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SXSW features Center for BrainHealth talk -- VR: Building healthier social brains

Using virtual reality to help individuals on the autism spectrum achieve social and economic independence

Center for BrainHealth

What if your most daunting aspiration was to make a friend?

For many on the autism spectrum, reading facial expressions and knowing how to respond are confusing daily challenges that create barriers to relationships and career goals.

Cognitive neuroscientists, clinicians and game developers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have created a virtual reality platform to help individuals on the autism spectrum achieve social and economic independence. Currently part of a research collaboration between the Center for BrainHealth and Yale University's Child Study Center, the scientifically validated brain enhancing therapy is a fun, high-tech game with state-of-the-art graphics, real-time face tracking and personalized avatars.

Join us on Tuesday, March 17 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at SXSW Interactive as Center for BrainHealth's Founder and Chief Director, Dr. Sandra Chapman, and Brain Performance Institute Creative Director, Carl Lutz, discuss the neuroscience and technology behind the game and how virtual reality can lead to positive real world outcomes. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Center for BrainHealth and its Brain Performance Institute will host a booth at the SX Health & MedTech Expo March 16 & 17, providing virtual reality demonstrations and sharing the latest leading-edge research and scientifically validated programs. SX Health & MedTech Expo is located at the JW Marriot Hotel in Austin, TX in the 2nd Floor Exhibition Hall.


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