Social comparison between humans and robots

21. November 2013


Considering the future where robots will be social partners in human’s daily-life, we conducted several studies from social psychological approach. At first, we developed a robot-oriented psychological measure based on ordinary people who are naïve about robots and supposed to be potential users. Using this measure, the relationships between perceived familiarity and human-likeliness is analyzed. This is because more human-like robots are increasingly developed in Japan and it is necessary to clarify that such human-likeliness enhances psychological familiarity for ordinary people. Based on these basic results, an experiment explored the possibility that a robot can be a social target to be compared by the humans in relation to a certain ability. Finally, we consider the psychological concepts of human essence in robots in Japan.