Is Someone Watching Me? Consideration of Social Facilitation Effects in Human-Robot Interaction Experiments

TitleIs Someone Watching Me? Consideration of Social Facilitation Effects in Human-Robot Interaction Experiments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsWoods SN, Dautenhahn K, Kaouri C
Conference NameProceedings of 2005 IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation (CIRA 2005)
Date PublishedJune
AbstractThis discussion paper considers the implications of the psychological phenomena of social facilitation effects for human-robot interaction (HRI) studies. Research studies in HRI have significantly increased over the past few years. Such studies investigate e.g. robot appearance and behaviour, and the responses of subjects to robots. However, the possible effects of the experimental context on results from human-robot interaction studies have attracted little attention. In this paper we provide an overview of robot trials with children and adults, as part of the Cogniron project. Observations from video footage are reported, with particular consideration for the influence of the social context and social facilitation effects, including task complexity, evaluation context and type of presence on outcomes of human-robot interaction studies. Lessons learnt and future design implications for human-robot interaction studies are provided. Index Terms – human-robot interaction, social facilitation effects, design implications, adult and child trials, video footage.
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