You, Robot

In Edouard Machery (ed.), Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 31-47 (2014)

Adam Arico
University of Alabama
How do people think about the mental states of robots? Experimental philosophers have developed various models aiming to specify the factors that drive people's attributions of mental states to robots. Here we report on a new experiment involving robots, the results of which tell against competing models. We advocate a view on which attributions of mental states to robots are driven by the same dual-process architecture that subserves attributions of mental states more generally. In support of this view, we leverage recent psychological research on human-robot interaction that involve ecologically-valid stimuli such as Roombas and humanoid robots.
Keywords Folk psychology  Robots  Agency Model  Dual-process cognition  Mental state attribution
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