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The study described in this paper investigated the effects of previous exposure to robots on children’s perception of the Kaspar robot. 166 children aged between 7 and 11 participated in the study in the framework of a UK robotics week 2018 event, in which we visited a local primary school with a number of different robotic platforms to teach the children about robotics. Children’s perception of the Kaspar robot was measured using a questionnaire following a direct interaction with the robot in a teaching scenario. Children’s previous exposure to other robots and Kaspar itself was manipulated by controlling the order of children’s participation in the different activities over the event. Effects of age and gender were also examined. Results suggest significant effects of previous exposure and gender on children’s perception of Kaspar, while age had no significant effect. Important methodological implications for future studies are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, ICSR 2019, Madrid, Spain, November 26–29, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsMiguel A. Salichs, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Emilia Ivanova Barakova, John-John Cabibihan, Alan R. Wagner, Álvaro Castro-González, Hongsheng He
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030358884
ISBN (Print)9783030358877
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2019
Event11th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2019 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 26 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11876 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2019


  • Assistive robots
  • Child-robot interaction
  • Robot perception


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