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Felix Jimenez, Masayoshi Kanoh, Tomohiro Yoshikawa, Takeshi Furuhashi and Tsuyoshi Nakamura

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We investigated the effect of robot’s utterances using onomatopoeia in collaborative learning. The robot was designed to provide encouragement using onomatopoeia when students are given problems to be solved issued by a learning system. Eight college students used a mathematics learning system with a robot for three weeks and then took exams. The results indicated that the robot using utterances with onomatopoeia could comfort learners more than the robot without onomatopoeia. It suggests that the robot that praises or comforts using onomatopoeia helps learners maintain their motivation in collaborative learning.

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Felix Jimenez, Tomohiro Yoshikawa, Takeshi Furuhashi and Masayoshi Kanoh

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With the growth of robot technology, robots that assist learning have attracted increasing attention. However, users tend to lose interest in educational-support robots. To solve this problem, we propose a model of emotional expression based on human-agent interaction studies. This model in which the agent autonomously expresses the user’s emotions establishes effective interactions between agents and humans. This paper examines the psychological effect of a robot that is operated by the model of emotional expressions and the role of this effect in prompting collaborative learning.