Validation of a Novel Theory of Mind Measurement Tool: The Social Robot Video Task

Ziggy O'Reilly, David Silvera Tawil, Diana W. Tan, Ionat Zurr

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Abstract

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 publicationProceedings of 2021 ACM Human Robot Interaction Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages89-93
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
EventACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - , Virtual
Duration: 8 Mar 202111 Mar 2021

Publication series

Name HRI '21 Companion: Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - Late Breaking Report HRI 2021

Conference

ConferenceACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Abbreviated titleHRI 2021
Country/TerritoryVirtual
Period8/03/2111/03/21

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