Virtual Reality-Social Cognition Training (VR-SCT)

Primary Investigator: Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D

Investigator: Daniel Yang, Ph.D.


VR-SCT intervention is an evidence-based treatment for adults with autism. Previous studies have shown that VR-SCT intervention is effective in improving social skills, social cognition, and social functioning. In this study, we want to advance knowledge of it's effects from a neural perspective. Specifically, we want to assess the brain function and structure, and study their relationships with the effects of the intervention. Participation in this study will involve several visits to the Yale Child Study Center. During these visits, participants will fill out questionnaires, engage in clinician interviews and behavioral testing, participate in social skills training using a state-of-the-art virtual reality intervention, and/or have Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. The intervention will involve two hours per week of treatment, delivered by trained therapists, across a period of approximately 5 weeks.

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Criteria for participation

  • Adult ages 18-40
  • With a current diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s Disorder 
  • Able to receive MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans

Research Components:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan
  • Questionnaires 
  • Clinician interviews 
  • Behavioral testing 
  • Interactive Virtual Reality intervention 


For More Information:

Erin MacDonnell
(203) 737-3439