Institute of Education


A 'multimodal interaction' approach to autism research

Start: Mar 29, 2017 12:30 PM
End: Mar 29, 2017 01:30 PM

Location: UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

Range of hand gestures and expressions

The UCL Knowledge Lab invites all to this talk by Dr Terhi Korkiakangas (UCL Institute of Education).

Challenges in social interaction and communication in autism are well documented. Most psychological research in the field draws on experimental paradigms, which can be useful for providing quantitative information of such challenges, but are limited in terms of ecological validity.

A qualitative, video-based ‘multimodal interaction’ framework offers an approach focused on micro-analysis of the organisation of speech, gaze, gesture, and other body movement. This talk draws on video examples from clinical and educational settings, and discusses the potential of the approach in autism studies and beyond.

About the speaker

Dr Terhi Korkiakangas is a social interaction researcher with a background in Psychology. Her principal research interests are in the use of talk, gaze, gesture, movement and material objects in interactions. She works primarily with video recorded data, drawing on a multimodally-inspired approach to conversation analysis.

This seminar is free and open to all. Non-UCL attendees should please register in advance by emailing m.cannon@ucl.ac.uk.

Related links

Event contact

Michelle Cannon

Image: by n e o g e j o via Flickr