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Publication . Conference object . Part of book or chapter of book . 2021

“iCub Says: Do My Motor Sounds Disturb You?” Motor Sounds and Imitation with a Robot for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Pauline Chevalier; Federica Floris; Tiziana Priolo; Davide De Tommaso; Agnieszka Wykowska;
Open Access  
Published: 01 Nov 2021
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
In Socially Assistive Robotics, robots are used as social partners for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, it is important to keep in mind that this population shows auditory hypo- or hypersensitivity, which results in avoiding or seeking behaviors towards sounds. Robots, from their mechanical embodiment, exhibit motor noises, and we aimed here to investigate their impact in two imitation games with iCub on a computer screen. We observed that participants who reported negative responses to unexpected loud noises were more able to focus on a “Simon says” game when the robot’s motor noises were canceled.
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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: iCub Robot Imitation media_common.quotation_subject media_common Population education.field_of_study education Psychology Assistive robotics Focus (computing) Cognitive psychology Autism spectrum disorder medicine.disease medicine

Funded by
MultIscale precision therapies for NeuroDEvelopmental Disorders
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 754490
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-COFUND-FP
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