The Ob-Serving Computer

  • F. Lowenthal
  • B. Harmegnies


Lowenthal (1978) defined, some years ago, what is now known as “Non-verbal communication devices” (NVCD). A detailed definition and a long discussion concerning the relevance of the concept NVCD can be found in another paper (Lowenthal, this volume). Since 1978, much research concerning the use of NVCDs by several kinds of subjects, has been led in the NVCD lab at the University of Mons. This research shows the importance of this kind of approach (Lowenthal, 1980, 1984). A new research trend has been recently described (Harmegnies and Lowenthal, 1984) which will enable us to extend previous research and to study aspects of NVCDs which were not studied before. In order to reach our aim, we will use new means and we will place our investigations in a framework differing from the one previously used. On the one hand, we will use computerized NVCDs with children: the computer will give (or “serve”) information; on the other hand we will focus on new research topics which could not be studied without having recourse to informatics: the computer will “observe” children.


Test Problem Research Trend Untrained Subject Relevant Element Perceptive Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Lowenthal
    • 1
  • B. Harmegnies
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire NVCD Departement de phonétique et psychoacoustiqueUniversity of MonsBelgium

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