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Tablet Games for Self Regulation

Funded by SSHRC, GRAND and MSR


How can we provide education for some of the world's poorest children? Even with access to education many children are unable to stay calm and focus on learning due to the multiple traumas they have suffered: poverty, parental mental illness and addictions, homelessness and civil war. In this project we explore how to design a brain-computer interface for tablet-based self-regulation games that may help these children succeed at school by providing a modern take on the ancient practice of meditation using neurofeedback.


  • Antle, A.N., Chesick, L., Levisohn, A., Sridharan, S.K., and Tan P. (2015) Using neurofeedback to teach self-regulation to children living in poverty. In Proceedings of Conference on Interaction Design for Children (IDC '15), ACM Press (Medford, MA, USA, June 21-24), 119-128. [This is the first report of the 16 week field study and includes only assessment results for pre and mid points in the study.]

  • Antle, A.N. and Bevans, A. (2012) Creative design: Exploring value propositions with urban nepalese children. In Proceedings of Advances in Computer Entertainment (ACE '12), Springer, (Kathmandu, Nepal, November 3-6), 465-468. [This paper descibes a workshop that was run in Kathmandu, and extended to interviews in Pokara, and led to the idea for this project]


Current Team

  • Alissa N. Antle: Research, Project and Design Lead
  • Leslie Chesick, Nepal House Society, Trauma Therapist
  • Perry Tan, System Programming

  • Rachael Eckersley, Art
  • Thomas Edwards, Game Programming
  • Srilekha Kirshnamachari Sridharan, Data Analysis
  • Randa Aljohani, Testing

Previous Team

Graduate Students

  • Aaron Levisohn: Project Manager and Usability Researcher
  • Anna Macaranas: Project Manager

Undergraduate Students

  • Saba Nowroozi: Interaction Design
  • Rachael Eckersley (FCAT Undergraduate Research Award): Art
  • Joseph Leung: Programming
  • Nathan Waddington: Android-Neuroskyp Programming



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Research Interests

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