Can Children Catch Curiosity from a Social Robot?

Goren Gordon, Cynthia Breazeal, Susan Engel

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages91-98
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450328821
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2015 - Portland, United States
Duration: 2 Mar 20155 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Volume2015-March
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

Conference10th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland
Period2/03/155/03/15

Keywords

  • autonomous robot behavior
  • children education
  • dragonbot

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