A neurocognitive investigation of the impact of socializing with a robot on empathy for pain.

@article{Cross2019ANI,
  title={A neurocognitive investigation of the impact of socializing with a robot on empathy for pain.},
  author={Emily S. Cross and Katie A. Riddoch and Jaydan Pratts and Simon Titone and Bishakha Chaudhury and Ruud Hortensius},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2019},
  volume={374 1771},
  pages={
          20180034
        }
}
To what extent can humans form social relationships with robots? In the present study, we combined functional neuroimaging with a robot socializing intervention to probe the flexibility of empathy, a core component of social relationships, towards robots. Twenty-six individuals underwent identical fMRI sessions before and after being issued a social robot to take home and interact with over the course of a week. While undergoing fMRI, participants observed videos of a human actor or a robot… CONTINUE READING
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