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The robot made me do it: human–robot interaction and risk-taking behavior

The robot made me do it: human–robot interaction and risk-taking behavior
The robot made me do it: human–robot interaction and risk-taking behavior
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 either 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.
Human robot interaction, peer pressure, risk-taking, robot.
2152-2715
Hanoch, Yaniv
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Arvizzigno, Francesco
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Hernandez García, Daniel
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Denham, Sue
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Belpaeme, Tony
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Denham, Sue
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Belpaeme, Tony
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Hanoch, Yaniv, Arvizzigno, Francesco, Hernandez García, Daniel, Denham, Sue, Belpaeme, Tony and Gummerum, Michaela (2020) The robot made me do it: human–robot interaction and risk-taking behavior. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

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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 either 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 October 2020
Published date: 5 October 2020
Keywords: Human robot interaction, peer pressure, risk-taking, robot.

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Local EPrints ID: 444471
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444471
ISSN: 2152-2715
PURE UUID: f9286578-a5aa-46bc-82ac-05e8ff3571b2
ORCID for Yaniv Hanoch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9453-4588

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Date deposited: 20 Oct 2020 16:33
Last modified: 11 Mar 2022 05:09

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Author: Yaniv Hanoch ORCID iD
Author: Francesco Arvizzigno
Author: Daniel Hernandez García
Author: Sue Denham
Author: Tony Belpaeme
Author: Michaela Gummerum

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