Research Paper The e_Motion research proposal integrates 3D visualization, haptic technology and rapid prototyping as a window into the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) mind. It represents an exciting evolution of past work done on emotion and digital media. Through the ground-breaking research of Simon Baron-Cohen and others we have learned that ASD falls along a broad spectrum, and high-functioning autistics like Temple Grandin have taught us that they are handicapped not by their ASD, but by the fact that they learn in different ways from “neurotypicals”. It is now well known that many ASD people are visual thinkers and learners, and Dr. Rauch proposes to utilize state-of-the-art but “APPROACHABLE” digital technologies that will allow them to speak with distinct and enhanced visual voices. This differs from art therapy in that it will lead to a better understanding of how ASD individuals think and feel, through visualization. That the products of creativity might allow psychologists and neuroscientists to better place individuals along the ASD spectrum is especially critical on an international scale. Dr. Rauch currently joins collaborators such as Dr. Stuart Shanker, Prof. Jason Nolan and Dr. Evan Thompson, who are working on studies in ASD, emotion, education and communication. Dr. Rauch’s unique contribution emphasizes emotion and visualization through digital 3D production and haptic technologies.
- Barbara Rauch, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada www2.ocadu.ca/bio/dr-barbara-rauch
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