Give children toy robots to educate and/or neuroeducate: The example of PEKOPPA in neurotypical and atypical children aged 6 years

Irini Giannopulu, Tomio Watanabe

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Abstract

Using an InterActor toy robot named PEKOPPA in a “speaker-listener” situation, we have compared the verbal and the emotional expressions of neurotypical and autistic children aged 6 to 7 years. The speaker was always a child (neurotypical or autistic); the listener was a human or the toy robot which reacts to speech expression by nodding only.The results appear to indicate that minimalistic artificial environments could be considered as the root of neuronal organization and reorganization with the potential to improve brain activity. They support the embrainment of cognitive verbal and nonverbal emotional information processing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational workshop and Summer School on Medical and Service Robotics : MES-ROB - EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 10 Jul 201412 Jul 2014

Conference

ConferenceInternational workshop and Summer School on Medical and Service Robotics
CountrySwitzerland
CityLausanne
Period10/07/1412/07/14

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