Bridging the Gap between HRI and Neuroscience in Emotion Research: Robots as Models
|Title||Bridging the Gap between HRI and Neuroscience in Emotion Research: Robots as Models|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Name of Proceedings||Proc. 9th ACM/IEEE HRI Workshop on HRI: A Bridge between Robotics and Neuroscience|
|Conference Location||Bielefeld, Germany|
Emotions are a fundamental aspect of social cognition and interaction, and their importance has been acknowledged by both the HRI and neuroscience communities. Emotions provide an ideal framework for inter- and cross-disciplinary research since, due to their complex multi-faceted nature, they cannot be properly understood from the perspective of a single discipline. In this paper, I argue that the use of robots as both stimuli (tools) and models is meaningful in both disciplines as far as emotion research is concerned. I focus on the view of robots as models, illustrate it with representative examples from both disciplines and their potential for cross-fertilization, and discuss ways in which the use of robots as interaction partners is central towards bridging the interdisciplinary gap.