Combining computer game-based behavioural experiments with high-density EEG and infrared gaze tracking

Yoder, K.J. and Belmonte, M.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-4633-9400, 2010. Combining computer game-based behavioural experiments with high-density EEG and infrared gaze tracking. Journal of Visualized Experiments (46). ISSN 1940-087X


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Rigorous, quantitative examination of therapeutic techniques anecdotally reported to have been successful in people with autism who lack communicative speech will help guide basic science toward a more complete characterisation of the cognitive profile in this underserved subpopulation, and show the extent to which theories and results developed with the high-functioning subpopulation may apply. This study examines a novel therapy, the "Rapid Prompting Method" (RPM). RPM is a parent-developed communicative and educational therapy for persons with autism who do not speak or who have difficulty using speech communicatively.The technique aims to develop a means of interactive learning by pointing amongst multiple-choice options presented at different locations in space, with the aid of sensory "prompts" which evoke a response without cueing any specific response option. The prompts are meant to draw and to maintain attention to the communicative task–making the communicative and educational content coincident with the most physically salient, attention-capturing stimulus – and to extinguish the sensory–motor preoccupations with which the prompts compete.ideo-recorded RPM sessions with nine autistic children ages 8–14years who lacked functional communicative speech were coded for behaviours of interest.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Visualized Experiments
Creators: Yoder, K.J. and Belmonte, M.K.
Publisher: JoVE
Place of Publication: Cambridge, MA
Date: 2010
Number: 46
ISSN: 1940-087X
Rights: Copyright © JoVE 2010
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:18

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