Social Robots

A European Research Council funded Social Neuroscience Research Project


The Social Robotics Journal Club

The goal of the Social Robots Journal Club is to discuss recent articles in the field of human-robot interaction (HRI). We will read and dissect papers from a wide range of HRI topics, from the perception of artificial agents, to the beliefs and experiences of human agents, to (non)shared neural representation mediating interaction with our robotic friends and much more. We discuss controversies, common ground and ultimately how the article contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of attributing socialness to artificial agents. Every week we will discuss one article in an informal setting. Attendees are encouraged to share their own opinions and perspective on the article. The journal club is open to everyone interested, staff and students. For more information please contact Ruud Hortensius.


The 2018 Spring Tour

Upcoming meetings

We’ll be shortly announcing the schedule for bigger, better, Glasgow Social Robotics meetings, including fabulous guest speakers! Watch this space.

The 2017 Summer Tour

June 23
Presenter: Malte
Article: Broadbent E(2017). Interactions With Robots: The Truths We Reveal About Ourselves. Annual Review of Psychology, 68:627–652.

June 30
Presenter: Veronica
Article: Wykowska A, Chaminade T, Cheng G (2016). Embodied artificial agents for understanding human social cognition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371:20150375.

July 7
Presenter: Felix
Article: Hamacher A, Bianchi-Berthouze N, Pipe AG & Eder K (2016). Believing in BERT: Using expressive communication to enhance trust and counteract operational error in physical Human-Robot Interaction. In 2016 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), (pp. 493-500) . IEEE.

July 14
Presenter: Te-Yi
Article: Lee KM, Jung Y, Kim J & Kim SR (2006). Are physically embodied social agents better than disembodied social agents?: The effects of physical embodiment, tactile interaction, and people's loneliness in human–robot interaction. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 64(10), 962-973.

July 21
Presenter: Ruud
Article: Özdem C et al (2016). Believing androids - fMRI activation in the right temporo-parietal junction is modulated by ascribing intentions to non-human agents. Social Neuroscience, 7, 1–12.

July 28
Presenter: Malte
Article: Aymerich-Franch L, Petit D, Ganesh G & Kheddar A (2016). The second me: seeing the real body during humanoid robot embodiment produces an illusion of bi-location. Consciousness and cognition, 46, 99-109.

August 4
Presenter: Te-Yi
Article: Saygin AP, Chaminade T, Ishiguro H, Driver J & Frith CD (2012). The thing that should not be: predictive coding and the uncanny valley in perceiving human and humanoid robot actions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7(4), 413–422.

August 11
Presenter: Everyone
Article: "Journal Club Extravagance Meeting" - Very short presentations by everyone on the articles everyone should know!

The 2017 Autumn Tour

October 11
Presenter: Ruud
Article: Mathur MB & Reichling DB (2016). Navigating a social world with robot partners: A quantitative cartography of the Uncanny Valley. Cognition, 146, 22-32.

October 18
Presenter: Elena
Article: Tanaka F, Cicourel A & Movellan JR (2007). Socialization between toddlers and robots at an early childhood education center. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(46), 17954-17958.

October 25
Presenter: Anna
Article: Nash K, Lea JM, Davies T & Yogeeswaran K (2017). The Bionic Blues: Robot Rejection Lowers Self-Esteem. Computers in Human Behavior.

November 1
Presenters: Ruud and Emily
Preprint: Hortensius R, Hekele F & Cross ES (2017, August 1). The perception of emotion in artificial agents. Retrieved from

November 8
Presenter: Katie
Article: Brscić D, Kidokoro H, Suehiro Y & Kanda T (2015). Escaping from children's abuse of social robots. In Proceedings of the tenth annual ACM/IEEE international conference on human-robot interaction (pp. 59-66). ACM

November 15
Presenter: Veronica
Article: Rosenthal-Von Der Pütten AM et al (2014). Investigations on empathy towards humans and robots using fMRI. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 201-212.

November 22
Presenter: Chahak
Article: Ferrari F, Paladino MP & Jetten J (2016). Blurring human–machine distinctions: anthropomorphic appearance in social robots as a threat to human distinctiveness. International Journal of Social Robotics, 8(2), 287-302.

November 29
Presenter: Karine and Adam
Article: Lee KM, Peng W, Jin SA & Yan C (2006). Can robots manifest personality?: An empirical test of personality recognition, social responses, and social presence in human–robot interaction. Journal of communication, 56(4), 754-772.

December 6
Presenter: Vasiliki and Tobias
Article: Aymerich-Franch L, Petit D, Ganesh G & Kheddar, A. (2017). Non-human Looking Robot Arms Induce Illusion of Embodiment. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1-12.

December 13
Presenter: Alex and Abdulla
Article: Kamide H & Arai T (2017). Perceived Comfortableness of Anthropomorphized Robots in US and Japan. International Journal of Social Robotics, 9:537-543.

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