room: 317
office hours: online, appointment by email

Research grants

  • Patients and agents: Perception of artificial entities’ minds in moral interactions

Aleksandra Świderska, PhD

Senior assistant


  • human-robot interactions
  • attitides towards AI
  • ethical aspects of new technologies
  • moral status of objects and animals

Selected recent publications

  • Küster, D., & Swiderska, A. (2021). Seeing the mind of robots: Harm augments mind perception but benevolent intentions reduce dehumanisation of artificial entities in visual vignettes. International Journal of Psychology.

  • Swiderska, A., & Küster, D. (2020). Robots as malevolent moral agents: Harmful behavior results in dehumanization, not anthropomorphism. Cognitive Science, 44(2020), e12872.

  • Küster, D., Swiderska, A., & Gunkel, D. (2020). I saw it on YouTube! How online videos shape perceptions of mind, morality, and fears about robots. New Media & Society. Advanced online publication.

  • Swiderska, A., Krumhuber, E. G., & Kappas, A. (2019). Behavioral and physiological responses to computers in the ultimatum game. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 15(1), 33-45.

  • Swiderska, A., & Küster, D. (2018). Avatars in pain: Visible harm enhances mind perception in humans and robots. Perception, 47(12), 1139-1152.