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 +<​u>'''​Article:'''</​u>​ [http://​homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/​~comqkd/​Robins+bRoman04.pdf Investigating Autistic Children’s Attitudes Towards Strangers with the Theatrical Robot - A New Experimental Paradigm in Human-Robot Interaction Studies] by Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, and Janek Dubowski
  
 +<​u>'''​Introduction to paper:'''</​u>​
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 +A man acted like a robot to whatever autistic child was in the room - one time dressed in a suit ("​typical"​ clothes), and another time fully-covered (including his face) from head to foot in solid-grey clothing. ​ While he acted the same (in a predictable,​ robotic manner) in both cases, children showed avoidance behaviors (like avoiding eye contact, keeping their distance, and/or hiding) when the man was dressed in typical clothes. ​ Some children eventually came near, touched, and looked at the man, however, when he was fully-covered in a solid color.
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 +<​u>'''​Application to personal research:'''</​u>​
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 +A common theme shows that autistic children prefer plain objects rather than highly-detailed ones.  We could consider spray-painting our robots one solid color. ​ A child (named Andy) often looked at the man's face when it was fully-covered in a solid color. ​ Does he realize that that area represented a human'​s face?  How can we utilize this ability to direct eye gaze to develop some positive social behavior in children with ASD?
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 +<​u>'''​Questions:'''</​u>​
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 +* Does SIZE of robot make a difference? ​ Would autistic children prefer a smaller robot over a large one?
 +* Do autistic children avoid human-looking robots because they classify them with real humans, who they (the children) have identified as being unpredictable?​
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 +<​u>'''​Additional notes from paper:'''</​u>​
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 +* Explained '''​Wizard-of-Oz'''​ as a "​widely used" method in HRI where someone is secretly controlling a robot or another kind of system.
 +* Defined '''​triad of impairment'''​ as hindering "​social interaction,​ communication,​ and imagination"​
 +* '''​Theory of Mind Hypothesis'''​ implies that "​people with autism show difficulties in interpreting other people as people"​
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 +<< [[Children Accepting Robots]]
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