Technologies for enhancing human abilities and capacities.


Our research area deepens the application of Emerging Technologies within the so-called Neurodevelopmental Disorders, whether it is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the objective is to implement Immersive Virtual Environments ( EVI) o Multitouch technologies that, together with physiological measurement devices (Eye Tracking, Electrodermal Activity, Movement …), can provide specialized professionals with quantitative support for the evaluations carried out at present.

Given the technological evolution suffered in recent times, we have non-invasive devices that adapt to the profile of this type of patients. Furthermore, these systems, in turn, function as natural learning or training environments. In them, the therapist has control over the degree of stimulating exposure of the participant. In this way, these natural and ecological environments are presented as an individualized therapeutic alternative and adapted to the characteristics of each child. In addition, they are ideal contexts in which to perform an intervention that would be complex in the real world due to the characteristics of the patients.

Principales aportaciones del área

This newly created unit connects with all the scientific knowledge acquired by i3b over the years in the use of technology as a tool for learning and in turn for diagnosis. But this time, our priority is to focus on providing effective and valid help for children with developmental disabilities.

We started our journey in 2015, demonstrating how Virtual Reality could be a tool that helps to fix knowledge in adolescents and children.

We continued with the use of virtual environments as a context to improve levels of impulsivity in adolescents and how this affected the improvement of attention levels.

To the technological knowledge we added the ability we had to keep track of the non-conscious responses of the children while interacting with a virtual context, but of a natural nature. We knew from the literature that both the Electrodermal Activity and the use of Eye-Tracking had been studied as tools that could be indicators of the condition. But there was no combination of these measures in the literature together with a follow-up of the movement of the participants in such an ecological and non-invasive context, in which we could stimulate them visually, auditorily and even olfactively.