Measuring empathy for human and robot hand pain using electroencephalography

  title={Measuring empathy for human and robot hand pain using electroencephalography},
  author={Yutaka Suzuki and Lisa Galli and Ayaka Ikeda and Shoji Itakura and Michiteru Kitazaki},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
This study provides the first physiological evidence of humans' ability to empathize with robot pain and highlights the difference in empathy for humans and robots. We performed electroencephalography in 15 healthy adults who observed either human- or robot-hand pictures in painful or non-painful situations such as a finger cut by a knife. We found that the descending phase of the P3 component was larger for the painful stimuli than the non-painful stimuli, regardless of whether the hand… CONTINUE READING
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