Motor Interference and Motor Coordination in Human-Human Interaction

 

PhD student Qiming Shen has been investigating if and how people react to the behaviour of a humanoid robot which is performing either congruent or incongruent behaviour. In one experiment, motor coordination was measured using an information-distance method. In addition to the humanoid KASPAR robot (http://kaspar.stca.herts.ac.uk/) a moving dot and a pendulum were presented as other stimuli. Results showed that people responded overall more to a robot when we triggered the belief that the robot was a “social entity”. The results suggests that in addition to bottom-up effects where robot’s appearance and behaviour influence people’s behaviour in human-robot interaction, this effect is modulated by a top-down effect of people’s beliefs of the robot in terms of social presence. The results have been published in IEEE TAMD. This work has been supervised by Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (Principal Supervisor) as well as Dr. Hatice Kose-Bagci and Dr. Joe Saunders.


 

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