Designing motivational robot: How robots might motivate children to eat fruits and vegetables

Ilaria Baroni, Marco Nalin, Mattia Coti Zelati, Elettra Oleari, Alberto Sanna

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Abstract

This study contribute toward the creation of social robots as personal and public assistants. The ability of the robot to persuade and motivate people to follow a given behavior is of particular relevance in several cases, especially those related to people's health recover and maintenance (e.g., personal trainer, diet coach, etc.). In this paper, we evaluated the effect of a humanoid robot's use of verbal and bodily features and behaviors in motivating 80 children (age: 8-9 years old) in following healthier lifestyles (namely eat more fruit and vegetables). The results confirmed the hypothesis that the use of such motivational cues significantly improves the persuasiveness of the robot. Moreover the results highlighted a higher impact of the verbal cues implementations, which is in contrast with previous studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages796-801
Number of pages6
Volume2014-October
EditionOctober
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2014
Event23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2014 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 25 2014Aug 29 2014

Other

Other23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, IEEE RO-MAN 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period8/25/148/29/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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Baroni, I., Nalin, M., Zelati, M. C., Oleari, E., & Sanna, A. (2014). Designing motivational robot: How robots might motivate children to eat fruits and vegetables. In Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (October ed., Vol. 2014-October, pp. 796-801). [6926350] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2014.6926350