Robotic Romance Psychology Behind Artificial Love

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Megan Lu


Emma was straight out of am o v i egorgeous blonde hair, beautiful blue eyes, always smiling. Her intellect astounded everyone around her, knowing numerous languages and always knowing the answer to every question. So, it doesn't seem surprising when Geof Gallagher completely fell in love with her. Each night, he and Emma would read the newspaper, watch a show, or have a deep conversation about everything and anything. When Geoff was finally ready for bed, all he had to do was remember to plug Emma in so she could recharge for the next day. He couldn't be happier with his robot "wife" (Bell, 2020).

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Megan Lu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Megan Lu is a sophomore majoring in Brain & Cognitive Science with a minor in Health Administration and Business. She is involved in various RSOs on campus, including TEDxUIUC and Alpha Epsilon Delta (a pre-health fraternity), and is currently doing research with the Illinois Alternative Protein Project. In her free time, Megan spends most of her time at the gym working out, cooking new recipes, or listening to true crime podcasts. She hopes to deepen her understanding and appreciation of the brain through writing with Brain Matters.