Researchers using virtual reality to fight Autism

Columbia (WACH) Autism affects many American households. It mainly impacts an area of the brain responsible for social interaction and communication skills making it difficult to relate to others. Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing a virtual reality computer program they hope will help.

Doctors can create characters that show certain emotions and situations and then monitor where the patient is having difficulty with recognizing that emotional expression. The hope is to help children and adults with autism learn emotion by improving eye contact and social engagement.