Auditory processing research - participants needed for neuroimaging study

Participants are needed for our neuroimaging study to better understand Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) experienced by young school-aged children.

Auditory processing research

We are looking for children to participate in our neuroimaging study to investigate links between children's hearing abilities and their brain organization. This will enable us to better understand Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) experienced by young school-aged children.

What’s involved?

  • Participation will require one or two visits depending on your availability, with a duration of two hours in total.
  • Children will complete a hearing test assessment and an MRI scan to record brain activity.
  • Participants (including parents) will be reimbursed $30 in vouchers to help with travel costs.

Eligibility criteria

Children:

  • aged between nine and thirteen years old
  • who are native English speakers or fluent in English
  • with no hearing difficulties
  • or diagnosed with APD.

However, your child will be excluded if they have:

  • any implants in their body
  • braces.

Contact

We would greatly appreciate it if you would allow your child to participate in our research. Please read the documents below and feel free to contact us for further information.

Mr Ashkan Alvand

Email: a.alvand@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Abin K Mathew

Email: ak.mathew@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Suzanne Purdy

Email: sc.purdy@auckland.ac.nz

Documents

Statement of ethics approval

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 18 October 2019 for a period of six years.
Reference Number: 023546

LEGO bricks
We familiarize your children about the concepts of the MRI scan with LEGO bricks. MRI is a large tunnel, like a long doughnut, which is actually a camera with a tunnel going through the middle. It takes pictures of the inside of your child’s body.