Living with Robots

Living with Robots

Emerging Issues on the Psychological and Social Implications of Robotics

1st Edition - November 30, 2019

Write a review

  • Editors: Richard Pak, Ewart de Visser, Ericka Rovira
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128156353
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128153673

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (EPub, Mobi, PDF)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


Living with Robots: Emerging Issues on the Psychological and Social Implications of Robotics focuses on the issues that come to bear when humans interact and collaborate with robots. The book dives deeply into critical factors that impact how individuals interact with robots at home, work and play. It includes topics ranging from robot anthropomorphic design, degree of autonomy, trust, individual differences and machine learning. While other books focus on engineering capabilities or the highly conceptual, philosophical issues of human-robot interaction, this resource tackles the human elements at play in these interactions, which are essential if humans and robots are to coexist and collaborate effectively. Authored by key psychology robotics researchers, the book limits its focus to specifically those robots who are intended to interact with people, including technology such as drones, self-driving cars, and humanoid robots. Forward-looking, the book examines robots not as the novelty they used to be, but rather the practical idea of robots participating in our everyday lives.

Key Features

  • Explores how individual differences in cognitive abilities and personality influence human-robot interaction
  • Examines the human response to robot autonomy
  • Includes tools and methods for the measurement of social emotion with robots
  • Delves into a broad range of domains - military, caregiving, toys, surgery, and more
  • Anticipates the issues we will encountering with robots in the next ten years
  • Foreword by Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted


Graduate students, researchers, academics and professionals in the areas of human factors, robotics, social psychology, and engineering psychology

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Maggie Jackson
    1. Transparent Interaction and Human-Robot Collaboration for Military Operations
    Shan G. Lakhmani, Julia L. Wright, Jessie Y.C. Chen
    2. On the Social Perception of Robots: Measurement, Moderation, and Implications
    Steven J. Stroessner
    3. Robotics to Support Aging in Place
    George Mois, Jenay M. Beer
    4. Kill Switch: The Evolution of Road Rage in an Increasingly AI Car Culture
    Julie Carpenter
    5. Development and Current State of Robotic Surgery
    Rana Pullatt, Benjamin L. White
    6. Regulating Safety-Critical Autonomous Systems: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
    M.L. Cummings, David Britton
    7. The Role of Consumer Robots in our Everyday Lives
    Heather C. Lum
    8. Principles of Evacuation Robots
    Alan R. Wagner
    9. Humans Interacting with Intelligent Machines: At the Crossroads of Symbiotic Teamwork
    Michael D. McNeese, Nathaniel J. McNeese

Product details

  • No. of pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: November 30, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128156353
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128153673

About the Editors

Richard Pak

Richard Pak is Associate Professor at Clemson University Department of Psychology. His research looks at how age-related changes in cognition affect people’s ability to use technology. He is the lab director of the Cognition, Aging, and Technology Lab at Clemson. He is author of the book Designing Displays for Older Adults (2010) and co-edits the Human Factors Blog (

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Ewart de Visser

Ewart J. de Visser is a senior human factors Scientist and director of human factors and UX research at Perceptronics Solutions Inc. He is the head of the TRUMAN Lab where he oversees studies on trust and automation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center (WERC), U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO United States

Ericka Rovira

Ericka Rovira is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Psychology Program, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Her current research interest lies in human automation interaction in complex domains. Specifically, her expertise lies in designing information and decision support tools taking into account the cognitive capabilities and limitations of human operators in complex environments.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Military Academy, West Point, USA

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "Living with Robots"