Language offers the possibility to transfer information between speaker and listener who both possess the ability to use it. Using 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 InterActor or an InterActor robot, i.e., a small toy robot that reacts to speech expression by nodding only. The results suggest that a robot characterized by predictable reactions facilitate autistic children in expression. When comparing to the performance of neurotypical children, the data would indicate that minimalistic artificial environments have the potential to open the way for neuronal organization and reorganization with the ability to support the embrainment of verbal and emotional information processing among autistic children.
|Title of host publication||ACHI 2016|
|Subtitle of host publication||The ninth international conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions|
|Place of Publication||Spain|
|Publisher||International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA)|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Apr 2016|
|Event||The Ninth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions - Venice, Italy, Venice, Italy|
Duration: 24 Apr 2016 → 28 Apr 2016
Conference number: 9th
|Conference||The Ninth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions|
|Abbreviated title||ACHI 2016|
|Period||24/04/16 → 28/04/16|
Giannopulu, I., Montreynaud, V., & Watanabe, T. (2016). Minimalistic toy robot encourages verbal and emotional expressions in autism. In ACHI 2016: The ninth international conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (pp. 267-273). (ACHI Proceedings). Spain: International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA).