Social cognition in the age of robots and algorithms

Our research aims to understand human social cognition during real interactions with humans, robots and AI. While films, literature, and art have provided us with a rich depiction of the potential of robots and ai, our understanding of actual interactions with these new technologies remains limited. We not only explore how and when people form relationships with these new artificial intelligent technologies but also how these new interactions shape distinct aspects of social cognition (for example, emotion, reward, empathy, trust, social learning).

To map these changes in behaviour and brain, we use:

Functional convergence of cognitive factors driving socialness attribution to artificial agents within the Theory‐of‐Mind network.
From Hortensius & Cross 2018

Current focuses

A research approach to get human-robot interactions out of the lab into the wild using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.
From Henschel, Hortensius & Cross 2020

Open Science Statement

We are extremely lucky to explore new and exciting scientific questions on the dynamics of human social cognition. We can dive into the unknowns, provide new takes, re-establish foundations, and uncover new terrain. When doing so, we need to work together in an open and transparent manner. We adopt an open science approach and embrace preregistration, share our data, code, and materials, use open access publishing and preprints, and use contributor roles taxonomy to give credit during projects.