Wizard of Awwws: Exploring Psychological Impact on the Researchers in Social HRI Experiments (2017)
We always have the greatest consideration for our participants' mental and physical well being in our experiments. Howver, researchers are people too, and whether they are secretly controlling robots or acting as a confederate in social HRI experiments, it is possible that stress may arise from the sometimes negative social interactions we study.
This work examines the social psychology bacground of how researchers may be affected, what is currently happening in social HRI for researcher mental health, and what some initial steps we can take to be better in the future. We call for researcher groups to consider how to minimize their own experiment-related stress in their own work.
Daniel J. Rea, Denise Geiskkovitch, James E. Young. "Wizard of Awwws: Exploring Psychological Impact on the Researchers in Social HRI Experiments." In Proceedings of alt.HRI track, Human-Robot Interaction. ACM. 2017 (to appear).