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The Robot Made Me Do It: Human-Robot Interaction and Risk-Taking Behavior.

Hanoch, Y., Arvizzigno, F., Hernandez García, D., Denham, S., Belpaeme, T. and Gummerum, M., 2021. The Robot Made Me Do It: Human-Robot Interaction and Risk-Taking Behavior. CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 24 (5), 337 - 342.

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DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2020.0148


Empirical evidence has shown that peer pressure can impact human risk-taking behavior. With robots becoming ever more present in a range of human settings, it is crucial to examine whether robots can have a similar impact. Using the balloon analogue risk task (BART), participants' risk-taking behavior was measured when alone, in the presence of a silent robot, or in the presence of a robot that actively encouraged risk-taking behavior. In the BART, shown to be a proxy for real risk-taking behavior, participants must weigh risk against potential payout. Our results reveal that participants who were encouraged by the robot did take more risks, while the mere presence of the robot in the robot control condition did not entice participants to show more risk-taking behavior. Our results point to both possible benefits and perils that robots might pose to human decision-making. Although increasing risk-taking behavior in some cases has obvious advantages, it could also have detrimental consequences that are only now starting to emerge.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:human–robot interaction ; peer pressure ; risk taking ; robot
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35760
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:12 Jul 2021 12:17
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:28


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