Social Presence in Long-Term Human-Computer Relationships

TitleSocial Presence in Long-Term Human-Computer Relationships
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLeite I, Martinho C, Paiva A, Pereira A
Conference NameFourth International Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation
Conference LocationBellagio, Italy
AbstractGiven the recent advances in robot and synthetic character technology, many researchers are now focused on ways of establishing social relations between these agents and humans over long periods of time. In this paper, we study the role of social presence in long-term human-computer interaction. We performed an experiment where children played one chess exercise against a social robot over five consecutive weeks. Social presence was evaluated through questionnaires and video evaluations. The results of the experiment suggest that, after the novelty effect of the first weeks, user’s perceived social presence towards the robot starts decreasing.
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