The Social Cognition in Human-Robot Interaction (S4HRI) research line at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) applies methods from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to human-robot interaction studies. With this approach, we maintain excellent experimental control, without losing ecological validity and generalisability, and thus we can provide reliable results informing about robot design that best evokes mechanisms of social cognition in the human interaction partner.
This workshop focuses on research in HRI using objective measures from social and cognitive neuroscience to provide guidelines for the design of robots well-tailored to the workings of the human brain. The aim is to present results from experimental studies in which human behavior and brain activity are measured during interactive protocols with robots. Discussion will focus on means to improve replicability and generalizability of experimental results in HRI.