Looking Good? Appearance Preferences and Robot Personality Inferences at Zero Acquaintance

TitleLooking Good? Appearance Preferences and Robot Personality Inferences at Zero Acquaintance
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSyrdal DS, Walters M, Koay KL, Woods SN, Dautenhahn K
Pagination86-92.
Date PublishedMarch
InstitutionAAAI - Spring Symposium 2007, Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Socially Assistive Robotics
Abstract{This study uses video narratives to investigate the relationship between participant personality and preferencestowards robot appearance of differing degrees of anthropomorphism. It also compares participant personality attributions of robots on such basis to psychological studies on human-human personality attributions at zero acquaintance.In accordance with previous studies on human – human personality attribution, the most salient variance between the robot appearances was found for perceived Extraversion, where the three appearance types differed significantly from each other F(1,79)=51.62,p<.001). This relationship followed the degree of anthropomorphism, with the most anthropomorphic appearance scoring the highest and the least anthropomorphic scoring the lowest. For overall participant preferences, the most preferred appearance overall, was the most anthropomorphic appearance. This result was significant ((χ2 (2) = 36.189, p<.001). An analysis of the relationship between participant personality and appearance preferences found that introversion was significantly correlated with preference scores for the least anthropomorphic appearance (r=.263
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