From self-driving cars to healthcare tools, robotics and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives. Consequently, understanding human cognitive and social intelligence is important now more than ever. In our lab, we investigate many aspects of human cognition in order to promote better systems designs and more fluid human-robot interaction. Some questions we ask include: What are some factors influencing people’s trust in an automated system? What are ethical concerns for designing a robot? How does one develop computational models of social intelligence to allow for natural human-robot interaction? Specifically, we take human experimentation methods and rigorous data analyses to investigate how people perceive, understand, and utilize robots and automated systems.