Role-play-based guidance for job interviews using an android robot for individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Hirokazu Kumazaki, Taro Muramatsu, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, Yoshio Matsumoto, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Masaru Mimura, Mitsuru Kikuchi

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Interventions for job interviews targeting the impaired theory of mind observed in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are limited. We developed a role-play-based guidance system for job interviews using an android robot resembling a real person. Individuals with ASD worked in pairs and played dual roles in mock job interviews. Specifically, one participant acted as the interviewee, while the other participant operated the android robot and acted as the interviewer. Eight individuals with high-functioning ASD participated in this study. After the training sessions, participants learned to understand the point of view of the interviewer, which may contribute to increased recognition of the importance of gestures and the motivation to learn how to behave in a job interview. In addition, participants reported improved self-confidence. These results provide preliminary support for the efficacy of playing dual roles using android robots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number239
JournalFrontiers in Psychiatry
Issue numberAPR
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1



  • Android robot
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Job interview
  • Role-play
  • Self-confidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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