Category : Cognitive

Turning the Mind into a Joystick

September 18th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Turning the Mind into a Joystick

Today’s New York Times Magazine contains an article about a pioneering new technology that provides users a new way to interact with computers: through their thoughts rather than their eyes or fingers. Technology and innovation labs are investigating ways to use electrocorticographic (ECoG) implants in the brain to augment damaged tissue that causes seizures in […]

iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

July 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

A piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussed the use of multitouch technology — such as that used in iPads, smartphones, and tablet devices — are being investigated as therapy for people living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers from three North American universities are developing therapeutic applications for these devices, branching […]

Communication Apps for Children with Autism

July 24th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Communication Apps for Children with Autism

The fine folks at Enabled have compiled a list of communication apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Among those listed are apps previously mentioned in this space (such as ProLoQuo2Go), plus a few new entries. Nice to see Dragon Dictation evolve to a newly emerging use case; I personally have used this desktop […]

Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

Dyslexie is a typeface developed by Studio Studio to help dyslexic readers better identify and “ground” letter shapes. It’s based on the notion that of the 26 letters in the standard Latin-based alphabet, as used in English, many of the letters look similar. For example, such letters as v/w, i/j and m/n confuse people with […]

Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

July 2nd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

A story in this week’s Herald Sun from Melbourne, Australia described a young girl with a vision disorder who has used the Apple touch-screen tablet to improve her reading. Where Holly Bligh once used a heavy magnifying glass, she is now able to zoom and swipe to read classroom materials. Holly lives with albino nystagmus, […]

Virtual Worlds for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

June 23rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Virtual Worlds for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (also called the T2 Center) has been investigating the use of avatar-based virtual worlds to help thousands of veterans adjust to civilian life after combat. The T2 Center, located in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, provides virtual demonstrations how post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is acquired, including explanations of how […]

“Brain Gyms” May Be the Next Big Business

June 23rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

A Fast Company article this week discussed increased venture capital funding for “brain gyms.” These are subscription websites, originally developed for those with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive difficulties. Interestingly, online game puzzles are finding a growing market for anyone wishing to sharpen their mental abilities. One website (Lumosity.com) is pulling 14 million users from 180 […]

Virtual Reality Improves Social Attention in Autistic Kids

June 7th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Virtual Reality Improves Social Attention in Autistic Kids

New research presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2011 Annual Meeting suggests that virtual reality training may improve social attention skills in school-aged children with higher-functioning autism. A pilot program outfitted 18 children with head-mounted virtual reality equipment, taking part in a virtual classroom setting with avatar “peers” who gradually faded to transparency if […]