I am Dr. Elisabeth Whyte, a psychology post-doctoral research assistant and lecturer at the Pennsylvania State University. I received my PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in the Summer of 2012. I work with Dr. Suzy Scherf in the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience. We study face processing abilities (such as recognizing people and understanding emotions expressed on the face) in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We also examine how interventions may improve these face processing abilities. See our autism research blog at: http://scifundchallenge.org/psuautism/
Outside of my role as a researcher, many people who play the game World of Warcraft (by Blizzard Entertainment) may know me better under my Pseudonym, Lissanna. Through my gaming blog at www.restokin.com, my podcast at www.teamwafflecast.com, and participating as an MVP on Blizzard’s official game forums, I use my knowledge of video games to teach players about the art of using nature spells to heal the wounds of fallen comrades in battle (also known as how to play the “druid” class). My first gaming guide, written in 2006, reached over a million page-views on the official World of Warcraft forums. My current video game blog, restokin.com, has an average of approximately 30,000 visitors per month.
For many years, I kept my Autism research and gaming worlds separated. However, with the help of Dr. Suzy Scherf and Dr. Joshua Smyth (from the Biobehavioral Health department), I have learned that I have a unique skill set that could allow for using my knowledge of video games to improve the quality of computer-based interventions and to make these interventions more fun and engaging, and hopefully more effective!
You can contact me with questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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