Social Cognition

What if your most daunting aspiration was to make a friend? For many with social cognition deficits, reading facial expressions and knowing how to respond are confusing daily challenges that pose barriers to relationships and career goals. Scientists at the Center for BrainHealth are examining ways to improve life-enhancing social cognition skills for individuals on the autism spectrum to help them achieve social and economic independence.

Since 2008, researchers at the Center for BrainHealth have been investigating how virtual reality social skills training provides dynamic and realistic opportunities for social success. In each session, participants are immersed into a live, interactive coaching session that uses face-tracking technology and is designed to stimulate social-cognitive reasoning skills.   


Why Virtual Reality?

Measuring Social Brain Change


Real-World Results

Three-month follow-up results show:  

The Center for BrainHealth’s research team is partnering with Yale University's Child Study Center to test the feasibility of providing the research-based training program to young adults across the country. This ongoing partnership seeks to help those on the autism spectrum achieve economic and social independence. Each study participant meets with a clinician for individualized sessions conducted using the Internet. Each session includes a nonscripted conversation that instills social brain strategies to help participants reach personal goals. 

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