How Certain Robot Attributes Influence Human-to-Robot Social and Emotional Bonds

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2023-01-03
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Fife, Paul
Rosengren, Warren
Gaskin, James
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A growing population of humans are feeling lonely and isolated and may therefore benefit from social and emotional companionship. However, other humans cannot always be available to fulfill these needs, and such in-need individuals often cannot care for pets. Therefore, we explore how robot companions may be designed to facilitate bonds with humans. Our preliminary examination of 115 participants in a quasi-experimental study suggests that humans are more likely to develop social and emotional bonds with robots when those robots are good at communicating and conveying emotions. However, robots’ anthropomorphic attributes and responsiveness to external cues were found to have no impact on bond formulation.
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Advances in Trust Research: How Context and Digital Technologies Matter, emotional bonds, empathy, human-robot-interaction, social bonds
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Proceedings of the 56th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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