Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bethel, Cindy L.

Committee Member

Archibald, Christopher

Committee Member

Eakin, Deborah K.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

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.



human robot interaction||information source