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Impact of Mediated Intimate Interaction on Education: A Huggable Communication Medium that Encourages Listening.

Nakanishi J, Sumioka H, Ishiguro H - Front Psychol (2016)

Bottom Line: Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers.Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators.We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

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Affiliation: Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Graduated School of Engineering Science, Osaka UniversityToyonaka, Japan; Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute InternationalKyoto, Japan.

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we propose the introduction of human-like communication media as a proxy for teachers to support the listening of children in school education. Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers. We investigate the effect of Hugvie on children's listening and how they and their teachers react to it through observations and interviews. Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators. We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

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Hugvie: huggable communication medium.
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Mentions: We introduce a human-like communication medium as a proxy for teachers to achieve intimate social interaction in classrooms and support both forming external information and preparing mental states for listening. In this study, we use a huggable communication medium called Hugvie with which users can strongly experience the presence of remote partners while hugging it (Minato et al., 2013) (Figure 1). Hugvie, whose body is mainly a cushion in a human-like shape, allows users to feel as if they are hugging conversation partners by squeezing something human-like and hearing a voice near their ears. Since a previous study has already shown that conversation with Hugvie reduces stress (Sumioka et al., 2013), we expect that it will also help children prepare themselves for listening to others by improving both their external conditions and mental states.


Impact of Mediated Intimate Interaction on Education: A Huggable Communication Medium that Encourages Listening.

Nakanishi J, Sumioka H, Ishiguro H - Front Psychol (2016)

Hugvie: huggable communication medium.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Hugvie: huggable communication medium.
Mentions: We introduce a human-like communication medium as a proxy for teachers to achieve intimate social interaction in classrooms and support both forming external information and preparing mental states for listening. In this study, we use a huggable communication medium called Hugvie with which users can strongly experience the presence of remote partners while hugging it (Minato et al., 2013) (Figure 1). Hugvie, whose body is mainly a cushion in a human-like shape, allows users to feel as if they are hugging conversation partners by squeezing something human-like and hearing a voice near their ears. Since a previous study has already shown that conversation with Hugvie reduces stress (Sumioka et al., 2013), we expect that it will also help children prepare themselves for listening to others by improving both their external conditions and mental states.

Bottom Line: Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers.Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators.We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Graduated School of Engineering Science, Osaka UniversityToyonaka, Japan; Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute InternationalKyoto, Japan.

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we propose the introduction of human-like communication media as a proxy for teachers to support the listening of children in school education. Three case studies are presented on storytime fieldwork for children using our huggable communication medium called Hugvie, through which children are encouraged to concentrate on listening by intimate interaction between children and storytellers. We investigate the effect of Hugvie on children's listening and how they and their teachers react to it through observations and interviews. Our results suggest that Hugvie increased the number of children who concentrated on listening to a story and was welcomed by almost all the children and educators. We also discuss improvement and research issues to introduce huggable communication media into classrooms, potential applications, and their contributions to other education situations through improved listening.

No MeSH data available.