The Effect of Age on Engagement in Preschoolers' Child-Robot Interactions

Peta Baxter, Chiara De Jong, Rian Aarts, Mirjam de Haas, Paul Vogt

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In this study, we investigate the effect of age on preschoolers' engagement - as measured by gaze direction - during a first-time interaction with a social robot. The results revealed significant differences in gaze patterns. Specifically, younger children were more easily distracted, and looked at the robot for a shorter duration and briefer periods of gaze. Moreover, they showed a higher level of reliance on the experimenters. The results have implications for the design of young preschoolers child-robot interactions and specifically for the ways in which the first introductory interactions should occur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-82
Number of pages2
JournalAcm Ieee International Conference On Human-robot Interaction
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event12th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 6 Mar 20179 Mar 2017

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