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

Office 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 08.09.2020

Virtual Reality Study "CoBot Studio VR"

Participate in our study on human robot collaboration!

News 05.09.2020

Robots Talking to Me

Vom 11.-13.9.2020 präsentieren wir beim Ars Electronica Festival unsere Forschungsthemen und -projekte. Virtual-Reality und Exoskelette zum Ausprobieren inklusive!

From September 11 to 13, 2020, we present our  research topics and projects at the Ars Electronica Festival. Including Virtual Reality and exosceletons to try out for yourself!

News 01.09.2020

Ars Electronica Festival 2020

We are part of it! This video gives a preview of our exhibition area "Robots Talking to Me".

News 24.08.2020

PREMIERE: "Gegenwartszimmer"

On September 1st, 2020, Martina Mara is guest in the first edition of Norbert Trawöger's "Gegenwartszimmer".