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An Exploratory Study on Recognition of Untrustworthy Devices

Agud Morera, Jaume (2021) An Exploratory Study on Recognition of Untrustworthy Devices.

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Abstract:People seem to rely on appearance as an indicator of trustworthiness. Previous research showed that people can remember images of untrustworthy people better than images of trustworthy people, suggesting people’s capacity to recognize what not to trust. Whether the same effect occurs with other visual stimuli, such as images of devices or scenes, is unexplored. This research aimed to explore whether there is a difference in remembering trustworthy or untrustworthy stimuli after being exposed to pictures of faces, devices, and scenes. Through a memory experiment, both the differences in memory as well as the underlying individual factors affecting memory performance were explored. The approach of Verplaetse et al. (2007), who studied the memory advantage for faces of cheaters using a memory task, was applied, expecting an enhanced memory towards pictures of untrustworthy stimuli. A memory test was carried out in which a total of sixty images (mixing faces, scenes, and devices, both trustworthy and untrustworthy) were shown twice, with a thirty-minute break, to a total of thirty participants. Each image was previously classified as trustworthy or untrustworthy, and participants were unaware of this categorization. The results showed no differences in remembering trustworthy or untrustworthy stimuli. Also, none of the personality factors analysed (Technology Acceptance, Geekism and Trust Score) was correlated to memory recognition. This outcome suggests that people cannot predict how trustworthy a device is based on appearance and adds some recommendations for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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