Could a Robot Have Emotions?


in Who Needs Emotions?

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166194
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847020 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Could a Robot Have                             Emotions?

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This chapter examines whether a robot could have emotions, from the theoretical perspectives of social cognitive neuroscience. It suggests that emotions and feelings should only be attributed to a system if it satisfies criteria in addition to mere behavioural duplication. It concludes that robots could certainly interact socially with humans within a restricted domain but correctly attributing emotions and feelings to them would require that robots are situated in the world and constituted internally in respects that are relevantly similar to humans.

Keywords: robots; emotions; social cognitive neuroscience; behavioural duplication; human interaction; feelings

Chapter.  7718 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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