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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


Current Research Topics of the LIT Robopsychology Lab

About the person

Prof. Martina Mara


Methodical approaches of the LIT Robopsychology Lab

New master's degree

Master's Degree in Psychology with specialization in Technology and Economy



Current projects

CoBot Studio, JO - JKU's Interactive Robocar and Speculative Visions of AI

News & Events

News 19.04.2022

CoBot Studio: Clean-Up – Deep Space Edition

The LIT Robopsychology Lab's next study is hosted in a fascinating underwater scenario at the Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center Linz.

News 20.09.2021

Quo vadis, human-robot interaction?

The LIT Robopsychology Lab is represented with a symposium at the 12th Congress for Work, Organizational, and Economic Psychology and Human Factors 2021.

News 31.08.2021

Events by the LIT Robopsychology Lab during the Ars Electronica Festival 2021

In addition to the interactive exhibition area "DEMYSTIFY AI!", the LIT Robopsychology Lab leads panel discussions about the digital gender divide and the public communication of AI at the new "Circus of Knowledge".

News 30.08.2021


Join the LIT Robopsychology at the Ars Electronica Festival to look behind myths and misconceptions about artificial intelligence.