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?


Robopsychology Lab


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Open Innovation Center


+43 732 2468 9446 9511

Opening 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 15.04.2020

Analogue Desire

Together with Gerald Bast and Markus Poschner, Martina Mara was a guest at the "JKU Coronavirus Update" series by Rector Meinhard Lukas.

News 16.03.2020

Remote Team

Motivated and confident, we now work from home. You can keep in touch with us by e-mail.

News 20.01.2020

Start of the new year

The LIT Robopsychology Lab has begun the year 2020 with a retreat. 

News 06.12.2019

Vienna Women's Prize awarded to Martina Mara

Martina Mara received the Vienna Women's Prize 2019 in the category "Digitisation".