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Thesis offer in Psychology on inter-individual differences underlying social skills when interacting with others (M/F)

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UPR3251-JEAMAR7-007
Workplace : ORSAY
Date of publication : Monday, February 24, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Jean-Claude MARTIN
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 April 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

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OBJECTIVE
The aim of this thesis is to define and apply an experimental protocol to study the inter-individual differences underlying social skills when interacting with others.

We will thus be able to present elements of a scene of interaction between virtual characters.

The experiment will be conducted with any participants, but the focus will be on inter-individual differences and their relevant measures (e.g., autistic quotient, alexithymia, empathy, anxiety).

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TASKS
The person recruited will have to :
- Write a state of the art report including relevant theories such as: social interaction (self - other, agentivity), nonverbal communication (gestures), perception and anticipation, emotions (anxiety, alexythimia), ...
- Propose an experimental protocol for a dyadic task
- Conduct the experiments
- Analyzing the results
- Ditto for more complex multimodal social interaction cases (public presentation, pair presentation)
- Participate in meetings with TAPAS project partners and in the drafting of deliverables
- Participate in the writing of an article describing the work carried out during the internship.
- Collaborate with researchers in Human-Computer Interaction (design of virtual stimuli, study of training needs)
- Participate in CPU group activities (seminars)

Work Context

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BACKGROUND
Social skills include understanding, managing and expressing verbal and non-verbal behaviours that occur when interacting with one or more people. These skills need to be practiced in people who have impairments in this area (e.g., people with Autism Spectrum Disorder).

The French-Japanese project ANR TAPAS (Training Adapted Personalised Affective Social skills with cultural virtual agents) aims to design and evaluate a system allowing users to train these social skills by interacting with one or more virtual characters who will play different roles in different interaction situations (coach, audience, peer for a presentation or work in pairs).

The course will take place at LIMSI-CNRS in the multidisciplinary group "Cognition Perception Uses" which includes teacher-researchers in psychology and teacher-researchers in Human-Computer Interaction.

Constraints and risks

Work on computer.

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