Backchannel Head Nods in Danish First Meeting Encounters with a Humanoid Robot: The Role of Physical Embodiment

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Abstract

Head nods have been shown to play an important role for communication management in human communication, e.g. as a non-verbal feedback signal from the listener. Based on a study with virtual agents, which showed that the use of head nods helps eliciting more verbal input from the user, we investigate the use of
head nods in communications between a user and a humanoid robot (Nao) that
they meet for the first time. Contrary to the virtual agent case, the robot elicited
less talking from the user when it was using head nods as a feedback signal. A
follow-up experiment revealed that the physical embodiment of the robot had a
huge impact on the users' behavior in the first encounters.
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Head nods have been shown to play an important role for communication management in human communication, e.g. as a non-verbal feedback signal from the listener. Based on a study with virtual agents, which showed that the use of head nods helps eliciting more verbal input from the user, we investigate the use of
head nods in communications between a user and a humanoid robot (Nao) that
they meet for the first time. Contrary to the virtual agent case, the robot elicited
less talking from the user when it was using head nods as a feedback signal. A
follow-up experiment revealed that the physical embodiment of the robot had a
huge impact on the users' behavior in the first encounters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction. Advanced Interaction Modalities and Techniques : 16th International Conference, HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu
Number of pages12
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2014
Pages651-662
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-07229-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-07230-2
DOI
StatePublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventHCI 2014 International - Creta Maris, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014
Conference number: 16

Conference

ConferenceHCI 2014 International
Nummer16
LocationCreta Maris
LandGreece
ByHeraklion, Crete
Periode22/06/201427/06/2014
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume8511
ISSN0302-9743

    Research areas

  • Human robot interaction, Culture Aware Robots, Embodied Interaction, nonverbal communication
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