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Assessing Children's Perceptions and Acceptance of A Social Robot

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posted on 07.04.2019, 00:44 by Jacqueline Kory Westlund, Cynthia Breazeal
Children's interactions with social robots and other technologies are increasingly longitudinal, especially in areas such as healthcare, therapy, and education. As a result, we need to understand how children perceive social robots over time and the kinds of relationships they are developing. However, relatively few validated assessments exist that measure young children's relationships or their perception and acceptance of social robots.

We provide two new assessments for measuring (1) children's perception of a robot's animacy and human-likeness (the Picture Sorting Task), and (2) children's acceptance of a robot (the Social Acceptance Questionnaire), with children aged 4--7.

These assessments were pilot-tested in 2017 and 2018 during both a single-session study and a long-term study. The following paper presents the results of these studies, which showed that children could respond appropriately to the assessments and that they had good reliability.

You are free to use or adapt these assessments. If you do, please cite the following paper:

Kory-Westlund, J.M., & Breazeal., C. (2019). Assessing Children's Perceptions and Acceptance of A Social Robot. Proceedings of the 18th ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC) ACM: New York, NY.


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