Investigating Autistic Children's Atitudes Towards Strangers with the Theatrical Robot - A New Experimental Paradigm in Human-Robot Interaction Studies

TitleInvestigating Autistic Children's Atitudes Towards Strangers with the Theatrical Robot - A New Experimental Paradigm in Human-Robot Interaction Studies
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRobins B, Dautenhahn K, Dubowski J
Conference NameProceedings of the 13th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2004)
PublisherIEEE Press
AbstractAs part of a s larger study into the possible use of robots in therapy or education of children with autism, we sytudied the effects of of different robot appearances on autustic children's behaviour towards the robot. We used a novel experiemental pardigm, the theatrical robot, which is discussed in the context of a other evaluation methods used in the field of HRI. The two appearances used were of a plain /robotic and an 'ordinary human' appearance. The intiial response of children with autism towards the plain robot was notable maore social and pro-active. The ordinary human appearance resulted in avoidance behaviour or 'aloofness', a typical behaviour that autistic children show towards strangers. Impliccations of these results for our work on robots and autism, as well as other HRI research are discussed.
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