Mississippi State University
Bethel, Cindy L.
Eakin, Deborah K.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The general public is being exposed to robots more often every day. This thesis focused on the advancement of research by analyzing whether or not the type of information provided by a robot determined the level of trust humans have for a robot. A study was conducted where the participants were asked to answer two different types of questions: mathematical/logical and ethical/social. The participants were divided into two different conditions: controlled and misinformed. A humanoid robot provided its own spoken answer after the participants said their answers. The participants then had the chance to select whose answers they would like to keep. During the misinformed condition, there were times when the robot purposely gave incorrect answers. The results of the study support the hypothesis that the participants were more likely to select the robot’s answers when the question type was mathematical/logical, whether the robot provided a correct or incorrect response.
Wuisan, Stephanie Julike, "Knowledge Domains Where Robots are Trusted" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 2904.