Australian research project seeking participants (autistic and non-autistic) for a study into interoception (the messages that you receive from your senses)

Please not that this is not an Autism Centre study

Invitation to participate in research on Interoception (the messages that you receive from your senses)

What? The purpose of this project is to examine how the interoceptive sense is felt and sensed by adults with and without Autism. The interoceptive sense includes the feelings of thirst, hunger, fullness, heartbeat perception, pain, temperature and affective touch (slow gentle stroking on the skin).

The research team requests your assistance, and your contribution will also contribute towards the development and design of an Adult Interoceptive self-report questionnaire. By designing a scale that identifies each adult’s unique interoceptive profile (firstly if a challenge exists, and secondly what may be the makeup of these challenges), this may assist in designing training programmes to develop strategies which may help adults with and without autism.


We are interested in hearing from adults on the autism spectrum as well as adults without autism. You are over 18 years of age. For those on the autism spectrum, you also have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by an appropriately qualified professional (Psychologist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist).

How? Your participation will involve answering a series of questions that will take approximately 30-35 minutes of your time. Participation is entirely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. Also, you are free to not answer any question that you don’t feel comfortable doing so.

You will be asked to indicate on a scale of 1 to 7 questions relating to how you sense hunger, thirst and other body processes. You will also be asked questions relating to emotions, as well as questions relating to basic personality traits.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact: Lisa Fiene, School of Psychology and Counselling, University of Southern Queensland M +61 (0)409 905 264  E

To access the online survey, please click on the following link…….



About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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