The 2022-23 GYA Sasha Kagansky Interdisciplinary Grant was awarded to Natalia Kucirkova (University of Stavanger, Norway) and Arya Shalini Subash (Institute of Chemical Technology, India) for their project: Tracking Technology and Mealtime Conversations in Families.
The project will examine, from an interdisciplinary perspective, how mealtime conversations mediated by conversational agents influence a child’s language development and family communication, in India and in Norway. One aim is to understand the role of conversational agents in the process of children’s language and socialization development but also more broadly, the relationship between mealtime conversations and children’s language development over time.
Through this interdisciplinary collaboration, the researchers aim to generate cutting-edge pilot data that combines a focus on food and technology, with a focus on childhood development. The research on mealtime conversations using Alexa will also generate important insights relevant for equity and ethical design issues that are missing in the design of modern technologies such as Alexa.