“Curious Minds” is back for our 4th season! The last three season have had a great reception both from our audiences and from our speakers. In fact, several of our guest speakers have commented that Curious Minds is the best community-based Science Lecture series in Scotland!! This year, we have another stellar cast of guests from Universities and Research labs all over the country. From micro-biology to asteroid mining via children’s fashion and the enduring mystery of consciousness – we have something to stimulate everyone’s intellectual curiosity.
From Social Cognition to Social Robots
Understanding how we perceive and interact with others is a core challenge of social cognition research. This challenge is poised to intensify in importance as the ubiquity of artificial intelligence and the presence of humanoid robots in society grows. In this talk, I review recent evidence from psychology and neuroscience studies that aim to provide deeper insights into how people perceive, interact with, and form relationships with robots. Not only does this work highlight how robots might become part of our everyday lives in the future, but it also reveals fundamental insights about human social cognition more generally.