Two is better than one: Social rewards from two agents enhance offline improvements in motor skills more than single agent

Masahiro Shiomi, Soto Okumura, Mitsuhiko Kimoto, Takamasa Iio, Katsunori Shimohara, Grzegorz Pochwatko
2020 PLoS ONE  
Social rewards as praise from others enhance offline improvements in human motor skills. Does praise from artificial beings, e.g., computer-graphics-based agents (displayed agents) and robots (collocated agents), also enhance offline improvements in motor skills as effectively as praise from humans? This paper answers this question via two subsequent days' experiment. We investigated the effect of the number of agents and their sense of presence toward offline improvement in motor skills
more » ... motor skills because they are essential factors to change social effects and people's behaviors in human-agent and human-robot interaction. Our 96 participants performed a finger-tapping task. Our results showed that those who received praise from two agents showed significantly better offline motor skill improvement than people who were praised by just one agent and those who received no praise. However, we identified no significant effects related to the sense of presence.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0240622 pmid:33147230 fatcat:zziw7duuzrhzfiigonwnfpkqge