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Mood assessment via animated characters (MAAC)

Mood assessment via animated characters (MAAC) (2002 to 2012)

The Centre for Mobile Computing in Mental Health is using animation to help children accurately communicate how they are feeling to clinicians.

The project was developed in collaboration with Drs. Katharina Manassis and Sandra Mendlowitz from the Hospital for Sick Children's department of psychiatry; Jason Sharpe from biomedical communications at the University of Toronto; and Mark Simon, program coordinator of the Sheridan College computer animation program.

The project was originally funded by the Hospital for Sick Children (2003 to 2005), with subsequent funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2009 to 2012).

Manassis K, Mendlowitz S, Kreindler D, Lumsden C, Sharpe J, Simon M, Woolridge N, Monga S, Adler-Nevo G. Mood assessment via animated characters: a novel instrument to evaluate feelings in young anxious children. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2009; 38:380-89.

Learn more about the MAAC Project.