Towards the synthetic self: making others perceive me as an other

Stephane Lallee, Vasiliki Vouloutsi, Maria Blancas Munoz, Klaudia Grechuta, Jordi-Ysard Puigbo Llobet, Marina Sarda, Paul F.M.J. Verschure
2015 Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics  
AbstractFuture applications of robotic technologies will involve interactions with non-expert humans as machines will assume the role of companions, teachers or healthcare assistants. In all those tasks social behavior is a key ability that needs to be systematically investigated and modelled at the lowest level, as even a minor inconsistency of the robot's behavior can greatly affect the way humans will perceive it and react to it. Here we propose an integrated architecture for generating a
more » ... for generating a socially competent robot.We validate our architecture using a humanoid robot, demonstrating that gaze, eye contact and utilitarian emotions play an essential role in the psychological validity or social salience of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). We show that this social salience affects both the empathic bonding between the human and a humanoid robot and, to a certain extent, the attribution of a Theory of Mind (ToM). More specifically, we investigate whether these social cues affect other utilitarian aspects of the interaction such as knowledge transfer within a teaching context.
doi:10.1515/pjbr-2015-0010 fatcat:as6uqd3yvbdmzpumk44dbrofe4