Investigating the differences in effects of the persuasive message’s timing during science learning to overcome the cognitive dissonance

K. Youssef, J.R.C. Ham, M. Okada

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Based on conceptual change theory, cognitive dissonance is known as an important factor in conceptual change. Thus, those who design and build educational robots will need to understand how best to provide ways for robots to implicitly persuade students to change their bad attitudes when encountering a cognitively dissonant situation. Building on diverse literature, we examine how to make students change their bad attitudes of avoiding difficult science exercises. More precisely, we intend to make students overcome cognitive dissonance by choosing to redo a difficult science exercise that they had previously answered incorrectly rather than jumping to another exercise. First, we introduce the concept of gamma window. Then we investigate how different timings of the persuasive strategy affect how students overcome the cognitive dissonance and avoid learned helplessness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference, ICSR 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA, November 1-3, 2016 Proceedings
EditorsA. Agah, J.J. Cabibihan, A.M. Howard, M.A. Salichs, H. He
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47437-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-47436-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event8th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2016: Sociorobotics - Kansas City, United States
Duration: 1 Nov 20163 Nov 2016
Conference number: 8

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9979 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference8th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2016
Abbreviated titleICSR 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKansas City
Internet address


  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Gamma window
  • Learned helplessness
  • Persuasiveness


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