PEKOPPA: A minimalistic toy robot to analyse a listener-speaker situation in neurotypical and autistic children aged 6 years

Irini Giannopulu*, Valérie Montreynaud, Tomio Watanabe

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Abstract

Using a "speaker-listener" situation, we have compared the verbal and the emotional expressions of neurotypical and autistic children aged 6 years. The speaker was always a child (neurotypical or autistic); the listener was a human or an InterActor robot named Pekoppa, i.e., a small toy robot which reacts to speech expression by nodding only. The results suggest that an InterActor robot characterized by small variance nonverbal behavior better facilitate verbal and nonverbal emotional expressions of autistic children than a human. This might be related to autistic children preferences: autistic children are rather interested in minimalist objects to which they can assign mental states of their own or of others. Everything happens as if the InterActor robot could allow autistic children to elaborate a multivariate equation encoding and conceptualizing within his/her brain, and externalizing into unconscious emotion (heart rate) and conscious verbal speech (words).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHAI 2014 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages9-16
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human-Agent Interaction - Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 29 Oct 201431 Oct 2014
Conference number: 2nd
http://hai-conference.net/hai2014/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Agent Interaction
Abbreviated titleHAI 2014
CountryJapan
CityTsukuba
Period29/10/1431/10/14
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