Past event

Prof Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt): 'Socially assistive robots, developmental conditions and trust' School of Psychology and Neuroscience Seminar

Professor Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt) will be hosted by Cat Hobaiter for this hybrid talk in the Old Library.

Theory of mind: How socially assistive robots help us to understand developmental conditions and trust.

Here, I will present research and theory developments in theory of mind using the lenses of autism and human-robot interaction (HRI). For example, how children with autism respond to virtual characters using joint attention and how a robot that ‘shows' a theory of mind can prime trust in a maze escape task. Further, I will show how HRI acts as mirror to better explain psychological constructs, e.g. thinking of interactional models as opposed to deficit models in understanding developmental conditions.