What do you think of robots?

What do you think of robots?

Morality and Development Lab (Emory University)

Who Can Participate

For 6- to 9-year-olds in the United States.

What Happens

This study will take place on a video call, live with a researcher! Clicking on the “Participate Now!” button will send you to an online calendar where you can select a date and time that works for you. Children will be introduced to four different robots and told some short stories about the robots. Then children will be asked to give their opinions about the robots and the short stories that involved them.

What We're Studying

Children consider many characteristics to make sense of their social world, one being others' minds. In this study, we will explore how children understand the minds of others and how it influences their opinion about moral actions, especially in the context of emerging technologies such as social robots. Understanding children’s intuitions about the minds of others in connection to morality can shed light on the origins and development of moral thought and its consequences for various kinds of entities (e.g., humans, robots, animals, etc.).


10 minutes


$5 Amazon.com gift card. You will be sent an Amazon.com gift card by email within 48 hours of participating in the study. To receive compensation, you must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: (1) You are located in the United States, (2) Your child falls within the age range indicated for this study, (3) Your child has not participated in this study before, (4) You provide valid written consent.

This study is conducted by Arber Tasimi (contact: emorymadlab@gmail.com)

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