A Meta-Analysis of Human Personality and Robot Acceptance in Human-Robot Interaction

26 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2021

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Connor Esterwood

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information

Kyle Essenmacher

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information

Han Yang

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information

Fanpan Zeng

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information

Lionel Robert

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information

Date Written: January 17, 2021

Abstract

Human personality has been identified as a predictor of robot acceptance in the human–robot interaction (HRI) literature. Despite this, the HRI literature has provided mixed support for this assertion. To better understand the relationship between human personality and robot acceptance, this paper conducts a meta-analysis of 26 studies. Results found a positive relationship between human personality and robot acceptance. However, this relationship varied greatly by the specific personality trait along with the study sample’s age, gender diversity, task, and global region. This meta-analysis also identified gaps in the literature. Namely, additional studies are needed that investigate both the big five personality traits and other personality traits, examine a more diverse age range, and utilize samples from previously unexamined regions of the globe.

Keywords: Personality; Robot Acceptance; Individual Differences; Human-Robot Interaction, HRI, Meta- Analysis, Anxiety, Adaptability, Enjoyment, Sociability, Social Presence, Trust, robotics, future of work, robot, robots

JEL Classification: M53, M54, O33, O50, M15, J24, J28

Suggested Citation

Esterwood, Connor and Essenmacher, Kyle and Yang, Han and Zeng, Fanpan and Robert, Lionel, A Meta-Analysis of Human Personality and Robot Acceptance in Human-Robot Interaction (January 17, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3768022 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3768022

Connor Esterwood

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information ( email )

304 West Hall
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
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Kyle Essenmacher

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information ( email )

304 West Hall
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
United States

Han Yang

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information ( email )

304 West Hall
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
United States

Fanpan Zeng

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information ( email )

304 West Hall
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
United States

Lionel Robert (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information ( email )

4388 North Quad
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
United States

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