June 20, 2012
Face Camp, Mazes And More
Dr. Jim Tanaka, a professor of psychology at the University of Victoria, has attracted international attention in the past for his research on facial recognition and now he is leading UVic’s new Centre for Autism Research Technology and Education (CARTE) in breakthrough computer interventions to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The centre was launched last fall and has already had success with FaceMaze, a Pac-man like game that helps children with ASD to express facial emotions, and now a new activity called iScrapbook is being developed. iScrapbook will use an iPad App so children can build their own scrapbooks. The application is an effective instrument for children to remember faces, recognize emotions and respond to social scenarios—while they play!
Tanaka is seeking children of all abilities from five to 12 years old to participate in a research project examining children’s face recognition by doing fun, hands-on activities at a free camp in early and mid-July in Victoria. For more info on Safari Face Camp, visit the CARTE website: http://web.uvic.ca/~carte/.
Dr. Jim Tanaka (CARTE/Psychology) at 250-721-7541 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne MacLaurin (Communications Officer, Social Sciences) at 250-217-4259 or email@example.com Please note: Anne is back in the office Tuesday, June 26
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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