Katelyn Swift-Spong

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We present a study with an autonomous Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) coach that investigates the effect of comparative feedback given by a SAR on the self-efficacy of individuals post-stroke in a seated reaching task. We compare two types of feedback, self-comparative and other-comparative, against a control of no comparative feedback, with 23 participants(More)
This paper describes an extended (6-session) interaction between an ethnically and geographically diverse group of 26 first-grade children and the DragonBot robot in the context of learning about healthy food choices. We find that children demonstrate a high level of enjoyment when interacting with the robot, and a statistically significant increase in(More)
Introduction Socially assistive robotics (SAR) has the potential to combine the massive replication and standardization of computer technology with the benefits of learning in a social and tangible (hands-on) context. We are developing HRI methods for SAR systems designed to supplement the efforts of human teachers to personalize education in the classroom.(More)
We describe a study that compares two types of backstories, fictional and realistic, of an autonomous Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) exercise buddy in a four-session exercise intervention with overweight adolescents aged 11-14. We find a positive participant response to the robot as an exercise buddy and a trend toward increased intrinsic motivation for(More)
We present a pilot study of a socially assistive robot interacting with intergenerational groups. The system is designed to improve the social well-being of older adults by supporting interactions within families. Six intergenerational family groups interacted with the robot in four tablet-based games. Users’ behavior during the sessions was used to compare(More)
Appropriate affect expression on robots is important in using robots to interact with humans. A pilot study was conducted to examine the recognition of emotive eye shape on the Nao as well as whether the addition of eye shape to emotive gestures would improve recognition of emotion. A comparison was made between the recognition and classification of emotive(More)
Approximately 800,000 people in the United States survive a stroke each year, and many will need some form of motor rehabilitation [1]. The rehabilitation process often involves repetitive tasks, making it difficult to consistently perform exercises without outside support. A possible source of support and motivation, between visits to an occupational or(More)
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