Hélène Sauzéon

Hélène Sauzéon
University of Bordeaux · Department of Public Health Sciences

Professor in Psychology

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Introduction
My current activities focus on the study of the role of intrinsic motivation on everyday cognition using digital devices (IoT, ITS, VR or mobile applications). This includes investigations with children, older persons and neurological patients (traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease, Down’s syndrome, autism), with a focus on: 1) learning and memory processes and 2) developing digital assistants for living places (home, school, work..)
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January 2014 - present
University of Bordeaux
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  • Member
September 2011 - September 2018
Inria, France, Talence
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  • Inria Center (France)
January 2002 - present
University of Bordeaux Segalen, Bordeaux
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  • Bordeaux University

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Publications (146)
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Large Language Models (LLMs) have in recent years demonstrated impressive prowess in natural language generation. A common practice to improve generation diversity is to sample multiple outputs from the model. However, there lacks a simple and robust way of selecting the best output from these stochastic samples. As a case study framed in the conte...
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Curiosity is an important factor that enables independent learning in children. Research suggests that it is also a competence that can be fostered by training specific metacognitive skills and information-searching behaviors. In this light, we develop a conversational agent that helps children generate curiosity-driven questions, and encourages th...
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Cognitive test batteries are widely used in diverse research fields, such as cognitive training, cognitive disorder assessment, or brain mechanism understanding. Although they need flexibility according to their usage objectives, most test batteries are not available as open-source software and are not be tuned by researchers in detail. The present...
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Few technology-based interventions have addressed mathematical and numeracy skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, children and adolescents with ASD may experience difficulties in mathematical learning, and even be behind their peers at school. Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) is an innovative way for enhancing teachin...
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People with Down syndrome (DS) encounter difficulties in their daily lives. In recent years, smart homes have provided some answers to the problem of residential autonomy. In fact, smart homes can provide support for complex routines and activities, while adjusting to the person's behaviors and needs and offering maximum control of the environment....
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BACKGROUND The SoBeezy program is an innovative intervention aiming at promoting and fostering healthy ageing and ageing in place by proposing to older adults concrete solutions to face the daily life, tackle loneliness, promote social participation and reduce digital divide thanks to a specific easy-to-use voice assistant (the BeeVA smartdisplay)....
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Curiosity is an important factor that favors independent and individualized learning in children. Research suggests that it is also a competence that can be fostered by training specific metacognitive skills and information-searching behaviors. In this light, we develop a conversational agent that helps children generate curiosity-driven questions,...
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Humans show language-biased image recognition for a word-embedded image, known as picture-word interference. Such interference depends on hierarchical semantic categories and reflects that human language processing highly interacts with visual processing. Similar to humans, recent artificial models jointly trained on texts and images, e.g., OpenAI...
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In recent years, many psycho-educational technologies were studied to address the school-related difficulties encountered by students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, most of them remain individual-centered and do not consider the social environment. To fill this gap, this study reports on the user-centered design of a web-based suppor...
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UNSTRUCTURED Background: Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technology is expected as a promising way for prolonging the aging in place. Very few evidence-based results are provided support to its real value, notably for frail older adults who have high risk of autonomy loss and of entering in nursing home. Objective: HomeAssist (HA) is a human-centered...
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There is an exponential increase in the range of digital products and devices promoting aging in place, in particular, devices aiming at preventing or detecting falls. However, their deployment is still limited and only few studies have been carried out in population-based settings owing to the technological challenges that remain to be overcome an...
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UNSTRUCTURED There is an exponential increase in the range of digital products and devices promoting aging in place, in particular, devices aiming at preventing or detecting falls. However, their deployment is still limited and only few studies have been carried out in population-based settings owing to the technological challenges that remain to b...
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Background Everyday functioning becomes a challenge with aging, particularly among frail oldest-old adults. Several factors have been identified as influencing everyday activities realization, including physical and cognitive functioning. However, the influence of cognitive resources as a compensatory factor in the context of physical frailty deser...
