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The Frankenstein syndrome questionnaire: Results from a quantitative cross-cultural survey

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationProcs 5th Int Conf, ICSR 2013
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-02675-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-02674-9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Event5th Int Conf on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Oct 201329 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference5th Int Conf on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom


This paper describes the results from a cross-cultural survey of attitudes towards humanoid robots conducted in Japan and with a Western sampe. The survey used the tentatively titled "Frankenstein Syndrome Questionnaire" and combined responses both from a Japanese and Western sample in order to explore common, cross-cultural factor structures in these responses. In addition, the differences between samples in terms of relationships between factors as well as other intra-sample relationships were examined. Findings suggest that the Western sample's interfactor relationships were more structured than the Japanese sample, and that intra-sample characteristics such as age and gender were more prevalent in the Western sample than the Japanese sample. The results are discussed in relation to the notion of the Frankenstein Syndrome advanced by Kaplan [1].


Dag Sverre Syrdal, Tatsuya Nomura, and Kerstin Dautenhahn, 'The Frankenstein Syndrome Questionnaire – Results from a Quantitative Cross-Cultural Survey', In: Herrmann G., Pearson M.J., Lenz A., Bremner P., Spiers A., Leonards U. (eds) Social Robotics. ICSR 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8239. Springer, Cham. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Robotics, (ICSR) 2013, Bristol, UK, 27-29 October 2013. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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