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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Sensorimotor learning of facial expressions: A novel intervention for autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bartlett, Marian

Description

Description

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are impaired in their ability to produce and perceive dynamic facial expressions. Automated facial expression recognition technology opens new possibilities for clinical research, assessment, and intervention systems. This project will develop a computer assisted intervention system to enhance the social communication skills of children with ASD. The computer vision tool enables novel interventions that focus on facial expression production. Intervention games will be developed to provide automated feedback on facial expressions produced by children with ASD in an engaging and cost-effective manner. In addition to improving production skills, practice with facial expression production may also improve perception skills by linking motor production with perception. This project will also characterize facial expression production of children with ASD in a battery of assessment tasks, including automated facial expression measurement with the Computer Expression Recognition Toolbox (CERT). The intervention system proposed here could have tremendous impact on social development in any patient population with atypical facial expression production, including ASD and attention deficit disorder. The project will also contribute to the understanding of the development and learning of motor skills essential to social functioning.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

494454

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Sensorimotor learning of facial expressions: A novel intervention for autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, San Diego

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

5RC1MH088633-02

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

Yes

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Sensorimotor learning of facial expressions: A novel intervention for autism | 497336 | 2009 | 1RC1MH088633-01

 
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