DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE ANGER SIMULATION FOR USE WITH FMRI SCANNING

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,856.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0479
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0180
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SIMMERSION LLC
9861 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 200, Columbia, MD, 21046
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128822736
Principal Investigator:
Dale Olsen
President
(443) 283-2504
dale.olsen@simmersion.com
Business Contact:
Robert Jones
CFO
(443) 283-2575
bob.jones@simmersion.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Significant adjustment issues can occur as warfighters transition from combat to home. One area of adjustment involves the appropriate control of anger. We propose to develop and test a prototype conversation simulation that allows for the collection of reliable data on brain activity associated with anger. This prototype will involve a simulated conversation which is designed to provoke anger in a user through the use of multiple anger-provoking statements made toward a user by a simulated character. This prototype will allow for the design of two new kinds of simulations, one that focuses on a more sophisticated study of neural pathways involved in anger and one that is an empirically-based training and intervention simulation. These simulations will provide a critical resource for warfighters returning home.

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