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Circling Around the Uncanny Valley: Design Principles for Research Into the Relation Between Human Likeness and Eeriness

Lay, Stephanie; Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham and Pollick, Frank (2016). Circling Around the Uncanny Valley: Design Principles for Research Into the Relation Between Human Likeness and Eeriness. i-Perception, 7(6) pp. 1–11.

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Abstract

The uncanny valley effect (UVE) is a negative emotional response experienced when encountering entities that appear almost human. Research on the UVE typically investigates individual, or collections of, near human entities but may be prone to methodological circularity unless the properties that give rise to the emotional response are appropriately defined and quantified.
In addition, many studies do not sufficiently control the variation in human likeness portrayed in stimulus images, meaning that the nature of stimuli that elicit the UVE is also not well defined or quantified. This article describes design criteria for UVE research to overcome the above problems by measuring three variables (human likeness, eeriness, and emotional response) and by using stimuli spanning the artificial to human continuum. These criteria allow results to be
plotted and compared with the hypothesized uncanny valley curve and any effect observed can be quantified. The above criteria were applied to the methods used in a subset of existing UVE studies. Although many studies made use of some of the necessary measurements and controls, few used them all. The UVE is discussed in relation to this result and research methodology more
broadly.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author(s)
ISSN: 2041-6695
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University
Keywords: uncanny valley; circularity; research methods; human likeness; eeriness
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Quality Enhancement & Learning Analytics
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)
Item ID: 47977
Depositing User: Stephanie Lay
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 15:37
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 12:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/47977
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