Title Explanation for Human Sensitive Response to a Humanlike Agent Focusing on Amygdalar Function
Authors Yoshimasa Tawatsuji (Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University)
Keiichi Muramatsu (Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University)
kazuaki Kojima (Learning Technology Laboratory, Teikyo University)
Tatsunori Matsui (Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University)
Abstract The uncanny valley is a critical issue in the research field of Human-Computer Interaction. While interacting with an agent highly similar to a real human, people perceive it as a human and subsequently as a non-human. The dual-pathway of emotion can provide an explanation for this two kinds of human perception to the agent, and the inconsistency of processed information, human and non-human, can cause the occurrence of the uncanny valley. We propose a model of how the inconsistency can occur, based on the dual-pathway of emotion and the function of the amygdala. According to the model, the inconsistency can the most likely occur when an agent looks almost human.
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