Not far from human: people feel for robots

Researchers in Germany have found that people show similar neural activation when shown pictures of violence or affection inflicted on humans and robots.

However, participants had stronger emotional reactions to humans being abused than robots when only videos of violent behaviours were shown.

This research may help explain why some people love their phone as much (or more) than some of their friends.

Read more at University of Duisburg Essen