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 +<​u>'''​Article:'''</​u>​ [http://​www.et.byu.edu/​groups/​tilar/​mobile_robots.PDF Exploring the Use of a Mobile Robot as an Imitation Agent with Children with Low-Functioning Autism] by Audrey Duquette, François Michaud, and Henri Mercier
  
 +<​u>'''​Introduction to paper:'''</​u>​
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 +One non-verbal and one pre-verbal child was paired up with a robot, and one non-verbal and one pre-verbal child was paired up with a human mediator. ​ Both human and robot performed the same exercises with the children. ​ Children showed more shared attention with the robot mediator. ​ Pre-verbal children were better in respect to shared conventions (i.e. imitating the mediator'​s expressions).  ​
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 +<​u>'''​Application to personal research:'''</​u>​
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 +According to this information,​ children with ASD might more readily look at Pleo than a human, but will probably be able to imitate the M.E. Department'​s humanoid robot better than they'​ll be able to imitate Pleo.
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 +<​u>'''​Questions:'''</​u>​
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 +* Do children with ASD realize how their bodies are shaped similar to other humans and humanoid robots even if they don't recognize other humans as more than just objects?
 +* How hard will it be for them to make the connection that a leg on Pleo is similar to their own leg? (I assume these all depend on their level of ASD)
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 +<​u>'''​Additional notes from paper:'''</​u>​
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 +* '''​Robots'''​ are good because they'​re interesting to children, and yet controllable by a therapist
 +* Autistic children prefer '''​animated objects'''​ over inanimate ones (ex. robot vs. toy truck)
 +* 6 parts of '''​familiarization'''​ stage: ​ present but powered-down,​ lit-up but not moving, moving but not near child, moving near child, touching child, fully-animated and vocalizing.
 +* '''​Shared focused attention''':​ two individuals focusing attention on each other
 +* '''​Shared conventions''':​ imitating each other "with the purpose of sharing and communicating"​
 +* Once children learned that the robot was controlled by someone, they wanted to interact more with that person (they realized the source of control)
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 +<< [[Invoking Social Behaviors]]
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