Psychological Benchmarks of Human–Robot Interaction
  • ISSN 1572-0373
  • E-ISSN: 1572-0381
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Studies of human–human interactions indicate that relational dimensions, which are largely nonverbal, include intimacy/involvement, status/control, and emotional valence. This paper devises codes from a study of couples and strangers which may be behavior-mapped on to next generation android bodies. The codes provide act specifications for a possible benchmark of nonverbal intimacy in human–robot interaction. The appropriateness of emotionally intimate behaviors for androids is considered. The design and utility of the android counselor/psychotherapist is explored, whose body is equipped with semi-autonomous visceral and behavioral capacities for ‘doing intimacy.’


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): androids; human–robot interaction; intimacy; nonverbal behavior

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