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Welcome to the LIT Robopsychology Lab!

The LIT Robopsychology Lab combines methods and expertise of psychology with current issues pertaining to artificial intelligence and robotics.

When it comes to research in psychology, human experience, perception, and behaviour are core subjects. On this basis, robotic psychology focuses on how humans experience intelligent machines, how they behave towards these intelligent machines, and how the needs of different groups of people can be taken into account when it comes to technology development.

Established in 2018, the JKU Robopsychology Lab at the Linz Institute of Technology currently conducts research under the direction of Prof. Martina Mara and focuses on, among other things, the following topics:

  • Why do machines that seem too human come across as "uncanny" to us and in what context is this truly the case?
  • Just how do people and robots interact in the workplace and what does it take to create trust?
  • How does an intelligent machine's comprehensibility and predictability relate to its users' sense of control and safety?
  • What effect do synthetic voices, such as Alexa and Siri, bring about and how important is it to be able to distinguish between human speakers and machine speakers?




Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


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+43 732 2468 9446 9511

Research Abstrakte Illustration eines Industrieroboterarms, der ein kleines Objekt an eine Person übergibt

Current Research Topics of the LIT Robopsychology Lab

About Prof. Mara Martina Mara and the robot Manoi PF01

Prof. Martina Mara


Methodical Approaches at the LIT Robopsychology Lab



Current Projects

CoBot Studio, ExoBility, How to Explain AI, DigitalWerk, ...

Me and the Machines Blick in den Ausstellungsbereich: Im Vordergrund ist ein orangener Industrieroboterarm in einer Glasvitrine zu sehen, im Hintergrund eine kleine Insel mit Moos und Zweigen.

Exhibition area at the Ars Electronica Center

News & Events

News 30.11.2023

PartWiss 23

The LIT Robopsychology Lab was represented by Kathrin Meyer and Thomas Meneweger at the conference on networking and strengthening participation in science at Chemnitz University of Technology.

News 13.10.2023

A Song All About AI

AI song by the LIT Robopsychology Lab & Blonder Engel! Get the audio, video, and lyrics here!

Mann mit Gitarre im erscheint hell angeleuchtet aus dem Nebel
Event 12.10.2023

"A Song All About AI” – but why?

Watch, listen, take in the whole experience! Spend an evening with the LIT Robopsychology Lab and singer-songwriter “Blonder Engel” to enjoy the premiere of the AI song and music video and talk about it with others afterwards. Refreshments and drinks included!

Mann mit Gitarre im erscheint hell angeleuchtet aus dem Nebel
News 26.09.2023

OIS zam: Forum 2023

On Fri 22nd September 2923 the LIT Robopsychology Lab was active at the OIS zam Forum of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft.