Humans often make snap judgements about who to trust. Most people will say “I didn’t like the look of that person,” but what that means, exactly, has been elusive. Now a robot is helping to tease that out.
At Northeastern University, psychology professor David DeSteno wanted to see what was going on. Working with partners at MIT and Cornell University, he started by looking at what kinds of interactions make humans trust each other more. He had 86 Northeastern students conduct either a face-to-face conversation or a Web-based chat. The conversations were with people they didn’t know and lasted five minutes. The live conversations were recorded on video and classified according to how much fidgeting the two people did.
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