While interacting with a social robot, children have a need to express themselves and have their expressions acknowledged by the robot. A need that is often unaddressed by the robot, due to its limitations in understanding the expressions of children. To keep the child-robot interaction manageable the robot takes control, undermining children's ability to co-regulate the interaction. Co-regulation is important for having a fulfilling social interaction. We developed a co-creation activity that aims to facilitate more co-regulation. Children are enabled to create sound effects, gestures, and light shows for the robot to use during their conversation. Results from a user study (N = 59 school children, 7-11 y.o.) showed that the co-creation activity successfully facilitated co-regulation by improving children's agency. Co-creation furthermore increases children's acceptance of the robot.
|Title of host publication||HRI '21 Companion|
|Subtitle of host publication||Companion of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2021|
|Event||2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States|
Duration: 8 Mar 2021 → 11 Mar 2021
|Name||ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction|
|Conference||2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2021|
|Period||8/03/21 → 11/03/21|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work is part of the Hero project and is supported by the research program ‘Technology for Oncology’ (grand number 15198), which is financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF Kankerbestrijd-ing), the TKI Life Sciences & Health, ASolutions, the Cancer Health Coach, and Wintertuin Literary Agency. The research consortium consists of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Princess Máxima Center, Centrum Wiskunde & In-formatica (CWI), and the University Medical Centers Amsterdam UMC.
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