Does observing artificial robotic systems influence human perceptual processing in the same way as observing humans?
Number of Authors: 4
2012 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Humanoid robots are designed and shaped to have physical bodies resembling humans. The anthropomorphic shape is aiming at facilitating interactions between humans and robots with the ultimate goal of making robots acceptable social partners. This attempt is not very new to roboticists and there is an increasing body of research showing the importance of robots' appearance in HRI; the Uncanny Valley proposed in the 70's  is however still an open problem. Our aim in this contribution is to examine how human perceptual mechanisms involved in action observation are influenced by the external shape of observed robots. Our present results show that observing robotic/cartoon hands performing grasping/pointing movements elicits similar perceptual mechanisms as observing other humans. Hence, it seems that observing actions of artificial systems can induce similar perceptual effects as observing actions of humans
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. 327-337 p.
Lecture notes in computer science, ISSN 0302-9743
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject Engineering Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-62373DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-34103-8_33ISBN: 9783642341021 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-62373DiVA: diva2:1080161
4th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2012, Chengdu, China; 29-31 October 2012