Ciera Crowell

Ciera Crowell
University Pompeu Fabra | UPF · Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC)

PhD

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Introduction
Ciera Crowell is a researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a specific interest in UX research, virtual reality environments, embodied interaction, and technologies for special needs.

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Publications (12)
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Despite a proliferation in digital intervention tools for autism, many studies lack comparison with standard intervention tools, and are not evaluated with objective and standardized measures. In this article, we present research on the potential of mixed reality (MR) experiences using full-body interaction to foster social initiation behaviors in...
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Background Collaboration is an interpersonal process which builds upon social skills and mutual understanding. Due to characteristic social challenges, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders may benefit from structured collaborative virtual environments that offer adequate conditions to practice communication and social behaviors with other users...
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This doctoral work focuses on strategies for designing and implementing playful interactive experiences for social intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In particular, this study explores strategies for fostering socialization in children with autism with the use of digital technologies, and the corresponding interaction design pr...
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Interpersonal distance is defined as the area which we choose to keep between ourselves and others, revealed through observation and cultural components. Although previous studies have suggested the possibility of alterations in perception of interpersonal distance in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it remains unknown whether these differen...
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When players enter into an interactive game setting, they undertake a process of discovery and subsequent distinguishing of the rules and goals which will prevail in the play context. However, this process of forming understanding is often altered by the subtle expectations which prevail upon the interaction setting. In this paper, we argue that us...
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Despite increased focus on classroom support, children with cognitive and learning disorders still face high levels of social exclusion in integrative mainstream schools due to impairments in social communication. Following previous structured social technological interventions which have proved useful in increasing social skills of children with A...
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This work is focused on the specific properties and evaluation of full-body interaction design of multi-user mixed reality environments. The main goal is to study how full-body interaction can aid in intervention strategies for children with autism, to improve their understanding and adoption of social behaviors with peers and with society in gener...
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterized by social and communication difficulties, which can result in challenges forming relationships with peers and taking part in imaginative play. Play Therapy creates recreational spaces where children can learn social skills in an exploratory and creative manner. As children with ASD have a unique aff...
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This article addresses the design and study of novel interaction settings and systems supporting collocated interaction. More specifically, we aim to analyze the implications of two different interaction approaches, namely first-person and third-person interaction paradigms, and the corresponding theoretical approaches when designing and developing...
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We present the full-body interaction system Lands of Fog, a multi-user experience designed with and for children with ASD to foster social initiation and collaborative behaviors. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder which negatively impacts social communication abilities, resulting in significant problems forming and main...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by impaired social communication capacities which can prevent the formation of social relationships with peers. In recent years, potential programs for people with ASD have increasingly used Information and Communication Technologies mainly motivated by the affinity that people with ASD show towards technol...

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