Video game research and autism, motor and brain development lab
Brittany Travers, an assistant professor for the occupational therapy program in the department of kinesiology, studies the motor skills of individuals on the autism spectrum. She is studying the relationship between motor and brain development. Travers’ research involves children learning motor skills through video games, like the Wii system. Travers analyzes the subject’s movements during games. These games and the Wii board, in addition to helping the subjects develop stronger balance and stability, allow Travers to capture motor and postural data for study. Travers hopes to reveal how improved motor skills may reduce autism severity.