2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Virtual Reality: Building Healthier Social Brains

Tuesday, March 17
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 4
208 Barton Springs Rd


What if your most daunting aspiration was to make a friend? For many on the autism spectrum, reading facial expressions and knowing how to respond are confusing daily challenges that create barriers to relationships and career goals. Cognitive neuroscientists, therapists and game developers at the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas have created a virtual reality platform to help individuals on the autism spectrum achieve social and economic independence. Currently part of a research collaboration between the Center for BrainHealth and Yale University, the scientifically proven brain enhancing therapy is a fun, high-tech game with state-of-the-art graphics, real-time face tracking and personalized avatars that may also have implications for combatting bullying in schools. BrainHealth’s Founder and Chief Director, Sandi Chapman, and Creative Director, Carl Lutz, discuss the neuroscience and technology behind the game and how virtual reality can lead to positive real world outcomes.


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Carl Lutz

Creative Dir

Center for BrainHealth

During 12 years of interactive, web, and video game development experience, Carl Lutz has worked on leading edge technologies in multiple industries. As Creative Director at the Center for BrainHea...

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Sandra Bond Chapman PhD

Founder & Chief Dir

Center for BrainHealth

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor, and author of Make Your Brain S...

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