Love at first sight: Mere exposure to robot appearance leaves impressions similar to interactions with physical robots

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As the technology needed to make robots robust and affordable draws ever nearer, human-robot interaction (HRI) research to make robots more useful and accessible to the general population becomes more crucial. In this study, 59 college students filled out an online survey soliciting their judgments regarding seven social robots based solely on appearance. Results suggest that participants prefer robots that resemble animals or humans over those that are intended to represent an imaginary creature or do not resemble a creature at all. Results are discussed based on social robot application and design features.

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Copyright © 2017, IEEE. Publisher's version of record: https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2017.8172366

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26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)