Persuading youth in civic participation with social robots: What is appropriate?

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Engaging youth in civic participation is essential for sustainable societies. Social robots, as embodied and interactive entities, may be feasible tools to spark youth’s interest. To start designing persuasive interactions for this purpose, we conducted a study addressing the question, what do youth consider as appropriate behaviour for a civic robot? We developed three scenarios describing social robots as persuaders for youth’s civic participation. The scenarios were evaluated in three workshops with 51 fifteen-year-old participants. The credibility of the robot emerged as a central theme: a civic robot should emphasize its purpose and avoid any pretence, also when expressing emotions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Sustainable Social Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of Robophilosophy 2020
EditorsMarco Nørskov, Johanna Seibt, Oliver Santiago Quick
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-155-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-154-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventRobophilosophy Conference - Virtual
Duration: 10 Aug 202021 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameFrontiers of Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0922-6389


ConferenceRobophilosophy Conference


  • civic participation
  • youth
  • social robots
  • civic robots
  • persuasion

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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