Even though robots' physical embodiment makes it likely humans will come into physical contact with robots, the effects of touch on attitudes in human-robot interaction are still relatively unknown. This survey and video-based, experiment (N=199) investigates the effects of touch and robots interactions. Results show that physical contact and autonomous behavior interact in their effects on perceived machine-likeness and dependability. Attitudes towards robots in general also affected the influence of touch on perceptions of a robot.
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Cramer, H, Amin, A.K, Evers, V, & Kemper, N. (2009). Touched by robots: effects of physical contact and proactiveness. arXiv.org e-Print archive. Cornell University Library .