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.


Next meeting

The Journal Club will be back on the road this October for The 2017 Fall Tour!

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, A. P., Chaminade, T., Ishiguro, H., Driver, J., & Frith, C. D. (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!

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