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Robopsychology Experiment in Embarrassment

The influence of robot anthropomorphism on the feelings of embarrassment when interacting with robots

Medical human-machine interaction is tested in this robopsychology experiment, acted out for the video. A humanoid robot performs three increasingly intimate medical tests on a human patient who gets undressed and inserts a thermometer, then the subject fills out a questionnaire on embarrassment felt. Results found that patients were more embarrassed in front of the animated humanoid robot than a medical box.

Robopsychology Experiment in Embarrassment

Sandra Kiume

Sandra Kiume is a mental health advocate from Vancouver, Canada, and the founder of @unsuicide. Along with maintaining Channel N, she contributes to World of Psychology.

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Kiume, S. (2010). Robopsychology Experiment in Embarrassment. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


Last updated: 14 Oct 2010
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