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Leave it up to a robot - We predict that the future will reveal a world filled with robots, and there are all kinds of them out there already. How do you teach someone to trust, especially someone who has been emotionally "burned" in the past? You get them a "trust robot."

Researchers want to learn how humans decide to trust strangers, and if those decisions are accurate, by examining how nonverbal cues and gestures may affect our trustworthiness judgments. Psychologist David DeSteno says, "Trust might not be determined by one isolated gesture, but rather a 'dance' that happens between the strangers, which leads them to trust or not trust the other. People tend to mimic each other's body language, which might help them develop intuitions about what other people are feeling--intuitions about whether they

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