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Dancing robots: Social interactions are performed, not depicted


Orgs,  Guido       
Department of Music, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society;
Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London;

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Orgs, G., & Cross, E. S. (2023). Dancing robots: Social interactions are performed, not depicted. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46: e40. doi:10.1017/S0140525X2200156X.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000D-47E1-5
Clark and Fischer's depiction hypothesis is based on examples of western mimetic art. Yet social robots do not depict social interactions, but instead perform them. Similarly, dance and performance art do not rely on depiction. Kinematics and expressivity are better predictors of dance aesthetics and of effective social interactions. In this way, social robots are more like dancers than actors.