John McGowan

Biography

For my PhD at Edinburgh Napier University, my research involved the production and investigation of the use an interactive real-time audio visual tool to aid in music therapy for people on the autism spectrum. A prototype application, CymaSense, was successfully trialled with autistic participants in a 12-week study. Results indicated an increase in communicative behaviours. See cyma-sense.uk for further information.

A new project, Stress Management Augmented Reality Tool (SMART) is looking at ways in which to assist people with autism in helping manage stress through technology. See the link below for Research Gate.

I completed an MSc in Animation and Visualisation a few years ago at DJCAD in Dundee, and am Lecturing in Sound Technology, Audio and Responsive Environments at Napier as well as supervising Masters and Honours Degree projects. I am also a 3D generalist although my recent skill set has focused on Modelling, Dynamics and Compositing. In addition I have been a writing/recording and performing musician for the past 30 years, and continue to integrate music with my academic work.

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Evaluation of the Use of Real-time 3D Graphics to Augment Therapeutic Music Sessions for Young People on the Autism Spectrum

Journal Article
Mcgowan, J. J., Mcgregor, I., & Leplatre, G. (2021)
Evaluation of the Use of Real-time 3D Graphics to Augment Therapeutic Music Sessions for Young People on the Autism Spectrum. ACM transactions on accessible computing, 14(1), https://doi.org/10.1145/3445032
The present research evaluates the effectiveness of CymaSense, a real-time 3D visualisation application developed by the authors, as a means of improving the communicative beh...

Real-time 3D Graphic Augmentation of Therapeutic Music Sessions for People on the Autism Spectrum

Thesis
McGowan, J. J. Real-time 3D Graphic Augmentation of Therapeutic Music Sessions for People on the Autism Spectrum. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2386291
This thesis looks at the requirements analysis, design, development and evaluation of an application, CymaSense, as a means of improving the communicative behaviours of autist...

Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics

Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J., Leplatre, G., & McGregor, I. (2018)
Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics. https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.67
What does music look like? Representation of sound has taken many forms over time, from sinusoidal wave patterns, through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the...

CymaSense: a novel audio-visual therapeutic tool for people on the autism spectrum.

Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J., Leplâtre, G., & McGregor, I. (2017)
CymaSense: a novel audio-visual therapeutic tool for people on the autism spectrum. In ASSETS '17 Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, (62-71). https://doi.org/10.1145/3132525.3132539
Music Therapy has been shown to be an effective intervention for clients with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition that can affect people i...

CymaSense: a real-time 3D cymatics-based sound visualisation tool.

Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J., Leplâtre, G., & McGregor, I. (2017)
CymaSense: a real-time 3D cymatics-based sound visualisation tool. In DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems. , (270-274). https://doi.org/10.1145/3064857.3079159
What does music look like? Representation of music has taken many forms over time, from musical notation [16], through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the am...

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