Aziz Abubshait

Aziz Abubshait

Aziz Abubshait

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mind perception, human-robot interaction, social cognition

Aziz is a PhD student in Social and Cognitive Interactions lab. He is interested in researching human-robot social interactions. The studies that he's involved in investigate behaviors that cause people to perceive mind to nonhuman agents. He is also interested in better understanding the neural mechanisms of mind perception.

Selected Publications

Wiese, E., Abubshait, A., Azarian, B., & Blumberg, E. J. (2019) orienting to gaze cues. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B, 3174(1771), 20180430.

de Visser, E. J., Beatty, P. J., Estepp, J. R., Kohn, S., Abubshait, A., Fedota, J. R., & McDonald, C. G. (2018). Learning from the slips of others: Neural correlates of trust in automated agents. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12.

Wiese, E., Buzzell, A. G., Abubshait, A., & Beatty, P. J. (2018) Seeing minds in others: Mind perception modulates low-level social-cognitive performance and relates to ventromedial prefrontal structures. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-20.

Abubshait, A., Momen, A., & Wiese, E. (2017, September). Seeing human: Do individual differences modulate the Uncanny Valley?. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 870-874). Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.

Abubshait, A., & Wiese, E. (2017). You look human, but act like a machine: Agent appearance and behavior modulate different aspects of human-robot interaction. Frontiers in Psychology. 8(1393).

Recent Presentations

Abubshait, A., Beatty, P., McDonald, C., Hassall, C., Krigolson, O., & Wiese, E. (2019). I’m so happy for you! Familiarity influences a neural index of reward to other’s outcomes in a gambling task. Can social interaction affect Reward-Positivity? Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS), Miami, FL, USA.

Abubshait, A., Buzzell, G. A., Beatty, P. J., & Wiese, E. (2017) Seeing minds in others: Activation of left temporoparietal junction during mentalizing is directly related to performance in social interactions. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society conference, San Fransisco, CA.