The Emotional Dilemma: Influence of a Human-like Robot on Trust and Cooperation

Dennis Becker , Diana Rueda , Felix Beese , Brenda Scarleth Gutierrez Torres , Myriem Lafdili , Kyra Ahrens , Di Fu , Erik Strahl , Tom Weber , Stefan Wermter
32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) doi: 10.1109/RO-MAN57019.2023.10309321 - Aug 2023
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Increasing anthropomorphic robot behavioral design could affect trust and cooperation positively. However, studies have shown contradicting results and suggest a task-dependent relationship between robots that display emotions and trust. Therefore, this study analyzes the effect of robots that display human-like emotions on trust, cooperation, and participants' emotions. In the between-group study, participants play the coin entrustment game with an emotional and a non-emotional robot. The results show that the robot that displays emotions induces more anxiety than the neutral robot. Accordingly, the participants trust the emotional robot less and are less likely to cooperate. Furthermore, the perceived intelligence of a robot increases trust, while a desire to outcompete the robot can reduce trust and cooperation. Thus, the design of robots expressing emotions should be task dependent to avoid adverse effects that reduce trust and cooperation.

 

@InProceedings{BRBGLAFSWW23a, 
 	 author =  {Becker, Dennis and Rueda, Diana and Beese, Felix and Gutierrez Torres, Brenda Scarleth and Lafdili, Myriem and Ahrens, Kyra and Fu, Di and Strahl, Erik and Weber, Tom and Wermter, Stefan},  
 	 title = {The Emotional Dilemma: Influence of a Human-like Robot on Trust and Cooperation}, 
 	 booktitle = {32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)},
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 	 year = {2023},
 	 month = {Aug},
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 	 doi = {10.1109/RO-MAN57019.2023.10309321}, 
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