Capturing social motor coordination

a comparison of the Microsoft Kinect, video-motion analysis and the Polhemus Latus motion tracking system

Veronica Romero, Joseph Amaral, Paula Fitzpatrick, R. C. Schmidt, Michael J. Richardson

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Abstract

Social motor coordination remains a relatively overlooked dimension of social behavior in children with ASD. One reason for the lack of research is that the motion tracking equipment historically used for recording body movements of children during social interaction has been very costly, as well as cumbersome and impractical. Here we examined whether two low-cost motion-tracking options can be employed to investigate social motor coordination in children with ASD. Of particular interest was the degree to which these low-cost methods of motion tracking could be used to capture and index the coordination dynamics that occurred between a child and an experimenter in comparison to a much more expensive, laboratory grade, motion tracking system. Overall, the results found the expensive system to be better than the low-cost methods, but that the latter two are still able to index differences in social motor coordination between typically developing and ASD children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOGSCI 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsD. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, P. P. Maglio
Place of PublicationAustin, TX
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Pages2015-2020
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780991196722
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • cognitive science
  • psychology
  • action
  • motor control

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Romero, V., Amaral, J., Fitzpatrick, P., Schmidt, R. C., & Richardson, M. J. (2015). Capturing social motor coordination: a comparison of the Microsoft Kinect, video-motion analysis and the Polhemus Latus motion tracking system. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.), COGSCI 2015: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2015-2020). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.