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Feasibility Study on the Role of Personality, Emotion, and Engagement in Socially Assistive Robotics: A Cognitive Assessment Scenario

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The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 56025 Pontedera, Italy
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Department of Excellence in Robotics & AI, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, 50139 Florence, Italy
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Academic Editor: Antony Bryant
Received: 28 February 2021 / Revised: 23 March 2021 / Accepted: 24 March 2021 / Published: 26 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Paper in Informatics)
This study aims to investigate the role of several aspects that may influence human–robot interaction in assistive scenarios. Among all, we focused on semi-permanent qualities (i.e., personality and cognitive state) and temporal traits (i.e., emotion and engagement) of the user profile. To this end, we organized an experimental session with 11 elderly users who performed a cognitive assessment with the non-humanoid ASTRO robot. ASTRO robot administered the Mini Mental State Examination test in Wizard of Oz setup. Temporal and long-term qualities of each user profile were assessed by self-report questionnaires and by behavioral features extrapolated by the recorded videos. Results highlighted that the quality of the interaction did not depend on the cognitive state of the participants. On the contrary, the cognitive assessment with the robot significantly reduced the anxiety of the users, by enhancing the trust in the robotic entity. It suggests that the personality and the affect traits of the interacting user have a fundamental influence on the quality of the interaction, also in the socially assistive context. View Full-Text
Keywords: social assistive robotics; cognitive assessment; quality of interaction social assistive robotics; cognitive assessment; quality of interaction
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Sorrentino, A.; Mancioppi, G.; Coviello, L.; Cavallo, F.; Fiorini, L. Feasibility Study on the Role of Personality, Emotion, and Engagement in Socially Assistive Robotics: A Cognitive Assessment Scenario. Informatics 2021, 8, 23. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/informatics8020023

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Sorrentino A, Mancioppi G, Coviello L, Cavallo F, Fiorini L. Feasibility Study on the Role of Personality, Emotion, and Engagement in Socially Assistive Robotics: A Cognitive Assessment Scenario. Informatics. 2021; 8(2):23. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/informatics8020023

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Sorrentino, Alessandra; Mancioppi, Gianmaria; Coviello, Luigi; Cavallo, Filippo; Fiorini, Laura. 2021. "Feasibility Study on the Role of Personality, Emotion, and Engagement in Socially Assistive Robotics: A Cognitive Assessment Scenario" Informatics 8, no. 2: 23. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/informatics8020023

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