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Toward Acceptable Domestic Robots: Applying Insights from Social Psychology

Social psychology offers a perspective on the acceptance and adoption of technology that is not often considered in technical circles. In this paper, we discuss several adoption-of-technology models with respect to the acceptance of domestic robots: we examine social-psychology literature and apply it directly to human-robot interaction. We raise key points that we feel will be pivotal to how domestic users respond to robots, and provide a set of guidelines that roboticists and designers of robotic interfaces can use to consider and analyze their designs. Ultimately, understanding how users respond to robots and the reasons behind their responses will enable designers to creating domestic robots that are accepted into homes.


James E. Young, Richard Hawkins, Ehud Sharlin, and Takeo Igarashi. Toward Acceptable Domestic Robots: Applying Insights from Social Psychology. Inaugural Issue of the International Journal on Social Robotics 1(1) (Jan 2009). Springer

Bibtext Entry

journal={International Journal of Social Robotics},
title={Toward Acceptable Domestic Robots: Applying Insights from Social Psychology},
publisher={Springer Netherlands},
keywords={Models and principles; User/machine systems; Software psychology},
author={Young, JamesE. and Hawkins, Richard and Sharlin, Ehud and Igarashi, Takeo},


James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor

As well as: Richard Hawkins, Ehud Sharlin, and Takeo Igarashi