Natalia Reich-Stiebert, M.Ed.

CITEC Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction TechnologyNatalia Reich
Research building
Inspiration 1 / Zehlendorfer Damm 199
33619 Bielefeld


Room: 2.221
Phone: +49 (0)521 106-12133
Email: nreich'at'
Office hours: on appointment (via Email)


About me

Since February 2014, I am a PhD student in the ‘Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research’ group and I am a member of the CITEC Graduate School. I received my Bachelor and Master’s degree in Psychology and Romanic Philology (M.Ed.) from the TU Dortmund University.


Research interests 

  • Social robotics
  • Attitudes toward robots
  • Robots in education
  • Cooperative human-robot learning
  • Gender stereotypes and human-robot learning


PhD project

My PhD project focuses on the evaluation, acceptance, and applicability of robots in educational contexts. The primary purpose is to explore students’ and teachers’ – the future users of educational robots – attitudes regarding the prospect of having educational robots integrated into learning contexts. Moreover, my project aims at investigating effects of cooperative human-robot learning on the individuals’ motivational state, on objective criteria (e.g., learning performance), and on the subjective evaluation of the robot and the interaction. Particularly, my research project aims at investigating factors that are necessary for successful cooperative learning with educational robots. These include, among others, social interdependence with robots, robot embodiment, or the impact of gender stereotypes on learning with robots.


Media presence.

"The gender of robots". Is it important for a robot to have a male or female appearance? Researchers have found out that people tend to apply familiar clichés about gender roles to robots as well. Interview for DW Science, April 2017.




Summer semester 2015

  • Berühmte sozialpsychologische Experimente und Phänomene und ihre Umsetzung in Filmen (Seminar)