Similarity of the Impact of Humanoid and In-Person Communications on Frontal Brain Activity of Older People

Soheil Keshmiri, Hidenobu Sumioka, Ryuji Yamazaki Skov, Masataka Okubo, Hiroshi Ishiguro

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Abstract

We report results of the analyses of the effect of communication through a humanoid robot in comparison with in-person, video-chat, and speaker on frontal brain activity of older people during an storytelling experiment. Our results suggest that whereas communicating through a physically embodied medium potentially induces a significantly higher pattern of brain activation with respect to video-chat and speaker, its difference is non-significant in comparison with in-person communication. These results imply that communicating through a humanoid robot induces a pattern of brain activity in older people that is potentially similar to in-person communication. Our findings benefit researchers and practitioners in rehabilitation and elderly care facilities in search of effective means of communication with their patients to increase their involvement in the incremental steps of their treatments. Moreover, they imply the utility of brain information as a promising sensory gateway in characterization of the behavioural responses in human-robot interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2286-2291
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538680940
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 27
Event2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2018 Oct 12018 Oct 5

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period18/10/118/10/5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Keshmiri, S., Sumioka, H., Yamazaki Skov, R., Okubo, M., & Ishiguro, H. (2018). Similarity of the Impact of Humanoid and In-Person Communications on Frontal Brain Activity of Older People. In 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018 (pp. 2286-2291). [8594521] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2018.8594521