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Enhancing Social Lives with Virtual Reality

Center for BrainHealth

Many people struggle in social situations. Reading facial expressions and knowing how to respond are a daily challenge for many with high-functioning autism as well as for some who are not on the spectrum. Since 2008, researchers at the Center for BrainHealth® have been investigating how to provide social brain-training using a virtual reality platform. The resulting scientifically tested program immerses participants in a video game like environment that includes dynamic face-tracking technology and a live clinician whose avatar provides social coaching through a variety of conversational scenarios. Learn more about the
  • To find out if you are eligible to participate in the research study, Social Awareness in Young Adults with Autism (Ages 17-40), click here.
  • The Brain Performance Institute, part of the Center for BrainHealth, is currently offering this social cognition virtual reality training to the public. To find out more about the Strategy-Based Social Cognition Training for people 8-17, click here.
  • If you have questions, or would like to learn more, email us at BrainHealthVR@utdallas.edu .
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