Young Children Treat Robots as Informants
Author(s)Harris, Paul L.; DeSteno, David; Dickens, Leah; Breazeal, Cynthia L.; Kory Westlund, Jacqueline Marie; Jeong, Sooyeon; ... Show more Show less
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Children ranging from 3 to 5 years were introduced to two anthropomorphic robots that provided them with information about unfamiliar animals. Children treated the robots as interlocutors. They supplied information to the robots and retained what the robots told them. Children also treated the robots as informants from whom they could seek information. Consistent with studies of children's early sensitivity to an interlocutor's non-verbal signals, children were especially attentive and receptive to whichever robot displayed the greater non-verbal contingency. Such selective information seeking is consistent with recent findings showing that although young children learn from others, they are selective with respect to the informants that they question or endorse.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Topics in Cognitive Science
Breazeal, Cynthia; Harris, Paul L.; DeSteno, David; Kory Westlund, Jacqueline M.; Dickens, Leah and Jeong, Sooyeon. “Young Children Treat Robots as Informants.” Topics in Cognitive Science 8, no. 2 (March 4, 2016): 481–491. © 2016 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
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