Welcome to LIT Robopsychology Lab!

The LIT Robopsychology Lab combines methods and knowledge of psychology with current questions of artificial intelligence and robotics.

Human experience, perception and behaviour - these are central objects of psychological research. Based on this, robotic psychology deals with how humans experience intelligent machines, how they behave towards them and how the needs of different groups of people can be well taken into account in technology development.

The Robopsychology Lab at the Linz Institute of Technology at JKU, which has been in existence since 2018, is currently conducting research under the direction of Prof. Martina Mara into the following questions, among others:

  • Why are all too human machines often uncanny for us - and in which context is this particularly the case?
  • How does the interaction between humans and robots function at the workplace - and what does it take to create trust?
  • How do the comprehensibility and predictability of intelligent machines relate to their users' sense of control and safety?
  • What effect do synthetic voices like those of Alexa and Siri achieve - and how important is it to be able to distinguish between human and machine speaking partners?




Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Open Innovation Center


+43 732 2468 9446 9511

Office hours

Tue 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Wed 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thu 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

About the person

Prof. Martina Mara



News & Events
News 30.06.2021

Virtual Reality Study "CoBot Studio: Clean-Up"

The LIT Robopsychology Lab is starting its next VR study on human-robot collaboration.

News 08.03.2021

HRI 2021

The LIT Robopsychology Lab is represented with several contributions at the "ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction" this week.

News 07.12.2020

New to the LIT Robopsychology Lab

Benedikt Leichtmann joined the Robopsychology Lab team at the beginning of December. Welcome to the team!

News 12.10.2020

Discussion "Digital Humanism"

On October 19th, 2020, the event series "Transformation gestalten" starts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with a panel discussion on "Digital Humanism".