Can I get your (robot) attention? Human sensitivity to subtle hints of human-likeness in a humanoid robot’s behavior

Davide Ghiglino, Davide De Tommaso, Cesco Willemse, Serena Marchesi, Agnieszka Wykowska

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Abstract

Designing artificial agents that can closely imitate human
behavior, might influence humans in perceiving them as
intentional agents. Nonetheless, the factors that are crucial for
an artificial agent to be perceived as an animated and
anthropomorphic being still need to be addressed. In the current
study, we investigated some of the factors that might affect the
perception of a robot's behavior as human-like or intentional.
To meet this aim, seventy-nine participants were exposed to
two different behaviors of a humanoid robot under two
different instructions. Before the experiment, participants'
biases towards robotics as well as their personality traits were
assessed. Our results suggest that participants’ sensitivity to
human-likeness relies more on their expectations rather than on
perceptual cues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCogsci 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • human-robot interaction
  • humanoid robot
  • Social cognition
  • intentional stance
  • mental states
  • instruction manipulation

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