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Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): According to a new study, humanlike robots could be could be beneficial and improve your focus on the task at hand, media reports said.
With the rising popularity of humanoid bots in our day-to-day lives, scientists are trying to understand how their presence affects our thinking and behavior.
For this 58 people a common test, by researchers to measure focus, and were shown a series of words printed in different colors.
Ths subjects were asked to identify the color, ignoring the word itself.
Their scores were determined by the speed with which they responded.
Subjects were asked to take the test twice, first alone.
During the second time, they were presented with a new set of words while being watched for by for 60% of their tasks, by a humanlike robot, who stood 1.5 meters.
Before taking the test the subjects were asked to acquaint themselves with the robot, asking it a series of prewritten questions.
The robot was programmed to respond with either friendly, positive answers (good robot), or abrasive, negative ones (bad robot).
Researchers reported in Science Robotics (Aug 15) that subjects who were exposed to the “bad” robot finished the test faster than when they were alone.
However, there was no increase in the speed of the group that interacted with the “good” robot.
The researchers concluded that this might be due to presence of the cranky robot which caused the subjects to have a raised state of alertness that improves their focus.
The same effects were revealed earlier with judgmental humans.
This is the first study to examine the phenomenon with robots.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)