Neurological SEL Screener
SILAS-D can measure subtle physiological aspects of learning, hidden in the variability of biorhythmic activities registered from the person’s nervous system’s states. These emerge from micro-fluctuations of naturalistic behaviors and are reflected in the eyes, face, and voice, all in response to sensory stimuli guiding the perception-actions loops. From spontaneous, exploratory to intended, goal-directed acts, SILAS-D can track the evolution of physiological sensory-motor statistical learning. We can directly measure these forms of learning, adaptation, transfer, and generalization across different environments and connect them to academic performance rubrics in the domain of Social Emotional Learning.
SILAS/Rutgers University Partnership
In partnership with Professor Torres- SMIL (Sensory Motor Integration Lab) at Rutgers University, SILAS has built a platform for data collection and analysis approved by the Rutgers Institutional Review Board (IRB), to significantly expand our knowledge about social emotions in children of school age. We aim at better understanding children’s emotions by letting them teach us how they project their own feelings and how they interpret the feelings of others in a social group.
Below are three physiological areas that our SILAS-D app will be able to assess as well as what our beta app currently looks like today. Although we use a video camera we do not actually take videos of students. We plot 67 points on a face and then use those points to automatically detect emotions that are present or absent.
What Does It All Mean?
It means that as a teacher in K-12, you will be able to see beyond the limits of your naked eyes, using commercially available technology to fill in the gap of conscious knowledge. The SILAS-D app will be a brief, scalable and objective SEL screening tool aiding the teacher and the student. The app will offer a non-invasive way to collect de-identified, digital physiological data (the building blocks of Social Emotion) to show us for the first time what to expect on the timely progression of developmental-learning milestones. Through commercially available and truly inclusive means like phones, chrome books and tablets, a video camera and microphone will inform us of learning preferences, attentional and emotional windows, so the child is ready to explore, receive instructions and remain curious to learn. We are in the process of gathering the data and connecting the research to practice. Contact us below if you would like to get involved!