Affective and Cognitive Reactions to Robot-Initiated Social Control of Health Behaviors

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Health-related social control refers to intentional attempts to influence people's health behaviors, often seen in personal relationships. Social robots hold promise in influencing people's health by exerting health-related social control, but it is unclear which social control strategies used by robots are appropriate and potentially effective. This study investigates the effects of positive versus negative, and relationship-oriented versus target-oriented social control strategies from a social robot on people's psychological reactions. In an online video prototype study, participants viewed scenarios of a social robot attempting to change their sedentary behaviors by using different strategies. We found that positive (versus negative) strategies elicited stronger positive affect, enjoyment, and perceived social appropriateness, reduced perceived threats to freedom, and strengthened behavioral intention. Meanwhile, the relationship-oriented (versus target-oriented) strategies elevated people's negative affect, reduced enjoyment and perceived appropriateness, elevated perceived threats to freedom, and weakened behavioral intentions. Given these findings, we give recommendations for designing health influence strategies in social robots.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelHRI '24
SubtitelProceedings of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Plaats van productieNew York
UitgeverijAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Aantal pagina's10
ISBN van elektronische versie979-8-4007-0322-5
StatusGepubliceerd - 11 mrt. 2024
EvenementACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2024 - Boulder, Verenigde Staten van Amerika
Duur: 11 mrt. 202415 mrt. 2024


CongresACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2024
Verkorte titelHRI 2024
Land/RegioVerenigde Staten van Amerika


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