Mind Perception of a Sociable Humanoid Robot: A Comparison Between Elderly and Young Adults

  • Maryam AlimardaniEmail author
  • Sonia Qurashi
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1093)


Sociable robots are slowly entering domains such as education and healthcare. As we are exposing our youth and elderly to these new intelligent technologies, it is important to understand their perception and attitudes towards robots. This study investigates the differences between elderly and young adults in ascribing mind perception to a sociable humanoid robot. Both subjective and behavioral measurements were employed to investigate the differences. Several trends were found; elderlies attributed higher scores of mind perception to the robot, whereas young adults seemed to have a more positive attitude towards it. Elderlies seemed to apply human social models of interaction, whereas young adults perceived a master-slave relationship between humans and the robot. Furthermore, a significant positive correlation was found between mind perception and attitude toward the robot for both groups.


Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Sociable robots Mind perception Humanoid robot Elderly 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive Science and AITilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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