Are future psychologists willing to accept and use a humanoid robot in their practice? Italian and English students' perspective.

CONTI, Daniela, CATTANI, Allegra, DI NUOVO, Santo and DI NUOVO, Alessandro (2019). Are future psychologists willing to accept and use a humanoid robot in their practice? Italian and English students' perspective. Frontiers in psychology, 10, p. 2138.

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    Abstract

    Despite general scepticism from care professionals, social robotics research is providing evidence of successful application in education and rehabilitation in clinical psychology practice. In this article, we investigate the cultural influences of English and Italian psychology students in the perception of usefulness and intention to use a robot as an instrument for future clinical practice and, secondly, the modality of presentation of the robot by comparing oral versus video presentation. To this end, we surveyed 158 Italian and British-English psychology students after an interactive demonstration using a humanoid robot to evaluate the social robot’s acceptance and use. The Italians were positive, while the English were negative towards the perceived usefulness and intention to use the robot in psychological practice in the near future. However, most English and Italian respondents felt they did not have the necessary abilities to make good use of the robot. We concluded that it is necessary to provide psychology students with further knowledge and practical skills regarding social robotics, which could facilitate the adoption and use of this technology in clinical settings.

    Item Type: Article
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02138
    Page Range: p. 2138
    Depositing User: Colin Knott
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 09:56
    Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 11:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25142

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