Developmental Coordination Disorder Stigma Capture

Stigma Capture DCD-Related Stereotyping Captured by Augmented Reality, Motion Capture and Social Psycholog


Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia), is a common, lifelong, yet understudied movement coordination disorder, affecting everyday activities, and often complicated by stigma and isolation from peers. We will investigate the stigma that people with this disorder expertience.


Our interdisciplinary research group brings together biomechanics, social psychology, and augmented reality experience capture technology to push the analysis of DCD stigma beyond self-report and to illuminate its social cognition.

We will investigate stigmatisation of people with DCD using motion capture, 3D character visualisation, and experimental psychology.

The role of IET

IET motion captures people with and without the condition to then re-visualise using 3D character models. With the help of these character models and through switching their appearance (e.g. complexion), we can help psychologists study DCD-based stereotyping in intersection with other forms of stereotyping.

The work proposed draws on existing competence scattered across faculties, bringing together Augmented Reality (Prof Fridolin Wild), psychology (Prof Peter Hegarty, Dr Judith Gentle), and medicine (Dr Aliah Shaheen, Brunel University).


The motion capture facilities and experience built within this project unlock other types of capture, also related to teaching. The studies conducted as part of the project yields scientific insight into stereotyping, drawing on these cutting-edge technologies. We expect this can empower through public information, sensitivity trainings, or related avenues.

Research programmes


  • The Open University