Dancing robots: Social interactions are performed, not depicted

Orgs, Guido and Cross, Emily S.. 2023. Dancing robots: Social interactions are performed, not depicted. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46, e40. ISSN 0140-525X [Article]

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Clark and Fischer’s depiction hypothesis is based on examples of western mimetic art. Yet, social robots do not depict social interactions, but instead perform them. Similarly, dance and performance art do not rely on depiction. Kinematics and expressivity are better predictors of dance aesthetics and of effective social interactions. In this way, social robots are more like dancers than actors.

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This article has been published in a revised form in 'Behavioral and Brain Sciences' [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X2200156X]. This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND licence. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © The Author(s), 2023.

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22 July 2022Accepted
5 April 2023Published Online

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05 Jan 2023 17:15

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