Embodied Robot Models for Interdisciplinary Emotion Research

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Abstract

Due to their complex nature, emotions cannot be properly understood from the perspective of a single discipline.
In this paper, I discuss how the use of robots as models is beneficial for interdisciplinary emotion research. Addressing this issue through the lens of my own research, I focus on a critical analysis of embodied robots models of different aspects of emotion, relate them to theories in psychology and neuroscience, and provide representative examples. I discuss concrete ways in which embodied robot models can be used to carry out interdisciplinary emotion research, assessing their contributions: as hypothetical models, and as operational models of specific emotional phenomena, of general emotion principles, and of specific emotion ``dimensions''. I conclude by discussing the advantages of using embodied robot models over other models.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Affective Computing
Early online date26 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • robot models of emotions
  • affective cognition
  • affective interaction
  • autonomous robots
  • embodied artificial intelligence
  • human-robot interaction

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