Do you flap your hands, wiggle your fingers, or experience any other complex movements when engaged in MD? My name is Juliet, and I am currently researching the benefits of Complex Motor Stereotypies (CMS) in adults, for my third-year Psychology project at the University of Sussex. We are looking for participants over the age of 18 to take part in an online study on the relationship between CMS and creativity.
If you demonstrate complex stereotypies (for example, hand flapping or finger movements in front of the face) when you are in an episode of MD, we would REALLY value your participation in this study! We are interested in age 18+ individuals in this group who experience Primary (Non-Autistic) Complex Motor Stereotypies themselves (please note: you do NOT require an official diagnosis of CMS to take part – if you are unsure if you have CMS perhaps explore online to see if you experience the symptoms).
The study will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and involves responding a simple scale about your thoughts and behaviour, taking part in two 8-minute tests of creativity measures, and then answering a few non-invasive questions about your level of interest and engagement in the creative arts. There will also be some non- mandatory open questions at the end, for those who would like to share more about their experiences. We are also collecting data from non-CMS participants, but please do not take part in this study if you experience MD without the presence of CMS, as this may bias results.
All responses will be kept confidential and anonymous, and do not require you to give your name or any personal details. Upon completion, if you wish to, you will be entered into a 25-pound prize draw! If you have any questions or require any more information before taking part, please reply to this post or get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or with my supervisor, Dr. Jennifer Mankin (email@example.com). Thank you!