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|Session Name:||Future Realities Summit: Kids and XR: Leveling up While Playing It Safe|
|Speaker(s):||Kimberly Hieftje, Asher Marks|
|Company Name(s):||XRPeds, Yale, XRPeds, Yale|
|Track / Format:||Future Realities Summit|
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|Overview:||Beyond entertainment, young people are utilizing head mounted displays (HDMs) for social, developmental, health, and clinical applications. However, the impact of the long-term use of HDMs in young people are still unknown and research is lacking. Various issues that remain insufficiently explored include effects on brain development and plasticity, vision, reality differentiation, and vergence-accommodation conflict. Beyond the physical, lie the psychologic impacts these technologies have the power to exert, particularly when social components are considered. Dr. Kimberly Hieftje and Dr. Asher Marks, co-founders of XRPediatrics (XRPeds) at Yale University will explore the value of XR in the development of clinical applications and behavioral interventions focused on youth and young adults. In addition, they will identify, and describe how to navigate, the safety concerns that must be considered in the development of XR experiences for youth.|