Theresa Law

Theresa Law
Tufts University | Tufts · Department of Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy

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Hi! I'm Theresa, a PhD candidate at Tufts study human-robot interaction. I’m passionate about people, and what we can learn about them through our interactions with robots. When and why do we see behaviors that are the same or different when people interact with robots as opposed to other people or technology? What can we learn about people through these similarities and differences, and how can we use that knowledge to design robots that are maximally beneficial to people?
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As AI-enabled robots enter the realm of healthcare and caregiving, it is important to consider how they will address the dimensions of care and how they will interact not just with the direct receivers of assistance, but also with those who provide it (e.g., caregivers, healthcare providers, etc.). Caregiving in its best form addresses challenges i...
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As AI-enabled robots enter the realm of healthcare and caregiving, it is important to consider how they will address the dimensions of care and how they will interact not just with the direct receivers of assistance, but also with those who provide it (e.g., caregivers, healthcare providers etc.). Caregiving in its best form addresses challenges in...
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Potential applications of robots in private and public human spaces have prompted the design of so-called “social robots” that can interact with humans in social settings and potentially cause humans to attach to the robots. The focus of this paper is an analysis of possible benefits and challenges arising from such human-robot attachment as report...
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Attachment theory is a research area in psychology that has enjoyed decades of successful study, and has subsequently become explored in realms beyond that of the original infant-caregiver bonds. Now, attachment is studied in relation to pets, symbols (such as deities), objects, technologies, and notably for our purposes, robots. When we discuss at...
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The way that we move often carries emotional meaning that the people with whom we interact are adept at detecting. Humans treat the movements of robots similarly, attributing the same emotions when the robots move in ways that are analogous to emotionally-charged human movements. However, this HRI work has primarily been done on humanoid or animal-...
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As robots begin to occupy our social spaces, touch will increasingly become part of human–robot interactions. This paper examines the impact of observing a robot touch a human on trust in that robot. In three online studies, observers watched short videos of human–robot interactions and provided a series of judgments about the robot, which either d...
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Environmental psychology aims to study human behavior with regard to the environment and how psychological techniques can be used to motivate behavior change. We argue that these concepts can be applied to interactive robots designed for other tasks, which then enables them to encourage sustainability behaviors in humans. We first present a literat...
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Trust in human-robot interactions (HRI) is measured in two main ways: through subjective questionnaires and through behavioral tasks. To optimize measurements of trust through questionnaires, the field of HRI faces two challenges: the development of standardized measures that apply to a variety of robots with different capabilities, and the explora...
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As robots begin to enter roles in which they work closely with human teammates or peers, it is critical to understand how people trust them based on how they interpret the robot’s behavior. In this paper we investigated the interplay between trust in a robot and people’s perceptions of the robot’s emotional intelligence. We used a vignette-based me...
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Trust in human-robot interactions (HRI) is measured in two main ways: through subjective questionnaires and through behavioral tasks. To optimize measurements of trust through questionnaires, the field of HRI faces two challenges: the development of stan- dardized measures that apply to a variety of robots with different capabilities, and the explo...
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We present a survey of investigations of human trust in robots in the recent human-robot interaction literature. The included papers are all experimental HRI studies and were published in the years 2018 or 2019. We explore how trust is defined in these papers, as well as what types of questions about trust are investigated and how trust is being ob...
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In typical human interactions emotional states are communicated via a variety of modalities such as auditory (through speech), visual (through facial expressions) and kinesthetic (through gestures). However, one or more modalities might be compromised in some situations, as in the case of facial masking in Parkinson’s disease (PD). In these cases,...
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In typical human interactions emotional states are communicated via a variety of modalities such as auditory (through speech), visual (through facial expressions) and kinesthetic (through gestures). However, one or more modalities might be compromised in some situations , as in the case of facial masking in Parkinson's disease (PD). In these cases,...
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In typical human interactions emotional states are communicated via a variety of modalities such as auditory (through speech), visual (through facial expressions) and kinesthetic (through gestures). However, one or more modalities might be compromised in some situations , as in the case of facial masking in Parkinson's disease (PD). In these cases,...

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