Can you hold my hand? Physical warmth in human-robot interaction

  title={Can you hold my hand? Physical warmth in human-robot interaction},
  author={Jiaqi Nie and Michelle Pak and Angie Lorena Marin and S. Shyam Sundar},
  journal={2012 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)},
This study investigates whether the temperature of a robot's hand can affect perceptions of the robot as a companion. Our research empirically analyzes the responses of 39 individuals randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) holding a warm robot hand or (2) holding a cold robot hand or (3) not holding a robot hand. The effects of this simulated 'human touch' on HRI were examined in the context of viewing a horror film clip. Results suggest that experiences of physical warmth and… CONTINUE READING
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