Research Abstract


Physically interacting individuals estimate the partner’s goal to enhance their movements

2017年3月6日 Nature Human Behaviour 1 : 54 doi: 10.1038/s41562-017-0054 (2017)


Atsushi Takagi, Gowrishankar Ganesh, Toshinori Yoshioka, Mitsuo Kawato & Etienne Burdet

Corresponding Authors


Etienne Burdet

From a parent helping to guide their child during their first steps, to a therapist supporting a patient, physical assistance enabled by haptic interaction is a fundamental modus for improving motor abilities. However, what movement information is exchanged between partners during haptic interaction, and how this information is used to coordinate and assist others, remains unclear. Here, we propose a model in which haptic information, provided by touch and proprioception, enables interacting individuals to estimate the partner’s movement goal and use it to improve their own motor performance. We use an empirical physical interaction task to show that our model can explain human behaviours better than existing models of interaction in literature. Furthermore, we experimentally verify our model by embodying it in a robot partner and checking that it induces the same improvements in motor performance and learning in a human individual as interacting with a human partner. These results promise collaborative robots that provide human-like assistance, and suggest that movement goal exchange is the key to physical assistance.