No evidence for enhanced likeability and social motivation towards robots after synchrony experience

Henschel, A. and Cross, E. S. (2020) No evidence for enhanced likeability and social motivation towards robots after synchrony experience. Interaction Studies, 21(1), pp. 7-23. (doi: 10.1075/is.19004.hen)

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Abstract A wealth of social psychology studies suggests that moving in synchrony with another person can positively influence their likeability and prosocial behavior towards them. Recently, human-robot interaction (HRI) researchers have started to develop real-time, adaptive synchronous movement algorithms for social robots. However, little is known how socially beneficial synchronous movements with a robot actually are. We predicted that moving in synchrony with a robot would improve its likeability and participants’ social motivation towards the robot, as measured by the number of questions asked during a free interaction period. Using a between-subjects design, we implemented the synchrony manipulation via a drawing task. Contrary to predictions, we found no evidence that participants who moved in synchrony with the robot rated it as more likeable or asked it more questions. By including validated behavioral and neural measures, future studies can generate a better and more objective estimation of synchrony’s effects on rapport with social robots.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by the ERC Starting Grant ‘SOCIAL ROBOTS’ (ERC-StG-2015-62770 to E. S. C.).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Henschel, Ms Anna and Cross, Professor Emily
Authors: Henschel, A., and Cross, E. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Interaction Studies
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Online):1572-0381
Published Online:24 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © John Benjamins Publishing Company
First Published:First published in Interaction Studies 21(1):7-23
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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