Eric Handman, Roger Altizer, Cheryl Wright, and Greg Bayles
Choreografish is a participatory research project leveraging virtual reality, arts engagement, and design to collaborate with young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The research team was motivated by a combination of observations: that some people with ASD experience social anxiety and attendant difficulties accessing social art forms such as dance and choreography, and that some have a predilection for developing patterns as a way of exerting control and making meaning. University of Utah faculty in engineering, dance, and social science collaborated with young adults with ASD on a virtual reality (VR) prototype to explore if synchronizing motion patterns to music may actually play well to the advantages of some on the autism spectrum and lower the barrier to a creative arts experience. Might choreographing in virtual reality help some people with ASD to self-manage anxiety?
Since July 2016
|School of Dance, University of Utah|
|GApp Lab for Medical Games and Apps, University of Utah|
Choreography Virtual Reality Autism Anxiety
Dance Game Design Autism Research
The University of Utah Vice President for Research, The Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program, GApp Lab for Medical Games and Apps, NeuroVersity of Utah, photography and video by Dat Nguyen.