@misc{cogprints4976, volume = {123}, author = {Brian Scassellati}, note = {Thisshort paper is an extended abstract of an invited talk given at the conference.}, editor = {Luc Berthouze and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Kaplan and Hideki Kozima and Hiroyuki Yano and J{\"u}rgen Konczak and Giorgio Metta and Jacqueline Nadel and Giulio Sandini and Georgi Stojanov and Christian Balkenius}, title = {Using social robots to study abnormal social development}, publisher = {Lund University Cognitive Studies}, pages = {11--14}, year = {2005}, keywords = {social robots, ESRA robot, social development, autism therapy}, url = {http://cogprints.org/4976/}, abstract = {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 abnormal social development. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that is characterized by social and communicative impairments. Based on three years of integration and immersion with a clinical research group which performs more than 130 diagnostic evaluations of children for autism per year, this paper discusses how social robots will make an impact on the ways in which we diagnose, treat, and understand autism.} }