Organizational Behavior Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Organizational Behavior Research Seminar


Adam Waytz, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Everyday life is increasingly humanless, with robotic technology replacing human jobs and performing tasks previously reserved for humans. This talk will explore the psychological implications of this shift toward an automated world. An initial line of work examines how the use of online technology influences are capacity for empathy. Another line of work explores people’s responses to the self-driving car, examining the relationship between anthropomorphism and trust as well as ascribing moral blame. A separate line of work examines people’s responses to robot outsourcing (botsourcing), determining factors that contribute to people’s discomfort with automation and uncovering strategies to mitigate this discomfort. A final, related line of work examines the relationship between people’s concerns about automation and their prejudice toward immigrants. Together, this research suggests the importance of considering the psychological consequences of automation alongside its economic and technological consequences.

Adam Waytz

Adam Waytz is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations. His research uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the causes and consequences of perceiving mental states in other agents and to investigate processes related to social influence, social connection, meaning-making, and ethics. Professor Waytz's research has been published in leading journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Review. In recognition of his work, Professor Waytz received the 2008 and 2013 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the SAGE Foundation Young Scholar Award, and the International Social Cognition Network's Early Career Award. Professor Waytz received his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, his PhD in social psychology from the University of Chicago, and received a National Service Research Award from the National Institute of Health to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Contact Information:
Lila Robinson
Dept. Administrator, Organizational Behavior

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Room 203 Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Adam Waytz, PhD, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern
Sponsored by: Organizational Behavior Department


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