Looking good? Appearance preferences and robot personality inferences at zero acquaintance

Dag Sverre Syrdal, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Sarah N. Woods, Michael L. Walters, Kheng Lee Koay

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    The study presented in this paper explored the relationships between participant personality, perceived robot personality and preferences for particular robot appearances. The participants (N=77) watched 3 videos of a HRI situation in which the appearance of the robot was altered to appear more or less anthropomorphic. Participant personality was assessed using the Big Five Domain Scale, while Robot Personality was measured using 5 items based on the traits from the Big Five Model. The results reveal that low Emotional Stability and Extraversion scores are related to preferences for mechanical robot appearances. Results for perceived robot personality suggest that participants clearly differentiated between the different robots on the dimensions of Extraversion, Agreeableness and Intelligence, but did not differentiate strongly between them on the Emotional Stability dimension. Compilation copyright

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMultidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics - Papers from the 2007 AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2007
    Event2007 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
    Duration: 26 Mar 200728 Mar 2007

    Publication series

    NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report


    Conference2007 AAAI Spring Symposium
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityStanford, CA


    • Anthropomorphism
    • Human robot interaction
    • Personality
    • Robot appearance
    • Robot personality
    • Social robotics
    • Video trials


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