Study: Come Interact and Play Music with our Avatar!

(Above) Example of participant interacting in real-time with our avatar.

What is the study for? This study investigates the interactions between an avatar and a person in our custom body suit. We investigate, in a playful setting, how to improve the person’s body awareness to improve motor control.
Who can participate? Participation is open to all, we welcome healthy individuals and individuals with disorders of the nervous systems (for example, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome). Those with professional dancing experience in ballet and other dance forms are also encouraged to participate. Participants of all ages are invited, as our custom suits can fit adults and children.

What will the participant do? The participant might be asked to execute natural movements, such as walking, basic balance movements, and to play with the avatar to make it play music or movies, depending on the participant’s preferences. A variety of physiological signals will be collected using wearables. For example movement, brain signals, temperature, and heart rate.
How long is the experiment? The experiment is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours long. This time includes set-up and recording time. Additional time may be added for breaks based on the participant’s preferences.

Where and when does the experiment take place? The experiment will be conducted at the Sensory-motor Integration Lab in the Psychology Building of the Busch campus at Rutgers University (for exact address see below). The exact day and time can be coordinated any day and time of the week (including weekends) based on the availability of the participant.

What is the compensation? There is a monetary compensation of $25 per visit.How do I participate? Please contact any of the following people if you or your child would be interested in

How do I participate? Please contact any of the following people if you or your child would be interested in participating in the experiment.

Contact:

Vilelmini Kalampratsidou, Lead person,
vilelmini.kalabratsidou@gmail.com, P: 732 749 2655

Richa Rai, Lab Manager,
richarai9@gmail.com, P: 732-586-8645

Elizabeth B. Torres, Principal Investigator,
ebtorres@rci.rutgers.edu, P: 732 208 3158

Address:

Psychology Building, Room 116
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ, 08854

This announcement has been posted as a courtesy by the National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) on behalf of Rutgers University. The announcement and the parties conducting and sponsoring the research meet guidelines established by the NFXF regarding relevancy and appropriateness to Fragile X. The NFXF takes no position and makes no claims as to the potential benefits of the study including those studies involving medications, and cannot be responsible for any outcomes, lack of outcomes or unintended side effects. Your name or other personal information have not been shared with the researchers/company/institution. If interested in participating in this research, it is your responsibility to use the contact information in this announcement. Additional opportunities for being part of research studies can be found at research.fragilex.org.