Traditional tests used to assess severity and types of autism have been falling under scrutiny in the field of science. A group of social cognitive researchers have begun experimenting with VR to mirror human interactions in efforts to gain more reliable data. The success they are finding is due in part to their ability to control the avatar with a computer, and, therefore, more accurately assess interactions with participants. For example, researchers use a VR eye tracker to see where on the screen the participant is looking, programming the avatar to respond to the participants eye movements. The next step will involve more realistic social interactions using fully immersive VR headsets.
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