Gaze contingent joint attention with an avatar in children with and without ASD

G. E. Little, L. Bonnar, S. W. Kelly, K. S. Lohan, G. Rajendran

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Abstract

Problems with joint attention (JA) are core features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Here, we investigate how typically developing (TD) children and children with ASD respond to joint attention (RJA) and initiate joint attention (IJA) with a gaze contingent avatar. Thirty-one participants with ASD and 33 TD matched controls followed and directed the avatar's gaze to a series of referent images. Viewing times and recognition memory for the referent images were measured and compared between RJA and IJA conditions. Analysis of correctly identified target images suggests comparable target recognition between IJA and RJA conditions for both groups, but poorer overall recognition memory in the ASD group. Eye tracking data suggests different viewing strategies between the ASD and TD groups. These findings demonstrate the importance of considering processing time and saliency of referent objects when creating interactive social technology for children with ASD and further highlights the potential of interactive, gaze contingent social characters for enhancing our knowledge of joint attention.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages15-20
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509050697
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2017
Event2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics - Cergy-Pontoise, France
Duration: 19 Sep 201622 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Development and Learning Proceedings
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Electronic)2161-9484

Conference

Conference2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics
Abbreviated titleICDL-EpiRob 2016
CountryFrance
CityCergy-Pontoise
Period19/09/1622/09/16

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Keywords

  • ASD
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • gaze
  • gaze contingency
  • joint attention
  • avatars
  • face
  • robots
  • image recognition
  • pediatrics

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Little, G. E., Bonnar, L., Kelly, S. W., Lohan, K. S., & Rajendran, G. (2017). Gaze contingent joint attention with an avatar in children with and without ASD. In 2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2016 (pp. 15-20). (International Conference on Development and Learning Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/DEVLRN.2016.7846780
Little, G. E. ; Bonnar, L. ; Kelly, S. W. ; Lohan, K. S. ; Rajendran, G. / Gaze contingent joint attention with an avatar in children with and without ASD. 2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2016. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. pp. 15-20 (International Conference on Development and Learning Proceedings).
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Little, GE, Bonnar, L, Kelly, SW, Lohan, KS & Rajendran, G 2017, Gaze contingent joint attention with an avatar in children with and without ASD. in 2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2016. International Conference on Development and Learning Proceedings, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 15-20, 2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, Cergy-Pontoise, France, 19/09/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/DEVLRN.2016.7846780

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2016 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2016. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. p. 15-20 (International Conference on Development and Learning Proceedings).

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