videos and play five computer games. As you do this, we will measure your body signals. We will also ask your parents to answer some questions about you.

Interested in participating

For more information about this study and to see if you are eligible, please contact Tithi Paul at 416-425-6220 ext. 6352 or email: Contacting us does not obligate you to participate.

Funding Agency

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)  

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