Robot expressive behaviour and autistic traits

Peter E. McKenna, Ayan Ghosh, Ruth Aylett, Frank Broz, Ingo Keller, Gnanathusharan Rajendran

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Abstract

The present experiment used a task-based approach to examine participants social signal recognition of an EMYS robot head and whether autistic traits, measured by the Autism-spectrum quotient (AQ), mediated this recognition. In line with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research, we predicted that participants with high AQ scores would produce more social signal recognition errors. In the task participants (N = 57) offered RFLD-tagged objects to a fullbodied FLASH robot (called Alyx) and Alyx autonomously reacted with a either an approval or disapproval expression. Data analysis found no relationship between autistic traits and recognition accuracy. The findings are discussed in terms of experimental design and autistic traits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2018
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Pages2239-2241
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356497
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2018
Event17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 10 Jul 201815 Jul 2018
http://celweb.vuse.vanderbilt.edu/aamas18/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1548-8403
ISSN (Electronic)1558-2914

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems 2018
Abbreviated titleAAMAS 2018
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period10/07/1815/07/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Social robotics
  • Social signal processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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