Categorization-based stranger avoidance does not explain the uncanny valley effect

  title={Categorization-based stranger avoidance does not explain the uncanny valley effect},
  author={Karl F. MacDorman and Debaleena Chattopadhyay},
The uncanny valley hypothesis predicts that an entity appearing almost human risks eliciting cold, eerie feelings in viewers. Categorization-based stranger avoidance theory identifies the cause of this feeling as categorizing the entity into a novel category. This explanation is doubtful because stranger is not a novel category in adults; infants do not avoid strangers while the category stranger remains novel; infants old enough to fear strangers prefer photographs of strangers to those more… Expand
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