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Smart Robots: How perspective taking and social skills of a humanoid robot affect human’s perception of its social intelligence

Leiterin: Dr. Doris Pischedda, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Institutionelle Anbindung der X-Student Research Group: Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Although advanced social robots are being increasingly used in everyday life, their behavior may still appear artificial. What makes people perceive robots as intelligent and human-like? This X-Student Research Group explores the effect that different features of the robot‘s behavior and its social skills have on human’s attribution of social intelligence to robots. We will conduct experiments where the robot’s skills (e.g., its ability to take the other’s perspective) are manipulated to assess how this affects people’s judgment of the robot’s social intelligence. This project targets Master’s students in the fields of Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science or Philosophy of Mind. Bachelor’s students in their final year who are trained in methodology and basic research methods or in programming are also eligible.

Kontakt: doris.pischedda@charite.de