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A systematic review of familiarisation methods used in human-robot interactions for autistic participants

Wallbridge, Christopher D. ORCID:, McGregor, Carly, Drozdz, Natalia, Von Dem Hagen, Elisabeth ORCID: and Jones, Catherine R. G. ORCID: 2023. A systematic review of familiarisation methods used in human-robot interactions for autistic participants. International Journal of Social Robotics 10.1007/s12369-023-01015-y

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There is a growing need for standardised familiarisation techniques within the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) community. This is particularly the case when considering autistic participants, who may have difficulties with the novelty and sensory stimulation associated with meeting a robot. Familiarisation techniques should be considered critical to research, both from an ethical perspective and to achieve research best practice, and are also important in applied settings. In the absence of standardised familiarisation protocols, we conducted a systematic review in accordance with PRISMA guidelines to better understand the range of familiarisation methods used in studies of HRIs with autistic participants. We searched for papers from four different databases: PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science and Science Direct. We identified 387 articles that involved HRIs with autistic participants. The majority did not mention a familiarisation phase (n = 285). A further 52 mentioned including familiarisation but without any description. 50 studies described their familiarisation. Based on a synthesis of these papers, we identified six familiarisation techniques that are commonly used. Using co-production techniques with the autistic community and other participant groups, future studies should validate and critically evaluate the approaches identified in this review. In order to help facilitate improved reporting and critical evaluation of familiarisation approaches across studies we have setup a familiarisation repository.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CHDS)
Computer Science & Informatics
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Additional Information: This article has a correction. Please see Wallbridge, C.D., McGregor, C., Drozdz, N. et al. Correction to: A Systematic Review of Familiarisation Methods Used in Human–Robot Interactions for Autistic Participants. Int J of Soc Robotics (2023).
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1875-4791
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 May 2023
Date of Acceptance: 3 May 2023
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2023 17:59

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