University of Hertfordshire

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Exploring human mental models of robots through explicitation interviews

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs of the 19th IEEE Int Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-7990-0
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event19th IEEE Int Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication - Viareggio, Italy
Duration: 12 Sep 201015 Sep 2010


Conference19th IEEE Int Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication


This paper presents the findings of a qualitative study exploring how mental models of a mechanoid robot using dog-inspired affective cues behaviour emerges and impacts the evaluation of the robot after the viewing of a video of an assistive robotics scenario interaction with the robot. It discusses this using contrasting case studies based on the analysis of explicitation interviews with three participants. The analysis suggests that while for some users zoomorphic cues may aid in initial interactions, they need to be framed in an authentic interaction, highlighting the actual capabilities of the robot as a technological artifact, and how these impact the everyday life and interests of the potential user.


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