Scientists have pinpointed the prefrontal cortex and amygdalae as the brain regions responsible for some people’s aversion to robot.
This could be due to our sense of preservation—after all, humans tend to be very “us vs. them,” even with each other. So why would we react any differently to a perceived potential threat?
The Uncanny Valley Theory
Location, Location, Location
So where in the brain is the robotic fear epicenter? To answer this question, researchers used a functional MRI (fMRI), a noninvasive way to measure and map brain activity, that let them monitor the neural activity of volunteers who looked at a mix of photos showing robots and humans.