The work of INSTANCE is distributed across four Work Packages (WP), each WP addressing a different set of factors influencing the adoption of the intentional stance and social attunement.
Identifying human-like characteristics of behavior
WP1 focuses on how several generic (non-social) behavioral characteristics that make a given behavior appear human-like might facilitate adopting the intentional stance towards a robot.
Inferring communicate intentions from observed behaviorWP2 investigates the degree of social attunement dependent on the types of intentions that are read out from the observed behavior. Here we are centered on inferring communicative intentions from social gestures.
The impact of culture on mind attribution and social attunementWe will use the same robot with identical behavioral characteristics in Asia and Europe to examine the sole impact of culture on the attribution of mind.
Familiarity and experience with robots and the likelihood of adopting the intentional stanceThis work package aims at answering the question of whether the probability of adopting the intentional stance changes with the familiarity with robots.