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April 4, 2016

Computational behavioral science develops tools to reach children with autism

Computer scientist Rosalind Picard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing wearable sensors to measure the subtle changes that naturally occur in the body during social interactions. Picard's group focuses largely on children with autism and other nonverbal learning disabilities that make it difficult for them to understand and communicate their emotions, and to be understood. Among the technologies Picard's group has developed is a new creative learning platform for the digital age called StoryScape, an open and customizable platform for creating animated storybooks that can interact with the physical world. It is available free on Android devices.

Credit: National Science Foundation

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