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New ’emotional’ robots aim to read human feelings
The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent's ability, and offer advice and encouragement. "It will try to understand your mood and your playing ability and predict a bit about your next shot," said Keith Kersten of Japan-based Omron Automation, which...
One of the really, really frustrating things about being autistic
One of the really, really frustrating things about being autistic is that you feel like you spend your life trying to reach some sort of unattainable middle-ground: - We’re criticised for not making enough conversation, but when we do actually really get in to a conversation we are told we’re ‘too intense’. - We’re often trained to...
Rooms to invoke the senses for the intellectually disabled
People with intellectual disabilities may be overly sensitive or not sensitive enough to stimuli such as sounds and touch, which could cause them to act in ways that can be problematic. For instance, a patient who rushes to get food during mealtimes in a home for the intellectually disabled or a school canteen and gobbles it...
Neuroanatomic abnormalities ID’d in those at risk for autism
Neuroanatomic abnormalities are seen in cohorts at high risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the January issue of Radiology. Julia P. Owen, Ph.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues identified developmental neuroradiologic findings in a large cohort of carriers of a deletion or duplication at 16p11.2,...