Accession Number : ADA133438

Title :   The Human Side of Robotics: Results from a Prototype Study on How Workers React to a Robot.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Argote,Linda ; Goodman,Paul S ; Schkade,David

PDF Url : ADA133438

Report Date : May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : This study examines workers' reactions to the introduction of robots in a factory. The study focuses on understanding workers' psychological reactions to this new technology and to the manner in which it was introduced. Workers reported that both advantages (lower fatigue) and disadvantages (increased downtime) were associated with the introduction of the robot. Over time, workers' beliefs about robots became more complex and pessimistic. Production operators' jobs, as well as their interaction patterns with other production and support workers changed with the introduction of the robot. Consequences of these changes for increases in job stress are examined. A set of strategies for introducing robots in the factory is discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Robots, *Man machine systems, *Attitudes(Psychology), *Acceptability, Reaction(Psychology), Robotics, Social psychology, Performance(Human), Productivity, Job analysis, Job satisfaction, Industrial production, Operational effectiveness, Human resources, Resource management, Surveys

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE