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Research methodology in child-robot interaction : a literature study

Looge, W. (2016) Research methodology in child-robot interaction : a literature study.

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Abstract:Due to its relatively young age, the field of Human-Robot Interactions is still looking for a commonly agreed upon set of research methods. Literature on research methods suitable for use in Child-Robot Interaction (CRI) research is even more scarce, despite the fact that children are not yet as cognitively developed as adults and therefore cannot necessarily be researched with the same methods that adults can. This thesis aims to bridge this knowledge gap regarding suitable research methods for CRI. To that end, a systematic literature review was performed to gain insight in which research methods were used in CRI in the past decade, and how suitable these are for children. Self-report methods (interviews and surveys) were found to be suitable only for children aged 7 and up, whereas other methods such as observations and physiological measures are suitable for children of all ages. This was found to be because the age of 7 is a turning point from which children are able to communicate their thought to others – an essential skill to successfully take part in self-report research. Therefore, it is recommended to only use self-report measures with children aged 7 or older.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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