Validation of a novel Theory of Mind measurement tool: the Social Robot Video task

Ziggy O'Reilly, David Silvera-Tawil, Diana Weiting Tan, Ionat Zurr

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Abstract

Social communication difficulties in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been associated with poor Theory of Mind (ToM), an ability to attribute mental states to others. Interventions using humanoid robots could improve ToM that may generalize to human-human interactions. Traditionally, ToM has been measured using the Firth-Happe Animations (FHA) task which depicts interactions between two animated triangles. Recently, we developed a Social Robot Video (SRV) task which depicts interactions between two NAO robots. In this study, we administered both tasks to 8 children with ASD and 9 typically-developing children to examine the validity, reliability, and sensitivity of the SRV task. Results suggest that SRV has face validity, partial inter-rater reliability and could differentiate between the two groups. In sum, the SRV task could be used to assess effectiveness of ToM interventions using humanoid robots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI'21
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages89-93
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382908
ISBN (Print)9781450382892
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (16th : 2021) - Boulder, United States
Duration: 8 Mar 202111 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

ConferenceAnnual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (16th : 2021)
Abbreviated titleHRI 2021
CountryUnited States
CityBoulder
Period8/03/2111/03/21

Keywords

  • robot-assisted therapy
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • Theory of Mind
  • humanoid robot
  • social robot
  • socially-assistive robot

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