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The influence of robot anthropomorphism on the feelings of embarrassment when interacting with robots

Christoph Bartneck
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Industrial Design Den Dolech 2, 5600MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Published Online: 2010-09-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13230-010-0011-3

Abstract

Medical robots are expected to help with providing care in an aging society. The degree to which patients experience embarrassment in a medical examination might be influenced by the robots’ level of anthropomorphism. The results of our preliminary study show that young, healthy, Dutch university students were less embarrassed when interacting with a technical box than with a robot. Highly human-like robots might therefore not be the best choice for a medical robot. This result also shows that the robot was perceived as a person more so than the technical box. The next step is to compare the robot to a real nurse or doctor. If patients are less embarrassed when interacting with a robot, then, potentially, patients will be less likely to defer important medical examinations when carried out by medical robots.

Keywords: medical robots; embarrassment; anthropomorphism; emotions

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About the article

Received: 2010-05-21

Accepted: 2010-07-01

Published Online: 2010-09-09

Published in Print: 2010-06-01


Citation Information: Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 109–115, ISSN (Online) 2081-4836, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13230-010-0011-3.

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