Getting in Touch: How imagined, actual, and physical contact affect evaluations of robots

  title={Getting in Touch: How imagined, actual, and physical contact affect evaluations of robots},
  author={Ricarda Wullenkord and Marlena R. Fraune and Friederike Eyssel and Selma {\vS}abanovi{\'c}},
  journal={2016 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)},
Although it is widely accepted that robots will be used in everyday contexts in near future, many people feel anxious and hold negative attitudes toward robots. [] Key Result Results showed that nearly any type of contact effectively reduced negative emotions compared to the control condition. However, for participants with preexisting negative emotions toward robots, contact sometimes produced more negative attitudes. We discuss these findings and the resulting implications for future research.

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