The uncanny valley phenomenon has been studied for many years.
Malafouris’ work highlights the psychological implications of the things that fill our world.
Knight, Agnihotri, Chan, and Hedaoo determined that we can correctly infer a robot’s personality based on the way that it moves.
Coskun, Kaner, and Bostan interviewed people living in different types of households (alone or with family members, in one income or dual income families, etc.) who were classified as likely to be relatively early users of smart home technologies.
Pelowski and his team reviewed “factors that could influence our interactions with museum-based art.”
Faces are "faces"
Owned objects get conversations started, and that’s generally a good thing.
Rozenkrants, Wheeler, and Shiv studied how humans convey information about themselves through the products they choose.
Speer and Delgado report that thinking about happy memories enhances wellbeing when people are stressed.
It seems that acquiring things can indeed make us happy, as long as the new items align with our personality.