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How Facial Expressions and Small Talk May Influence Trust in a Robot

  • Raul Benites Paradeda
  • Mojgan Hashemian
  • Rafael Afonso Rodrigues
  • Ana Paiva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9979)

Abstract

In this study, we address the level of trust that a human being displays during an interaction with a robot under different circumstances. The influencing factors considered are the facial expressions of a robot during the interactions, as well as the ability of making small talk. To examine these influences, we ran an experiment in which a robot tells a story to a participant, and then asks for help in form of donations. The experiment was implemented in four different scenarios in order to examine the two influencing factors on trust. The results showed the highest level of trust gained when the robot starts with small talk and expresses facial expression in the same direction of storytelling expected emotion.

Keywords

Human Robot Interaction Trust Social robotics Facial expression Small talk 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The authors would like to thank their colleagues in INESC-ID and GAIPS group for their help and support, especially Patrícia Alves-Oliveira, Tiago Ribeiro and Filipa Correia. The first author would like to thank National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) program Science without Border process number: 201833/2014-0 – Brazil and University of State of Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raul Benites Paradeda
    • 1
  • Mojgan Hashemian
    • 1
  • Rafael Afonso Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Ana Paiva
    • 1
  1. 1.INESC-ID & Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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