"Sorry to Disturb You": Autism and Robot Interruptions

Peter Edward McKenna, Ingo Keller, Jose L. Part, Mei Yii Lim, Ruth Aylett, Frank Broz, Gnanathusharan Rajendran

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Here, we present a novel experiment on the yet unstudied phenomenon of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) adults’ responses to interruption, using a robot role-play clerical task. Using an IQ, gender, and task parameter matched neuroypical (NT) control sample, we found that adults with ASC experience marginally less task disruption from a robot interrupter comparatively to a human. We surmise that robot-assisted therapy for adults with the condition is a potential research avenue worth further exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI '20: Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450370578
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2020
Event15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction 2020 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Mar 202026 Mar 2020


Conference15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction 2020
Abbreviated titleHRI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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