A nice interview w/ the UAB researchers, Dr. Biasini and Dr. Hopkins, and one of the study participants, 11 yo MaryLeigh Wear, is airing on some local TV stations. It's great to see how tickled she is with the silly games :-). They omitted her best quote, though. The interviewer asked, "What did you learn from playing FaceSay?". MaryLeigh replied, "I learned I need to look at both halves of the face. I've been looking at just the bottom half."
Dr. Biasini and Dr. Hopkins turned at looked at each other, half wondering if the other had coached MaryLeigh to say that :-). With my Montessori-sh "revelation vs explanation" approach, I never say that in the games. But it's exactly the sort of "Aha moment" that I hoped for.
Read one of the news stories (cached on google)
See the UAB Researchers and one of the students talk about FaceSay's silly games and real benefits.
Watch the TV Interview
Read an interesting interview that first gave me the idea that such an "Aha" might be both possible and a big help.