Publication Details

Stephanie Sturgeon, Andrew Palmer, Janelle Blankenburg, and David Feil-Seifer. "Perception of Social Intelligence in Robots Performing False-Belief Tasks." In International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), New Delhi, India, Oct 2019. IEEE. doi: 10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956467 ( pdf )


  • Keywords:
  • HRI
  • humanoids
  • REU
  • PSI

Abstract

This study evaluated how a robot demonstrating a Theory of Mind (ToM) influenced human perception of social intelligence and animacy in a human-robot interaction. Data was gathered through an online survey where participants watched a video depicting a NAO robot either failing or passing the Sally-Anne false-belief task. Participants (N = 60) were randomly assigned to either the Pass or Fail condition. A Perceived Social Intelligence Survey and the Perceived Intelligence and Animacy subsections of the Godspeed Questionnaire were used as measures. The Godspeed was given before viewing the task to measure participant expectations, and again after to test changes in opinion. Our findings show that robots demonstrating ToM significantly increase perceived social intelligence, while robots demonstrating ToM deficiencies are perceived as less socially intelligent.

Author Details

Name: Stephanie Sturgeon
Status: Inactive

Name: Andrew Palmer
Status: Active

Name: Janelle Blankenburg
email: jjblankenburg@nevada.unr.edu
Website: jblankenburg.github.io
Status: Active

Name: David Feil-Seifer
email: dave@cse.unr.edu
Website: http://cse.unr.edu/~dave
Phone: (775) 784-6469
Status: Active

BibTex Reference

@inproceedings{sturgeon2019perception,
  title={Perception of Social Intelligence in Robots Performing False-Belief Tasks},
  author={Stephanie Sturgeon and Andrew Palmer and Janelle Blankenburg and David Feil-Seifer},
  year={2019},
  month={October},
  address={New Delhi, India},
  publisher={IEEE},
  doi={10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956467},
  booktitle={International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)},
}

HTML Reference

<span class="authors">Stephanie Sturgeon, Andrew Palmer, Janelle Blankenburg, and David Feil-Seifer</span>. <span class="title">"Perception of Social Intelligence in Robots Performing False-Belief Tasks." </span> In <span class="booktitle">International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)</span>, <span class="address">New Delhi, India</span>, <span class="month">Oct</span> <span class="year">2019</span>. <span class="ending">IEEE.</span> <span class="doi">doi: 10.1109/RO-MAN46459.2019.8956467</span>

Support

CHS: Small: Socially-Aware Navigation, National Science Foundation PI: David Feil-Seifer, co-PI: Monica Nicolescu, Amount: $500,000, Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2021

REU Site: Collaborative Human-Robot Interaction, National Science Foundation PI: David Feil-Seifer, co-PI: Shamik Sengupta, Amount: $360,000, Feb. 1, 2018 - Jan. 31, 2021