Social Robots

A European Research Council funded Social Neuroscience Research Project

 

Ongoing research

The Social Robots Team proudly presents the exciting research taking place in the lab! Below you can find a short description of ongoing research and the current stage of the project. If you want to know more please contact one of the researchers involved. Please check back for future updates.

 
 
 An emotional WE-4RII from Itoh et al. 2004

An emotional WE-4RII from Itoh et al. 2004

Perception of emotion in artificial agents

In this review article, Ruud, Felix and Emily discuss how humans perceive and react to emotions expressed by robots and other artificial agents. You can read the pre-print at PsyArXiv using the link below.

 
 
 Ready, set, go!

Ready, set, go!

Playing against an angry robot

Together with Te-Yi and Veronica, Felix and Emily explore whether participants are changing their behaviour in response to a social robot expressing sad or angry emotions in a competitive Go/No-Go task.

 
 
 Motion capture of human movement

Motion capture of human movement

Automatic imitation during human-robot interaction

In this project, Ruud and Emily with help of Malte, investigate the factors within the human and artificial agent that determine automatic imitation, the copying of observed actions, during an interaction with artificial agents.

 
 
 
 Integrating different fields

Integrating different fields

From automata to animate beings

Why do we at one time perceive a robot as merely an automaton, while at other times as an engaging social  being? In this review paper Ruud and Emily explore the scope and limits of attributing socialness to artificial agents.

 
 
 
 Humans and robots working together

Humans and robots working together

Positive human-robot interaction

With robots being used more and more in workplace environments, Anna, Bish and Emily  are interested in which factors contribute to positive and social human-robot interactions. 

 
 
 Investigating the flexibility of empathy

Investigating the flexibility of empathy

Empathy and human-robot interaction

To what extend do we feel empathy for a robot? How does interaction with a robot shape these feelings of empathy? In this fMRI project, Katie, Ruud and Emily together with MSc students Jaydan and Simon investigate the flexibility of empathy at the brain and behavioural level.



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