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Special topics of Cognitive Psychology 2



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Seit WS 2021/22

Fakultät V

MAR 3-2

Institut für Psychologie und Arbeitswissenschaft

35321100 FG Kognitionspsychologie und Kognitive Ergonomie

Wiese, Eva

Wiese, Eva

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POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2348863 41168 Special topics of Cognitive Psychology 2
2345716 36129 Special topics of Cognitive Psychology 2

Learning Outcomes

The goal of the seminar is to introduce students to contemporary approaches in social robotics, that is: how to design and evaluate robots that trigger humanlike social interaction patterns (e.g., displaying emotions, turn-taking), are intuitive to interact with and active brain areas that are also activated during human-human interactions. During the course, we will discuss the psychological and neurophysiological basics underlying social interactions (human-human and human-robot), with a focus on mind perception, mentalizing, action understanding, joint action and trust. The course also covers common application areas for social robots, such as health care, education and home assistance. The successful completion of this course will allow students to: 1) be able to evaluate publications in the field of human-robot interaction, 2) understand the main insights and challenges in human-robot interaction, 3) understand the most important social-cognitive and neurophysiological principles underlying social interactions, 4) be able to select appropriate measures and paradigms to examine human-robot interaction, 5) know effective principles to design artificially intelligent social agents, and 6) formulate their own research proposal for a potential study in the field of human-robot interaction.


Basics: Definition of social robotics; classification systems used to categorize social robots; social neuroscience of social interactions; psychological basis of social perception, interaction and action; discussion of core paradigms and measurement tools in human-robot interaction; challenges in human-robot interaction; design principles for social robots; basics of human-robot teaming, trust and trust calibration in human-robot interaction. Application: Use of and challenges associated with social robots in: health and elderly care, therapy and education and everyday environments.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Social-cognitive aspects of human-robot interaction SEM 50067 k.A. English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Social-cognitive aspects of human-robot interaction (SEM):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 8.0h 120.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The seminar is designed as an integrated event, during which different teaching / learning forms will be used. The basic content is primarily conveyed through presentations by the instructor. Specific aspects of human-robot interaction will be covered both via student presentations, as well as through discussions of current international publications.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:


Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Presentation 30 flexible 45-minute presentation of a scientific paper
Research Proposal 70 flexible see below

Grading scale

This exam uses its own grading scale (see test description).

Test description (Module completion)

The portfolio exam consists of two parts: 1) a 45-minute presentation of a scientific paper on human-robot interaction; 2) a research proposal outlining the empiricial investigation of an outstanding question in human-robot interaction. The module grade then consists to 30% of the evaluation of the oral presentation and to 70% of the evaluation of the research proposal (about 5 pages). The module can be taken as “non-graded” or “graded” (version must be bindingly and irrevocably determined when registering for the exam). grades: 1,0: 100 - 95 % 1,3: 94,99 - 90 % 1,7: 89,99 - 85 % 2,0: 84,99 - 80 % 2,3: 79,99 - 75 % 2,7: 74,99 - 70 % 3,0: 69,99 - 65 % 3,3: 64,99 - 60 % 3,7: 59,99 - 55 %

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 20.

Registration Procedures

Registration with name, Matrikel und study course via email at:

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is not used in any degree program.


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