Participation Opportunities

Persons without facial palsy required for research project

We are looking for adult participants who do not have facial palsy to take part in a research study to help in the development of the FRAME sensor technology which will help monitor the progression, and guide the treatment of, diseases such as facial palsy and Parkinson’s disease.

This study aims to investigate a new sensor technology, FRAME, integrated into a regular pair of glasses. FRAME has been designed to allow facial expressions and emotional responses to be measured and tracked over time. The aim of this technology is to measure the progression of diseases, such as facial palsy and Parkinson’s disorder, via facial expressions and emotional responses. To help in the development process, we need to analyse healthy people’s faces and to check whether FRAME can accurately track their facial expressions.

To standardise the results all participants will be asked to watch a series of selected video clips designed to elicit emotional responses such as happiness, sadness, fear and anxiety. Whilst you are watching the videos, your facial expressions will be recorded in a range of commonly used ways. We will use videos, and we will also measure facial muscle movements using electromyography (EMG; electrodes attached you your skin) which is a highly sensitive method to pick up tiny muscle signals from your muscles. Finally we will use the FRAME glasses themselves. This will allow us to compare the performance of the FRAME sensor technology to the commonly used ways and to compare the emotional responses of people who are healthy with those who have conditions affecting facial expressions (facial palsy and Parkinson’s disease). Finally, you will be asked to complete a series of standardized questionnaires.

When?

Monday 17th September to Friday 21st September or Monday 24th September to Friday 28th September, attendance will be required for one hour Monday morning and one hour Friday morning. The rest of the study will be carried out during the week from home, please allow one hour per day.

Where?

Queen Victoria Hospital, Holtye Rd, East Grinstead RH19 3DZ

How long?

Each session will take approximated 60 minutes to finish no later than 12 noon.

Important

Participants must be able to read a hand set without reading glasses.

Why?

The results will help us to better understand whether this new sensor technology, FRAME, can help improve outcomes for people living with facial palsy and Parkinson’s disease.

How

To express your interest contact us.

Reimbursement

Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Thank you

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Last reviewed: 11-06-2018    ||    Next review due: 11-06-2021