Animacy perception of agents: Their effects on users behavior and variability between age groups

Riko Hasegawa, Etsuko T. Harada, Wataru Kayano, Hirotaka Osawa

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Abstract

Autonomous agents and/or robot embodiments are frequently introduced to a complex system in expectation of eliciting user behavior similar to human-human interaction with the target system. The current study examines the process and factors involved in this type of interaction. As a first step, we conducted a psychological experiment to examine animacy perception of the agent and its effects on user interaction with the system, here a microwave oven, comparing among three conditions: an embodied condition (with anthropomorphic robot features called agent triggers), a voice agent condition, and a control condition (no-agent condition). Additionally, we investigated differences between responses by age groups. Results showed two types of animacy, lifelikeness and intelligence; older and younger adults responded quite differently to the two agents conditions, which indicated that older adults placed more values on embodied agents. Hypothetical models of animacy perception in younger and older adults and their behaviors in interaction with the system implied the importance of perceived individuality of an agent and background knowledge an agent's function and abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRO-MAN 2015 - 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Symposium Digest
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages106-111
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467367042
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 20
Externally publishedYes
Event24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 2015 Aug 312015 Sep 4

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Volume2015-November

Other

Other24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2015
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKobe
Period15/8/3115/9/4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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