Social Attention in a Virtual Public Speaking Task in Higher Functioning Children with Autism

We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the IES, National Institute for Mental Health, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Lisa Capps Endowment Fund, and the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD)

The goal of the SAV Lab is to examine the degree to which social- attention theory can be effectively extended from research with preschool children to inform basic and applied developmental studies of school-aged children with Autism, ADHD and other exceptionalities.

UC Davis Receives $1.5 Million National IES Grant for One of a Kind Study of Academic Development in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (click here for full article)

In March of 2012, UC Davis received a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) to better understand what helps and what hinders learning and academic development in elementary and secondary students with ASD.  An additional goal of the study is to compare academic development in students affected by both Autism and ADHD with students only affected by ADHD.  The IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education and its goal is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on all education practice and policy.


Previous Study

We asked our participants to wear a “head mounted display” so they could view, and feel like they were sitting in a virtual classroom. This virtual classroom was developed by JeremyBailenson at Stanford, and William Jarrold at UC Davis, as well as the rest of the SAV LAB Team.

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