Rebecca Zarate
Research Interests

Why can't you sit still!?
Why are you fidgeting so much!
Why are you doing that?

The fundamental questions of life!

I am interested in why we fidget and how fidgeting affects attention and sensory thresholds. Individuals on the autism spectrum and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are diagnosed partially based on the presentation of repetitive/restrictive behaviors or fidgeting behavior, respectively. There is little research investigating the potential functions and mechanisms of these salient behaviors.

As a proud fidgeter myself, I plan to tap (wiggle, rock, and bounce) into this scant field of research.

Currently seeking Python/Pythonista coders to create the data collection iOS app.