From: Discovery News

Robot Reveals Why Humans Trust, and Don’t

Discovery News:

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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