Age-related Differences in Children's Associations and Preferences for a Robot's Gender

Anara Sandygulova, Gregory Mp O'Hare

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Abstract

In order to establish social and bonding relationships with children, robots need to be able to adapt to a variety of users of different age and gender groups in order to keep them engaged and motivated. To this end, this research examines the responses of 107 children, ages 5 to 12, who interacted with humanoid robot NAO that communicated with synthesized female and male voices. Our results show young children (ages 5 to 8) were not able to successfully attribute gender to the robot in correspondence with the synthesized voice. In addition, we explicitly investigated childrens preferences for the robots gender: younger children indicated their preference for a robot with a matching gender while there was no difference in preferences for a robots gender by older children (ages 9 to 12).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2018 - Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages235-236
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356152
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2018
Event13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2018Mar 8 2018

Conference

Conference13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, HRI 2018
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period3/5/183/8/18

Keywords

  • age
  • child-robot interaction
  • gender
  • human-robot interaction
  • social robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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