“For the 2nd year in a row, UCF RESTORES, a lab within the department of Psychology, displayed avatars that they developed for Social Anxiety research. Currently, these avatars are used as a way for children with Social Anxiety Disorder to implement and practice social skills learned from their clinician. Although this has served to be quite successful, the team found that avatars are limited in terms of what they can say.
This prompted Deborah Beidel, Ph.D., the director of UCF RESTORES, to apply for, and receive, a grant working with Virtually Better Inc. to develop artificial intelligence for the avatars.”
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