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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


Open Innovation Center


+43 732 2468 9446 9511

Office Hours

Tues: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thurs: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM


Current Research Topics of the LIT Robopsychology Lab

About Prof. Mara

Prof. Martina Mara


Methodical Approaches at 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.