Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Informatik

Probevortrag Promotion: Ahmed Hassan

Am Freitag, 25. März um 9:30 Uhr s.t. wird Doktorand Ahmed Hassan den Probevortrag zu seiner anstehenden Promotion halten. Herr Hassan wird auf Englisch vortragen. Der Titel seiner Dissertation ist:

"Zirkus Empathico 2.0, A serious game to foster emotional and collaborative skills in children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)"

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by a spectrum of developmental abnormalities that result in a lack of social, communicative, and collaborative abilities.
Individuals with ASD find it difficult to understand and express their emotions. Socio-communicative impairments can be improved through behavioural therapist-designed and delivered social-skills training
programs. However, these therapies are not widely available to most people due to the high cost of intervention and a scarcity of professional therapists. Computer-based therapies to resolve socio-communicative difficulties in children, adolescents, and adults with ASD have demonstrated encouraging
outcomes. The serious game format is one type of intervention. Serious games are educational but often have a larger appeal than overt pedagogical tools. Zirkus Empathico 2.0 is a multi-player serious game set with various levels and stages in a circus environment. It was evaluated over six weeks. Sixty-three children with ASD aged 5?10 years were evaluated at baseline and post-treatment. Primary outcomes included parent-rated empathy and objectively measured emotion-recognition abilities. Emotional awareness, emotion management, well-being, and tract were assessed as secondary outcomes. The evaluation of the game's effectiveness and utility for social-skills training revealed that it created a plausible learning environment by increasing the awareness of skills and neurotypical behaviour and decreasing anticipated anxiety for most trial participants in future situations requiring social skills. Following treatment, significant treatment effects were detected. In both short- and long-term assessments, moderate impacts were observed on emotional awareness, emotion management, and autistic social symptomatology. Parents reported that therapy goals were met and that treatment was transferred well. Zirkus Empathico 2.0 is successful at improving long-term socio-emotional abilities in real-world situations. Future research should focus on the specific processes behind empathy and emotion recognition's transmission and maintenance benefits.