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The goal of this research is to study the acceptability of notifications delivered to older adults by technology-based assisted living services. Because computing systems are now ubiquitous, interruption management has become an important issue. It has been previously shown that the acceptability of interrupting notifications delivered by technolog...
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Question asking is an important tool for constructing academic knowledge, and a self-reinforcing driver of curiosity. However, research has found that question asking is infrequent in the classroom and children's questions are often superficial, lacking deep reasoning. In this work, we developed a pedagogical agent that encourages children to ask d...
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Despite the promotion of equal access to education, the proportion of persons with disabilities decreases drastically from primary school to higher education, resulting in a lower level of education. This lack of qualification represents an additional obstacle to employment opportunities, reinforcing their exclusion from the social sphere. In recen...
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L. Dupuy, H. Sauzeon. Effects of an assisted living platform amongst frail older adults and their caregivers: 6 months vs. 9 months follow-up across a pilot field study. Gerontechnology 2020;19(1):16-27; https://doi.org/10.4017/gt.2020.19.1.003.00 Background Ambient Assistive Living (AAL) technologies provide promising solutions to support aging-in...
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The school inclusion of students with autism is still a challenge. To address the cognitive underpinnings of school-related adaptive behaviors, 27 students with autism and 18 students with intellectual and/or severe learning disability, aged from 11 to 17, were recruited. They underwent socio-emotional processing and executive functioning assessmen...
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Objective: Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID), such as those with Down syndrome (DS), sometimes get lost, even when walking familiar routes. Among the spatial cognition models addressing the dynamic construction of spatial representations, the theoretical framework of Siegel and White (1975) remains a reference. The aim of this work i...
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We investigated age differences in memory for spatial routes that were either actively or passively encoded. A series of virtual environments were created and presented to 20 younger (Mean age = 19.71) and 20 older (Mean age = 74.55) adults, through a cardboard viewer. During encoding, participants explored routes presented within city, park, and m...
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A growing number of studies have investigated technology-based interventions (computer, phone, tablet, robot, etc.) for supporting children and teenagers with ASD, notably in school settings. Past reviews stressed study-design weaknesses of TBI researches. This systematic review has threefold purpose: 1) to update the previous ones with a focus on...
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For decades now, as the issue of social progress has come to the fore, the drive to improve access to education has been behind the growth in research into e-learning. The current systematic literature review raised the question of the existence of studies addressing the specific needs of persons with cognitive impairments. Indeed, e-learning is ex...
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The inclusion of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in mainstream environments, especially mainstream classrooms, is critically impeded by their difficulties in self-regulating their emotions. Albeit new technologies have shown tremendous emulation in the field of ASD, solutions to assist individuals with ASD in emotion regulation app...
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Coupled with Health Education programs, an e-learning platform—KidBreath—was participatory designed and assessed in situ (Study 1) and was augmented and tested with an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) based on Multi-Armed Bandit Methods (Study 2). For each study, the impact of KidBreath practice was assessed in children with asthma in terms of ped...
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Coupled with Health Education programs, an e-learning platform—KidBreath—was participatory designed and assessed in situ (Study 1) and was augmented and tested with an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) based on Multi-Armed Bandit Methods (Study 2). For each study, the impact of KidBreath practice was assessed in children with asthma in terms of ped...
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Assisted living applications can support aging in place efficiently when their context-awareness is based on a real-lifeproof approach to activity detection. Recently, Caroux et al. proposed a new approach to monitoring activities dedicated to older adults, named "activity verification". This approach uses a knowledge-driven framework that draws fr...
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The inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in mainstream classrooms is dramatically impeded by their difficulties in socio-adaptive behaviors. This paper presents a package of mobile applications consisting of both assistive and cognitive rehabilitation applications to support first school inclusion of children with ASD. These a...
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MOOCs are playing an increasingly important role in education systems. Unfortunately, MOOCs are not fully accessible. In this paper, we propose design principles to enhance the accessibility of MOOC players, especially for persons with cognitive disabilities. These principles result from a participatory design process gathering 7 persons with disab...
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This paper presents HomeAssist: an assisted living platform aims to support aging in place. This platform was designed using a human-centered approach. It offers assistive services, addressing the main aspects of daily life: activities of daily living, home and user safety, and social participation. HomeAssist introduces key novel features: (1) it...
