How Social Robots Will Help Us to Diagnose, Treat, and Understand Autism

  • Brian Scassellati
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 28)


Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that is characterized by social and communicative impairments. Social robots recognize and respond to human social cues with appropriate behaviors. Social robots, and the technology used in their construction, can be unique tools in the study of autism. Based on three years of integration and immersion with a clinical research group, this paper discusses how social robots will make an impact on the ways in which we diagnose, treat, and understand autism.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Response Asperger Syndrome Humanoid Robot Pervasive Developmental Disorder 
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  • Brian Scassellati
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew Haven

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