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Humanizing Computer Aids Affects Trust And Dependence

Computerized aids that include person-like characteristics can influence trust and dependence among adults, according to a Clemson University researcher. A recently published study by Clemson University psychology associate professor Richard Pak examined how decision-making would be affected by a human-like aid.

Pak’s research findings have revealed that the inclusion of an image of a person can significantly alter perceptions of a computerized aid when there is no difference in the aid’s reliability or presentation of information.

“Humanlike computer aids provide a reduced decision-making reaction time for adults,” said Pak. “A plausible explanation is that the increase in trust led to an increased dependence on the aid, which led to faster performance.”

via Humanizing Computer Aids Affects Trust, Dependence.

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This entry was posted on July 22, 2012 by in Apps, Ethics & Policy, Health, Science, VIDEO and tagged , , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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