Effects of different kinds of robot feedback

Kerstin Fischer, Katrin S. Lohan, C.L. Nehaniv, Hagen Lehmann

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In this paper, we investigate to what extent tutors' behavior is influenced by different kinds of robot feedback. In particular, we study the effects of online robot feedback in which the robot responds either contingently to the tutor's social behavior or by tracking the objects presented. Also, we investigate the impact of the robot's learning success on tutors' tutoring strategies. Our results show that only in the condition in which the robot's behavior is socially contingent, the human tutors adjust their behavior to the robot. In the developmentally equally plausible object-driven condition, in which the robot tracked the objects presented, tutors do not change their behavior significantly, even though in both conditions the robot develops from a prelinguistic stage to producing keywords. Socially contingent robot feedback has thus the potential to influence tutors' behavior over time. Display of learning outcomes, in contrast, only serves as feedback on robot capabilities when it is coupled with online social feedback.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319026749
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event5th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013 - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Oct 201329 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8239 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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