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Congruency Matters: How Ambiguous Gender Cues Increase a Robot's Uncanniness
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computational Science and Technology (CST).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7257-0761
2016 (English)In: SOCIAL ROBOTICS, (ICSR 2016), Springer, 2016, p. 402-412Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Most research on the uncanny valley effect is concerned with the influence of human-likeness and realism as a trigger of an uncanny feeling in humans. There has been a lack of investigation on the effect of other dimensions, for example, gender. Back-projected robotic heads allow us to alter visual cues in the appearance of the robot in order to investigate how the perception of it changes. In this paper, we study the influence of gender on the perceived uncanniness. We conducted an experiment with 48 participants in which we used different modalities of interaction to change the strength of the gender cues in the robot. Results show that incongruence in the gender cues of the robot, and not its specific gender, influences the uncanniness of the back-projected robotic head. This finding has potential implications for both the perceptual mismatch and categorization ambiguity theory as a general explanation of the uncanny valley effect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016. p. 402-412
Series
Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 9979
Keywords [en]
Uncanny valley, Robot gender, Back-projected robotic head
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Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-200063DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47437-3_39ISI: 000389816500039Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84992488272ISBN: 978-3-319-47437-3 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-47436-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-200063DiVA, id: diva2:1068563
Conference
8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), NOV 01-03, 2016, Kansas City, MO
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QC 20170125

Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-20 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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