Meet Nexi. How do you feel about Nexi? Would you loan Nexi money? It turns out, sci­en­tists can change that per­cep­tion by making subtle cues to Nexi’s robotic face.

A study from researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity (to be pub­lished in the journal Psy­cho­log­ical Sci­ence) dis­cov­ered that there are a dis­tinct set of cues–including touching the hands and face, leaning away, and crossing arms-​​that make a person seem untrust­worthy. They fig­ured this out not just by observing human to human inter­ac­tions, but by looking at how humans interact with a friendly faced robot called Nexi.

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