PhD Student: Chiara de Jong MSc
Robots are no longer just made to perform tasks, but are increasingly made for social interaction. Most of the research on child-robot interaction focuses on the possible learning gains that come from the interaction. However, in order for an interaction to be successful, the child first needs to accept a robot. Whereas scholars have repeatedly pointed out that expectations about social robots affect whether children accept social robots, to date even basic knowledge about the antecedents of children’s acceptance of robots is missing. Against this background, my research project will focus on the development and testing of a model on the antecedents of children’s robot acceptance. Additionally, I will study in a long-term perspective whether actual interaction with a robot will impact these antecedents, particularly when the interaction becomes more personal.