Robot skills and cognitive performance of preschool children

Linda Poletz, Pedro Encarnação, Kim Adams, Al Cook*

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    Several studies have demonstrated the potential of robots as assistive tools for play activities. Through the use of robots, children with motor impairments may be able to manipulate objects and engage in play activities as their typically developing peers, thus having the same opportunities to learn cognitive, social, motor and linguistic skills. Robot use can also provide a proxy measure of disabled children's cognitive abilities by comparing their performance with that of typically developing children. This paper reports a study with eighteen typically developing children aged three, four and five years to assess at which ages the cognitive concepts of causality, negation, binary logic, and sequencing are demonstrated during Lego robot use.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-126
    Number of pages10
    JournalTechnology and Disability
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Assistive robotics
    • Play
    • Cognitive development assessment


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