Exploring young children's attributions through entertainment robots

Sandra Y. Okita, Daniel L. Schwartz, Takanori Shibata, Hideyuki Tokuda

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Abstract

Children have "animistic intuitions" that they use to attribute intelligence, biology, and intentions. Robotic animals take on similar form and motion as real animals, and can exhibit intelligent behaviors. Two studies explore whether children apply animistic intuitions to robotic animals, and whether these attributes vary by the child's age and the robots' behaviors and appearance. A total of ninety-three children 3- to 5-years old participated in one of two experiments. Results show that 3-year-olds attribute a range of animistic properties to robots, whereas older children reduce their animistic attributions towards robotic dogs in piecemeal fashion according to specific questions and perceptual attributes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th IEEE Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2005
Pages390-395
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event14th IEEE Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2005 - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: 2005 Aug 132005 Aug 15

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Volume2005

Other

Other14th IEEE Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2005
CountryUnited States
CityNashville, TN
Period05/8/1305/8/15

Keywords

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Education
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Okita, S. Y., Schwartz, D. L., Shibata, T., & Tokuda, H. (2005). Exploring young children's attributions through entertainment robots. In 14th IEEE Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2005 (pp. 390-395). [1513810] (Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication; Vol. 2005). https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2005.1513810