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Social Dimensions of Robotic versus Virtual Embodiment, Presence and Influence
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Robots and virtual agents grow rapidly in behavioural sophistication and complexity. They become better learners and teachers, cooperators and communicators, workers and companions. These artefacts – whose behaviours are not always readily understood by human intuition nor comprehensibly explained in terms of mechanism – will have to interact socially. Moving beyond artificial rational systems to artificial social systems means having to engage with fundamental questions about agenthood, sociality, intelligence, and the relationship between mind and body. It also means having to revise our theories about these things in the course of continuously assessing the social sufficiency of existing artificial social agents.

The present thesis presents an empirical study investigating the social influence of physical versus virtual embodiment on people's decisions in the context of a bargaining task. The results indicate that agent embodiment did not affect the social influence of the agent or the extent to which it was perceived as a social actor. However, participants' perception of the agent as a social actor did influence their decisions. This suggests that experimental results from studies comparing different robot embodiments should not be over-generalised beyond the particular task domain in which the studied interactions took place.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
human-robot interaction, social interaction, robot interaction, hri, social robots, robot, artificial agent, virtual agent, embodiment, agent embodiment, social presence, social influence, physical, virtual, interface, ultimatum game, robot influence, decision making, interaction
Keyword [sv]
människa–robot-interaktion, interaktion, social interaktion, robotinteraktion, sociala robotar, agent, robot, virtuell agent, fysisk, virtuell, kropp
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130645ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-A--16/005--SEOAI: diva2:954044
Subject / course
Cognitive science
2016-06-09, Grace Hopper, Hus B, Institutionen för datavetenskap, Linköpings universitet, 581 83 Linköping, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-08-22 Created: 2016-08-19 Last updated: 2016-08-22Bibliographically approved

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