Release date: 2020.11.24
Two Motivational Artificial Beings Are Better than One for Enhancing Learning
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba find that praise delivered by robots and virtual agents improves offline learning
Tsukuba, Japan – Social rewards such as praise are known to enhance various stages of the learning process. Now, researchers from Japan have found that praise delivered by artificial beings such as robots and virtual graphics-based agents can have effects similar to praise delivered by humans, with important practical applications as social services such as education increasingly move to virtual and online platforms.
In a study published this month in PLOS ONE ,researchers from the University of Tsukuba have shown that motor task performance in participants was significantly enhanced by praise from either one or two robots or virtual agents.