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Who Needs Emotions?The brain meets the robot$
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Jean-Marc Fellous and Michael A. Arbib

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166194.001.0001

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Could a Robot Have Emotions?

Could a Robot Have Emotions?

Theoretical Perspectives from Social Cognitive Neuroscience

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Who Needs 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

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