Merel Keijsers

HITlab Human Interface Technology Lab NZ
University of Canterbury
Private bag 4800
Christchurch 8140 - New Zealand
phone: +64 3 369 2226



About me

In April 2017 I started my PhD on Robot bullying at the HITlab UC in Christchurch, New Zealand. Under the supervision of Christoph Bartneck and Friederike Eyssel, I have three years to figure out what psychological factors prompt people to bully robots. I got a double research masters degree (social & health psychology; methodology & statistics of the behavioural, biomedical and social sciences) from the University of Utrecht, as well as a bachelors degree in social psychology. I have conducted research projects on safe sex practices (2012) and support needs of teenage mothers (2012-2013) for the Dutch municipal health care services, as well as a project on the use of big data in the educational system for the University of Twente (2017).


Research Interests

- abuse in human-robot interaction
- robot perception and mind attribution
- biases and heuristics in human cognition



Keijsers, M., & Bartneck, C. (2018). Mindless Robots get Bullied. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 205-214). ACM.