Socially Contingent Humanoid Robot Head Behaviour Results in Increased Charity Donations

Wills, Paul and Baxter, Paul and Kennedy, James and Senft, Emmanuel and Belpaeme, Tony (2016) Socially Contingent Humanoid Robot Head Behaviour Results in Increased Charity Donations. In: HRI 2016.

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Abstract

The role of robot social behaviour in changing
people’s behaviour is an interesting and yet still open question, with the general assumption that social behaviour is beneficial. In this study, we examine the effect of socially contingent robot behaviours on a charity collection task. Manipulating only behavioural cues (maintaining the same verbal content), we show that when the robot exhibits contingent behaviours consistent with those observable in humans, this results in a 32% increase in money collected over a non-reactive robot. These results suggest that apparent social agency on the part of the robot, even when subtle behavioural cues are used, can result in behavioural change on the part of the interacting human.

Keywords:social robotics, human-robot interaction, charity, social interaction
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:30200
Deposited On:20 Oct 2018 22:27

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