Younger and older adults' attitudes toward robot faces: Effects of task and humanoid appearance

Akanksha Prakash, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

Although humanoid robots are being designed to assist people in various tasks, there remain gaps in our understanding of the perceptions that humanoid faces evoke in the user. Understanding user perceptions will enable design of robots suited for the target user group. We assessed younger and older adults' preferences for robot appearance out of three levels of human-likeness. Preferences for robot appearance differed between younger and older age groups. A majority of older adults preferred a human appearance for their robot whereas the intermediate level of appearance (mixed human-robot) was least popular among them. Younger adults' preferences were more distributed across the three levels of human-like appearances. Moreover, preferences for appearance depended on the robot task. The underlying reasons for task-specific preferences toward highly human-looking versus less human-looking robots are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2013
Pages114-118
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 13 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event57th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting - 2013, HFES 2013 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 30 2013Oct 4 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other57th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting - 2013, HFES 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period9/30/1310/4/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Prakash, A., & Rogers, W. A. (2013). Younger and older adults' attitudes toward robot faces: Effects of task and humanoid appearance. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2013 (pp. 114-118). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931213571027