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ERIC Number: ED565256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Influences of a Socially Interactive Robot on the Affective Behavior of Young Children with Disabilities. Social Robots Research Reports, Number 3
Dunst, Carl J.; Prior, Jeremy; Hamby, Deborah W.; Trivette, Carol M.
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
Findings from two studies of 11 young children with autism, Down syndrome, or attention deficit disorders investigating the effects of Popchilla, a socially interactive robot, on the children's affective behavior are reported. The children were observed under two conditions, child-toy interactions and child-robot interactions, and ratings of child interests and child emotions made for both types of affective behavior based on 10 to 15 minutes of observation of the children in each condition. Results showed that the social robot had more positive effects on child affective behavior when the speech used to engage the children in child-robot interactions was intelligible, clearly understandable, and had engaging features. The following are appended: (1) Popchilla World Software Speech Used in Study 1; and (2) Professionally Recorded Sounds and Speech Used in Study 2.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
Grant or Contract Numbers: H327A100052