The topography of the uncanny valley and individuals’ need for structure: A nonlinear mixed effects analysis

Lischetzke, Tanja ; Izydorczyk, David ; Hüller, Christina ; Appel, Markus

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Research in Personality
Volume: 68
Page range: 96-113
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 0092-6566 , 1095-7251
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduiertenkolleg "Statistical Modeling in Psychology" (SMiP)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Keywords (English): Androids , Eeriness , Human-robot interaction , Need for structure , Uncanny valley
Abstract: The uncanny valley hypothesis suggests that robots that closely resemble humans elicit feelings of eeriness. We focused on individual differences in the uncanny valley experience, which have been largely neglected to date. Using a mixed effects modelling approach, we tested whether individual differences in the need for structure predict uncanny valley sensitivity. Two experiments (Ns=226 and 336) with morphed stimuli confirmed the uncanny valley effect. A moderator effect of need for structure was found in Experiment 2, which used a fine-grained manipulation of human likeness, but not in Experiment 1, which used a 3-step manipulation. The results provide tentative evidence that individuals who respond negatively to a lack of structure show a more pronounced (“deeper”) uncanny valley effect.

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