Living with Robots: Investigating the Habituation Effect in Participants’ Preferences During a Longitudinal Human-Robot Interaction Study

TitleLiving with Robots: Investigating the Habituation Effect in Participants’ Preferences During a Longitudinal Human-Robot Interaction Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsKoay KL, Syrdal DS, Walters ML, Dautenhahn K
Conference NameProceedings of the 16th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2007)
AbstractThis paper presents and discusses a longitudinal study which investigated habituation effects between humans and robots over a period of five weeks. Participants’ preferences for the robot’s approach distance with respect to its approach direction and appearance were investigated in a variety of domestic scenarios. These human-robot interaction (HRI) scenarios were also designed to explore the notions of autonomy and control. The results of this study show that participants’ preferences change over time as the participants habituate to the robot. This trend was significant in terms of the robot’s appearance and approach direction. Also, it seems to indicate that participants who are accustomed to the robot prefer to be more ‘in control’ of the situation - in that they appreciated reduced robot autonomy in case of unexpected events.
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