Toward Acceptable Domestic Robots: Applying Insights from Social Psychology

  • James E. YoungEmail author
  • Richard Hawkins
  • Ehud Sharlin
  • Takeo Igarashi
Original Paper


Social psychology offers a perspective on the acceptance and adoption of technology that is not often considered in technical circles. In this paper, we discuss several adoption-of-technology models with respect to the acceptance of domestic robots: we examine social-psychology literature and apply it directly to human-robot interaction. We raise key points that we feel will be pivotal to how domestic users respond to robots, and provide a set of guidelines that roboticists and designers of robotic interfaces can use to consider and analyze their designs. Ultimately, understanding how users respond to robots and the reasons behind their responses will enable designers to creating domestic robots that are accepted into homes.


Models and principles User/machine systems Software psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James E. Young
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Richard Hawkins
    • 1
  • Ehud Sharlin
    • 1
  • Takeo Igarashi
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.JST ERATOTokyoJapan
  3. 3.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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