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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recruiting: Another Shriver Center Study

Express Yourself – Capturing the Facial Expressions of People with ASD and Those of Their Neurotypical Peers

Download the Express Yourself Study Flyer HERE.

Express Yourself is a research project studying children and adolescents aged 10-17. We are recording facial expressions produced by people with ASD in various situations. In order to analyze their expressions, we place tiny reflective stickers on subjects' faces, and capture the movement of those stickers with the same type of cameras used to create movies like Avatar and The Polar Express.

Participation in this study will involve one to two visits to our laboratory at the UMass Medical School Shriver Center in Waltham. In the first visit, your child will complete a series of standardized assessments. Based on this information, we will determine whether he or she meets the specific qualifications for the study. If so, we will then schedule a second visit to return and complete the research task.

When selected participants return for the research task, we will introduce them to the motion-capture cameras and place 32 tiny reflective stickers on their faces. They will then watch videos, view pictures or participate in conversation. They will be asked to respond to the images or videos using a computer keyboard or by retelling what they just saw.

Participants receive gift cards to Amazon or Toys R Us, and a small gift. The Shriver Center in Waltham is reachable by public transportation and has ample free parking.

To learn more about participating in Express Yourself or other studies underway in the F.A.C.E. lab at Shriver, please contact the Research Coordinator at (781) 642-0276, or facelab@umassmed.edu


Principle Investigator Dr. Ruth Grossman describing the Express Yourself project. Dr. Grossman is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School and also an Assistant Professor at Emerson College.

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