Children get social with virtual peers

Life-size 3-D versions of children can draw kids with autism into social encounters

By Bruce Bower, 16:52 PM June 8, 2009

PARK CITY, Utah — Children with autism and related developmental disorders typically can’t carry on a conversation or play cooperatively with peers. Encouragingly, though, life-size virtual youngsters displayed on large computer screens can draw kids with autism into social encounters, psychologist Justine Cassell of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., reported June 5 at a meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, which focuses on research about psychological development.

In a preliminary ...

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