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Sensing Autism: The Brain in VR – Malta Café Scientifique
14 March @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brain – Power – Neuroscience
Date and Time:
Wednesday 14 March, 7:00PM
Venue: Studio B
What does it feel to walk in someone else’s shoes? As humans it is not always easy for us to fully empathise with another person’s disabilities or disorders, especially if we do not have first-hand experience of such disorders, or have no close relatives with whom we can associate. Empathy can be described as that ability that allows one to sense the emotions, feelings, and beliefs of other individuals. It may consist of a number of components from superimposing on oneself what we see in others, to one that allows us to understand others through perspective taking or emotional concern.
In this talk, Dr Vanessa Camilleri will be presenting a possible solution to helping a person walk in someone else’s shoes – in the shoes of a child who is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Four classroom scenarios have been recreated, filmed in a realistic setting, and re-purposed for a 360 Virtual Reality environment.
Can this immersive environment lead us to truly understand what it feels like for a child on the autism spectrum to go through a “normal” day at school? Can we become more aware of the possible feelings and sensations that may be triggered as a result of a multitude of amplified visual and auditory stimuli? During this talk, participants will also have the opportunity to discuss these questions and experience the virtual reality of “Walking in Small Shoes: Living Autism.”
Malta Café Scientifique thanks the STEAM project funded by the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership, Spazju Kreattiv for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).
- 14 March
- 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Event Category:
St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
- Spazju Kreattiv
- 180 min
- Creative Team
- Danielle Martine Farrugia, Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Samuel Ciantar
- With the participation of
- Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership, Spazju Kreattiv, l-Universita ta' Malta and Malta Chamber of Scientists