Different gaze behavior in human-robot interaction in Asperger's syndrome: An eye-tracking study

Oliver Damm, Karoline Malchus, Petra Jaecks, Soeren Krach, Frieder Paulus, Marnix Naber, Andreas Jansen, Inge Kamp-Becker, Wolfgang Einhaeuser-Treyer, Prisca Stenneken, Britta Wrede


Social robots are often applied in recreational contexts to improve the experience of using technical systems, but they are also increasingly used for therapeutic purposes. In this study, we compared how patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) interact with a social robot and a human actor. We examined the gaze behavior of nine ASD patients and 15 matched controls using a mobile eye-tracker. Participants performed a task in which they were required to follow the gaze of a robot or human actor. Our results show that ASD patients preferentially maintain eye contact during interaction with the social robot as compared to the human actor. ? 2013 IEEE.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Number of pages2
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)9781479905072
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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