Conscious/unconscious emotional dialogues in typical children in the presence of an InterActor Robot

Irini Giannopulu, Tomio Watanabe

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Abstract

In the present interdisciplinary study, we have combined cognitive neuroscience knowledge, psychiatry and engineering knowledge with the aim to analyze emotion, language and un/consciousness in children aged 6 (n=20) and 9 (n=20) years via a listener-speaker communication. The speaker was always a child; the listener was a Human InterActor or a Robot InterActor, i.e.,. a small robot which reacts to speech expression by nodding only. Unconscious nonverbal emotional expression associated with physiological data (heart rate) as well as conscious process related to behavioral data (number of nouns and verbs in addition reported feelings) were considered. The results showed that 1) the heart rate was higher for children aged 6 years old than for children aged 9 years old when the InterActor was the robot; 2) the number of words (nouns and verbs) expressed by both age groups was higher when the InterActor was a human. It was lower for the children aged 6 years than for the children aged 9 years. Even if a difference of consciousness exists amongst the two groups, everything happens as if the InterActor Robot would allow children to elaborate a multivariate equation encoding and conceptualizing within their brain, and externalizing into unconscious nonverbal emotional behavior i.e., automatic activity. The Human InterActor would allow children to externalize the elaborated equation into conscious verbal behavior (words), i.e., controlled activity. Unconscious and conscious processes would not only depend on natural environments but also on artificial environments such as robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRO-MAN 2015 - 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Symposium Digest
Place of PublicationUntied States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages264-270
Number of pages7
Volume2015-November
ISBN (Electronic)9781467367042
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015 - Japan, Kobe, Japan
Duration: 31 Aug 20154 Sep 2015

Conference

Conference24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015
CountryJapan
CityKobe
Period31/08/154/09/15

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    Giannopulu, I., & Watanabe, T. (2015). Conscious/unconscious emotional dialogues in typical children in the presence of an InterActor Robot. In RO-MAN 2015 - 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Symposium Digest (Vol. 2015-November, pp. 264-270). [7333575] IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333575