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Objective: To evaluate whether visual cues are helpful for virtual spatial navigation and memory in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Method: 20 patients with AD, 18 patients with MCI and 20 age-matched healthy controls (HC) were included. Participants had to actively reproduce a path that included 5 int...
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Au cours des deux dernières décennies, de nombreuses interventions basées sur les nouvelles technologies ont été implémentées afin de soutenir l’inclusion scolaire des enfants avec trouble du spectre de l’autisme (TSA). Si ces prises en charge peuvent améliorer les comportements et les processus cognitifs ciblés, la généralisation de ces bénéfices...
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during the last two decades, numerous technology-based interventions have been developed to support school inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorders. Whilst these interventions can result in improving targeted behaviors and cognitive processes, their transfer to mainstream school situations remains limited. To overcome such difficulties...
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Objective Topographical disorientation is a frequent issue in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Such impairments are replicated with virtual reality analogs of large-scale spatial navigation tasks. Objective: to evaluate whether visual cues are helpful for virtual spatial navigation and memory in AD and MCI...
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Ambient assisted living technologies (AAL) are regarded as a promising solution to support aging in place. Yet, their efficacy has to be demonstrated in terms of benefits for independent living and for work conditions of caregivers. Hence, the purpose of this study was to assess the benefits of a multi-task AAL platform for both Frail older Individ...
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Providing technological support to assist older adults in their daily activities is a promising approach to aging in place. However, acceptance is critical when technologies are embedded in the user's life. Recently, Lee et al. established a connection between acceptance and motivation. They approached motivation via the Self-Determination Theory (...
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Including children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in mainstream environments creates a need for new interventions whose efficacy must be assessed in situ. This article presents a tablet-based application for activity schedules that has been designed following a participatory design approach involving mainstream teachers, special education tea...
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Introduction: Spatial navigation, which involves higher cognitive functions, is frequently implemented in daily activities, and is critical to the participation of human beings in mainstream environments. Virtual reality is an expanding tool, which enables on one hand the assessment of the cognitive functions involved in spatial navigation, and on...
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Access to residential settings for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) contributes to their social participation, but presents particular challenges. Assistive technologies can help people perform activities of daily living. However, the majority of the computerized solutions offered use guidance modes with a fixed, unchanging sequencing tha...
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The present study investigated the effect of aging on direct navigation measures and self-reported ones according to the real-virtual test manipulation. Navigation (wayfinding tasks) and spatial memory (paper-pencil tasks) performances, obtained either in real-world or in virtual-laboratory test conditions, were compared between young (n=32) and ol...
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Inclure les enfants avec Troubles du Spectre Autistique (TSA) dans des environnements de vie quotidienne créé un besoin pour de nouvelles interventions dont l'efficacité doit être évaluée in situ. Cet article présente une application d'aide à la conduite d'activités conçue en suivant une approche dite de “design participatif”, incluant des enseigna...
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Aging creates needs for assistive technology to support all activities of daily living (meal preparation, dressing, social participation, stove monitoring, etc.). These needs are mostly addressed by a silo-based approach that requires a new assistive service (e.g., a reminder system, a pill prompter) to be acquired for every activity to be supporte...
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There is a growing interest for Assistive Technologies (AT) for aging in place. However, acceptance and adoption of AT in older adults remain problematic. This study investigates the perceived AT needs for three domains (everyday activities, safety and social participation) among 50 community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers. Our results...
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Les activités de la vie quotidienne sont des aptitudes qui reflètent le statut fonctionnel d’un individu. Vérifier que ces activités sont effectivement réalisées par une personne très âgée est un facteur décisif pour déterminer le type et le niveau d’assistance dont la personne a besoin, mais aussi pour déterminer si la personne peut être maintenue...
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We investigated the navigation-related age effects on learning, proactive interference semantic clustering, recognition hits, and false recognitions in a naturalistic situation using a virtual apartment-based task. We also examined the neuropsychological correlates (executive functioning [EF] and episodic memory) of navigation-related age effects o...