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Trusting technology : An exploratory study on the influence of trust on memory

Genée, M.C. (2020) Trusting technology : An exploratory study on the influence of trust on memory.

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Abstract:This exploratory study investigates differences in people’s detection ability of untrustworthy and trustworthy devices as well as other stimuli and if memory ability and predisposition to trust technology influences this. The data of 83 participants was collected, who viewed pictures of faces, scenes and devices taken from standardised databases and filled out the McKnight Trust in Technology scale. Using signal detection theory, the ability of participants to discriminate among target stimuli and new stimuli was calculated. The resulting discriminability indexes (d’) of all stimuli and type of stimuli were used to establish detector groups, which categorised participants as either better detectors of trustworthy or untrustworthy stimuli. Results showed that the ability to recognise stimuli was influenced by memory ability, though no substantial difference in people’s ability to recognise either untrustworthy and trustworthy stimuli was found. Moreover, no influence of the level of trust in technology in the detection groups was found. However, a tendency seems to be evident between the general level of trust in technology and the ability to better recognise untrustworthy devices.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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