Inter-individual differences in conscious and unconscious processes during robot-child interaction

I. Giannopulu*, Takeshi Watanabe

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Abstract

The aim of the present study is to analyse conscious and unconscious processes using the paradigm of listener-speaker in neurotypical children aged 6 and 9 years old. The speaker was always a child; the listener was a human or a robot, i.e., a small robot which reacts to speech expression by nodding only. Physiological data, i.e., heart rate, as well as behavioral data, i.e., number of words in addition with 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 listener was the robot; (2) the number of nouns and verbs expressed by both age groups was higher when the listener was the human. The results are consistent with the idea that conscious and unconscious development would not only depend on natural environments but also on artificial environments represented by robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew trends in medical and service robots - Design, analysis and control
EditorsM Husty, M Hofbaur
PublisherSpringer
Pages147-158
Number of pages12
Volume48
ISBN (Print)9783319599717
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event5th International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots, MeSRob 2016 - Graz, Austria
Duration: 4 Jul 20166 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
Volume48
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992

Conference

Conference5th International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots, MeSRob 2016
CountryAustria
CityGraz
Period4/07/166/07/16

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    Giannopulu, I., & Watanabe, T. (2018). Inter-individual differences in conscious and unconscious processes during robot-child interaction. In M. Husty, & M. Hofbaur (Eds.), New trends in medical and service robots - Design, analysis and control (Vol. 48, pp. 147-158). (Mechanisms and Machine Science; Vol. 48). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59972-4_11