'''Article:''' Robots as Assistive Technology - Does Appearance Matter? by Ben Robins, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Ren´e te Boekhorst, and Aude Billard

'''Introduction to paper:'''

An adult and an autistic child would play with a robotic doll, together. For some children the doll would be fully covered (like the Theatrical Robot study) but for others it would be dressed as a normal doll. Children accepted the plain, fully-covered doll quicker than the normally dressed doll - however, over time, both dolls were accepted.

'''Application to personal research:'''

It seems that both appearances are eventually accepted (if the object is obviously classified as a predictable toy) but that the more detailed the object is the more apprehensive the child will be <i>at first</i>. If Pleo, or another robot, isn't quickly accepted by children, that doesn't necessarily mean that it won't ever be. It might be good to break up TiLAR research into phases, like they did.


  • Is familiarization necessary? It seems like it would be a good idea, to encourage children to interact with the robot, without it acting too unpredictable at first.
  • <i>DOES</i> appearance matter if both dolls are eventually accepted anyway? It doesn't sound like it makes a significant different.

'''Additional notes from paper:'''

  • Triad of impairment was defined, again.
  • It was mentioned that autistic children don't demonstrate much eye contact and don't get involved in interactive games much.
  • They performed their research in three phases: familiarization (child becomes aware of robot), learning (child is taught what the robot can do), and free interaction (the child initiates play with the robot).
  • They chose to evaluate success based on the child's: eye gaze to, imitation of, touching, and proximity to, the robot.

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