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Affective Touch in Human–Robot Interaction: Conveying Emotion to the Nao Robot
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. (Interaction Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0159-9628
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7554-2301
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6568-9342
Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Social Robotics, ISSN 1875-4791, E-ISSN 1875-4805, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 473-491Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Affective touch has a fundamental role in human development, social bonding, and for providing emotional support in interpersonal relationships. We present, what is to our knowledge, the first HRI study of tactile conveyance of both positive and negative emotions (affective touch) on the Nao robot, and based on an experimental set-up from a study of human–human tactile communication. In the present work, participants conveyed eight emotions to a small humanoid robot via touch. We found that female participants conveyed emotions for a longer time, using more varied interaction and touching more regions on the robot’s body, compared to male participants. Several differences between emotions were found such that emotions could be classified by the valence of the emotion conveyed, by combining touch amount and duration. Overall, these results show high agreement with those reported for human–human affective tactile communication and could also have impact on the design and placement of tactile sensors on humanoid robots.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 10, no 4, p. 473-491
Keywords [en]
Tactile interaction, Affective touch, Human–robot interaction, Emotion encoding, Emotion decoding, Social emotions, Nao robot
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Human Computer Interaction
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Interaction Lab (ILAB); INF302 Autonomous Intelligent Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14563DOI: 10.1007/s12369-017-0446-3ISI: 000445226600007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053554592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14563DiVA, id: diva2:1163501
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Region Västra GötalandAvailable from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved

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