Interactions With Robots:The Truths We RevealAbout OurselvesElizabeth BroadbentDepartment of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The Universityof Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand; email: [email protected]Annu. Rev. Psychol. 2017. 68:627–52First published online as a Review in Advance onSeptember 14, 2016TheAnnual Review of Psychologyis online atpsych.annualreviews.orgThis article’s doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-010416-043958Copyright c 2017 by Annual Reviews.All rights reservedKeywordshuman–robot interaction, uncanny valley, mind perception,anthropomorphismAbstractIn movies, robots are often extremely humanlike. Although these robots arenot yet reality, robots are currently being used in healthcare, education, andbusiness. Robots provide benefits such as relieving loneliness and enablingcommunication. Engineers are trying to build robots that look and behavelike humans and thus need comprehensive knowledge not only of technologybut also of human cognition, emotion, and behavior. This need is drivingengineers to study human behavior toward other humans and toward robots,leading to greater understanding of how humans think, feel, and behavein these contexts, including our tendencies for mindless social behaviors,anthropomorphism, uncanny feelings toward robots, and the formation ofemotional attachments. However, in considering the increased use of robots,many people have concerns about deception, privacy, job loss, safety, andthe loss of human relationships. Human–robot interaction is a fascinatingfield and one in which psychologists have much to contribute, both to thedevelopment of robots and to the study of human behavior.627Click here to view this article'sonline features:• Download figures as PPT slides• Navigate linked references• Download citations• Explore related articles• Search keywordsANNUAL REVIEWSFurtherAnnu. Rev. Psychol. 2017.68:627-652. Downloaded from annualreviews.orgAccess provided by Bangor University on 02/10/17. For personal use only.