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Dr Abigail Jackson


Abigail Jackson is a Senior Research Associate with the School of Psychological Science and the TARG research group. She is running a project specifically developing an app-based intervention for children on the autism spectrum. In doing so she has used qualitative research methods in the form of focus groups, user experience workshops (with staff and pupils), online surveys regarding current practice as well as proof of concept testing, all in line with the AboutFace App. The app itself is designed to teach emotional processes and facial recognition to autistic pupils by teaching six emotions through the use of photographic images of people from different races, ages, and genders. To further develop this work Abigail and her colleagues were successful in being awarded funds from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to create in-class resources to compliment the app and support group work.

Abigail Jackson completed her PhD candidate as part of the Transtechnology Research Group at Plymouth University, after receiving AHRC funding via The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training. Her PhD was titled: Movement, Technological Mediation and Embodied Interactions, in the Education of children with autism.

Abigail also holds a BA Hons Dance Theatre Degree, and a Masters of Research Dance (both achieved at Plymouth University), and a PGCert in Autism (Children) from Birmingham University. Her current research has developed into a multidisciplinary project where she aims to facilitate improvised, responsive, movement sessions, in the development of creative intervention, for autistic children, with digital mediation embedded in its investigation. The progression of this project is aligning with research into the increased connection with technology, for autistic child, as new technologies are introduced to the schooling, and home, environment.

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