2018 AMI Online Salon

POND Brain: An e-Learning Resource to Improve Public Understanding of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Midori Nediger; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisors: Michael Corrin, Marc Dryer; Content advisor: Dr. Laurie Doering
  • Copyright: © 2017 Midori Nediger
  • Medium / software used: 3D Slicer, Pixologic ZBrush, HTML/CSS/JavaScript (Three.js)
  • Final presentation format: Website
  • Primary audience: Lay audience

Project Description

Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are a group of brain disorders marked by social, language, motor, and cognitive disabilities. Current neuroscience research is of particular relevance to those affected by neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), but a deficit of neuroscience literacy in the lay public prevents this demographic from accessing this information through the scientific literature.

The goal of this project is to provide an accessible, interactive learning tool for those affected by NDDs to gain a deeper understand of their disorders. The 3D brain models are used both to depict typical brain anatomy and to display structural and functional information about the neurobiological bases of ASD, ADHD, and OCD. It was designed to accommodate updates to this information as the research develops.