While films, literature, and art have provided us with a rich depiction of the potential of robots, our understanding of actual interactions with robots remains limited. In this talk, I will explore not only how and when people form relationships with a robot but also how these new interactions shape distinct aspects of social cognition (for example, emotion, empathy, and Theory-of-Mind). Levering insights from socialising interventions, behavioural observations, inter-individual differences and neuroimaging, I will argue that the cognitive reconstruction within the human observer is likely to be far more crucial in shaping our interactions with robots that previously thought.