Can you hold my hand? Physical warmth in human-robot interaction

Jiaqi Nie, Michelle Pak, Angie Lorena Marin, S. Shyam Sundar

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Abstract

This study investigates whether the temperature of a robot's hand can affect perceptions of the robot as a companion. Our research empirically analyzes the responses of 39 individuals randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) holding a warm robot hand or (2) holding a cold robot hand or (3) not holding a robot hand. The effects of this simulated 'human touch' on HRI were examined in the context of viewing a horror film clip. Results suggest that experiences of physical warmth and handholding increase feelings of friendship and trust toward the robot. However, the discrepancy between the expectation of an actual human touch and the mechanical appearance of a robot could result in negative effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHRI'12 - Proceedings of the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Pages201-202
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 26 2012
Event7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI'12 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2012Mar 8 2012

Publication series

NameHRI'12 - Proceedings of the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

Other

Other7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI'12
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period3/5/123/8/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Nie, J., Pak, M., Marin, A. L., & Sundar, S. S. (2012). Can you hold my hand? Physical warmth in human-robot interaction. In HRI'12 - Proceedings of the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 201-202). (HRI'12 - Proceedings of the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction). https://doi.org/10.1145/2157689.2157755