Participants sought for studies Your opinion about silent clapping

Silent clapping, also known as jazz hands, are increasingly used at events in attempts to make them more inclusive for neurodivergent people (people with neurodevelopmental conditions). Researchers at Karolinska Institutet are conducting a short online survey to understand what people think about silent clapping.

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About the study

“Silent clapping,” “jazz hands,” or “visual applause” are now commonly seen at conferences and events in place of traditional clapping to express approval, appreciation, or happiness. Silent clapping has been implemented by event and conference organizers in attempts to make conferences and events more neurodivergent-friendly. Yet, we have little data on what the community actually thinks about silent clapping and its usefulness. Participate in a short survey about your experiences and thoughts about silent clapping.

Who can participate?

If you are a neurodivergent person, researcher, clinician, individual close to a neurodivergent person (e.g., family member), or other stakeholder that attends events or conferences relating to neurodivergence, you can participate in a short anonymous survey to share your experiences and perspectives about silent clapping. 

Contact information

Melissa Black

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Sven Bölte


Processing of personal data

Your personal data is processed for the purposes of this study in accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The legal entity responsible for processing of your personal data is Karolinska Institutet. The Data Protection Officer can be reached at The data will be analyzed on a group level, handled confidentially and it will be stored in a secure database at Karolinska Institutet. You can terminate your participation in the study at any time.