An advantage of bipedal humanoid robot on the empathy generation: A neuroimaging study

Naoki Miura, Motoaki Sugiura, Makoto Takahashi, Tomohisa Moridaira, Atsushi Miyamoto, Yoshihiro Kuroki, Ryuta Kawashima

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Abstract

To determine the effect of robotic embodiment on human-robot interaction, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure brain activity during the observation of emotionally positive or neutral actions performed by bipedal or wheel-drive humanoid robots. fMRI data from 30 participants were analyzed in the study. The results revealed that bipedal humanoid robot performing emotionally positive actions induced the activation of the left orbitofrontal cortex, which is associated with emotional empathy, whereas wheel-drive humanoid robot performing the same actions elicited a lesser response. These results demonstrate that humans more readily empathize with a bipedal humanoid robot based on the ability to simulate human-like body movements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS
Pages2465-2470
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS - Nice, France
Duration: 2008 Sep 222008 Sep 26

Publication series

Name2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS

Other

Other2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS
CountryFrance
CityNice
Period08/9/2208/9/26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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