Note: In 2013, Health Games Research completed its work. This web site is now an archive and will not be updated. Please visit the web site of the Center for Digital Games Research www.cdgr.ucsb.edu at UC Santa Barbara to find current information about health games and the broader field of digital games, and to use the Health Games Research online searchable database.

Robot Motivator: Towards Adaptive Health Games for Productive Long-Term Interaction

This study examines the influence of virtual social characters on people’s motivation to exercise.  Study participants ages 60 and older are randomly assigned to exercise by following the lead of either (1) an embodied character, which is a human-looking robot that demonstrates exercises right there in the room with them, or (2) an animated presentation of the same robot on a television screen.  The study investigates the role of physical embodiment and social presence on participants’ motivation to engage in and persist in exercise and physical activity.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puaeq4jfyDM
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-jmQ69n73s

Principal Investigator
Professor
Department of Computer Science and Neuroscience

News

Grantee Project Publication Title Datesort icon
University of Southern California
Robot Motivator: Towards Adaptive Health Games for Productive Long-Term Interaction USC Viterbi School of Engineering Maja Matarić Receives Presidential Mentoring Award from President Obama 01/28/2011

Presentations

Fasola, J., & Mataric, M. (2010). Robot exercise instructor: a socially assistive robot for interactive exercise training for the elderly. Presented at the Second International Symposium on Quality of Life Technologies, Las Vegas, NV.

Fasola, J., & Mataric, M. (2010). Robot exercise instructor: a socially assistive robot system to monitor and encourage physical exercise for the elderly. Presented at the 19th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Viareggio, Italy.

Fasola, J., & Mataric, M. (2010). Robot motivator: increasing user enjoyment and performance on a physical/cognitive task. Presented at the International Conference on Development and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI.