Somewhat related, I once took part in a psychological study which included interacting with a robot that had eyes and a mouth, and was named Phil. Participants were asked whether we thought Phil had feelings, whether Phil processed thoughts the same way we do, and so on.
At the end of the study we were told that some participants were asked about Phil, while others were asked about a robot that looked less "human" and that didn't have a human name. We were told that most participants responded to Phil as though he were a person, and thought he had feelings. Apparently I was an outlier, since I didn't think Phil had feelings or that he was a person. I'm not sure what this says about me. I also wonder if I would have treated the stick as just a stick, in spite of its movements.