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

News & Events
News 27.09.2019

Job Opening

Graduate Teaching Assistant at the LIT Robopsychology Lab

News 23.09.2019

Martina Mara Nominated as “Austrian of the Year”

News 12.09.2019

New paper on uncanny "machines with a mind" 

appearing soon in Journal "Computers in Human Behavior"

News 09.09.2019

At the Ars Electronica Festival

In her talk at the conference panel "Humanizing AI" Martina Mara stood up for the need of diversity in tech development.