Keep an Eye on the Task! How Gender Typicality of Tasks Influence Human–Robot Interactions

  • Dieta Kuchenbrandt
  • Markus Häring
  • Jessica Eichberg
  • Friederike Eyssel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7621)


In the present experiment, we tested the impact of the gender typicality of a human–robot interaction (HRI) task on the user’s performance during HRI, and on evaluation and acceptance of the robot. N = 73 participants (38 males and 35 females) performed either a stereotypically male or a stereotypically female task while being instructed by either a ‘male’ or a ‘female’ robot. Our results revealed that gender typicality of the task substantially influenced our dependent measures: Specifically, more errors occurred when participants collaborated with the robot in context of a typically female work domain. Moreover, participants were less willing to accept help from the robot in a future task when they performed a typically female task. These effects were independent of robot and participant gender. Furthermore, when instructing participants on a female task, the male and the female robot were perceived as equally competent. In contrast, when instructing participants on a male task, the female robot was perceived as more competent compared to the male robot. Our findings will be discussed with regard to theoretical and practical implications.


Gender human-robot interaction robot evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieta Kuchenbrandt
    • 1
  • Markus Häring
    • 2
  • Jessica Eichberg
    • 2
  • Friederike Eyssel
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)BielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Computer Science, Human Centered MultimediaAugsburg UniversityGermany

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