Company from the Uncanny Valley: A Psychological Perspective on Social Robots, Anthropomorphism and the Introduction of Robots to Society

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Janina Luise Samuel


There are many issues surrounding the introduction of social robots into society, including concerns about how they may be used to replace true social interaction in personal life, dehumanise formerly social occupations such as elderly care, and be perceived as more human than they actually are. This paper shall present a psychological perspective on the human reception of social robots and apply the gathered information to address these concerns.


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Samuel, J. L. (2019). Company from the Uncanny Valley: A Psychological Perspective on Social Robots, Anthropomorphism and the Introduction of Robots to Society. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(2), 8-26.
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Janina Luise Samuel, University of Stirling

Janina Luise Samuel – BSc (Hons) Psychology student at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Her areas of interest include cognitive biases, psychological effects of narratives and intercultural communication as well as studies of psychological effects of stigma and inequality. Currently explored topics include anthropomorphism and robot psychology and cognitive effects of fiction.


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