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I Want to See What You See: Babies Treat 'Social Robots' as Sentient Beings
October 14, 2010
Babies are curious about nearly everything, and they're especially interested in what their adult companions are doing. University of Washington researchers are studying how infants use social interactions to learn. But what makes something social for a baby? In the new issue of Neural Networks, researchers report that babies who watched a robot interact socially with people were more willing to learn from the robot than babies who did not see the interactions.
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