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Study focuses on whether robots relate better to some autistic kids than humans

Ela, a 2-foot-tall robot, seems to have a power over children, including those with autism, that humans lack.

When Ela dances, does karate chops or makes simple facial expressions, children pay attention. Many can be coaxed into repeating the movements.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are among a growing number of scientists trying to figure out whether this attraction can help children with autism improve motor skills and their ability to communicate.

via Study focuses on whether robots relate better to some autistic kids than humans – Connecticut Post.

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