Can Children Catch Curiosity from a Social Robot?
Author(s)Gordon, Goren; Breazeal, Cynthia Lynn; Engel, Susan
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Curiosity is key to learning, yet school children show wide variability in their eagerness to acquire information. Recent research suggests that other people have a strong influence on children's exploratory behavior. Would a curious robot elicit children's exploration and the desire to find out new things? In order to answer this question we designed a novel experimental paradigm in which a child plays an education tablet app with an autonomous social robot, which is portrayed as a younger peer. We manipulated the robot's behavior to be either curiosity-driven or not and measured the child's curiosity after the interaction. We show that some of the child's curiosity measures are significantly higher after interacting with a curious robot, compared to a non-curious one, while others do not. These results suggest that interacting with an autonomous social curious robot can selectively guide and promote children's curiosity.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - HRI '15
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Gordon, Goren, Cynthia Breazeal, and Susan Engel. “Can Children Catch Curiosity from a Social Robot?” Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - HRI ’15, March 2-5, 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA. pp. 91-98.
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