Robot Morphology and Children's Perception of Social Robots: An Exploratory Study

Alex Barco, Chiara de Jong, Jochen Peter, Rinaldo Kuhne, Caroline L. van Straten

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether robot morphology (i.e., anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, or caricatured) influences children's perceptions of animacy, anthropomorphism, social presence, and perceived similarity. Based on a sample of 35 children aged seven to fourteen, we found that, depending on the robot's morphology, children's perceptions of anthropomorphism, social presence, and perceived similarity varied, with the anthropomorphic robot typically ranking higher than the zoomorphic robot. Our findings suggest that the morphology of social robots should be taken into account when planning, analyzing, and interpreting studies on child-robot interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalAcm Ieee International Conference On Human-robot Interaction
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
Event15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) - Cambridge
Duration: 23 Mar 202026 Mar 2020

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