A Storytelling Robot managing Persuasive and Ethical Stances via ACT-R: an Exploratory Study [article]

Agnese Augello, Giuseppe Città, Manuel Gentile, Antonio Lieto
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We present a storytelling robot, controlled via the ACT-R cognitive architecture, able to adopt different persuasive techniques and ethical stances while conversing about some topics concerning COVID-19. The main contribution of the paper consists in the proposal of a needs-driven model that guides and evaluates, during the dialogue, the use (if any) of persuasive techniques available in the agent procedural memory. The portfolio of persuasive techniques tested in such a model ranges from the
more » ... e of storytelling, to framing techniques and rhetorical-based arguments. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first attempt of building a persuasive agent able to integrate a mix of explicitly grounded cognitive assumptions about dialogue management, storytelling and persuasive techniques as well as ethical attitudes. The paper presents the results of an exploratory evaluation of the system on 63 participants
arXiv:2107.12845v2 fatcat:mc6n3cifo5cazds2wddnwogeqq