Dr. Francesco Ferrari

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


Room: 2.220
Phone: +49 (0)521 106-12042
Email: fferrari@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de
Office hours: on appointment (via Email)



About me

Since February 2016, I am a post-doctoral researcher in the ‘Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research' group at the Center of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). I earned my Master Degree in Social Psychology from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2011, and I completed my PhD in Psychological Science and Education at the University of Trento (Italy) in December 2015.


Research interests

My research topic focuses on (cognitive and social) psychological processes in observing and interacting with social robots. Specifically I am interested in:

  • Effects of anthropomorphic appearance in social robotics
  • Social ostracism toward human and non-human agents
  • Intergroup relations and conflicts
  • Anthropomorphism and dehumanization
  • Cognitive conflicts during categorization process



Peer-reviewed publications

Ferrari, F. & Eyssel, F. (2016). Toward a hybrid society: the transformation of robots, from objects to social agents. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2016), 909-919.

Ferrari, F., Paladino M.P, & Jetten, J. (2016). Blurring human-machine distinctions: Anthropomorphic appearance in social robotics as a threat to human distinctiveness. International Journal of Social Robotics, 8, (2), pp 287-302. DOI: 10.1007/s12369-016-0338-y.

Publications without peer-review

Ferrari, F. (2015). Robot: Da schiavi senz’anima a s-oggetti sociali. Officina. Online bimonthly of Architecture and Technology, IUAV. 6, pp. 8 – 13. https://issuu.com/officina-artec/docs/officina_06/10


Scientific presentations

Ferrari, F., & Eyssel, F. (2016, November). Toward a Hybrid Society: The transformation of robots, from objects to social agents. 8th International Conference on Social Robotics, Kansas City, USA.

Ferrari, F. (2015, July). Fear of Social Robots: Anthropomorphic Appearance as a Threat to Human Distinctiveness and Identity. 14th European Congress of Psychology, Symposium: Social Robots as Outgroup: social and cognitive processes in relations to social robots, Milan, Italy.

Ferrari, F., & Paladino, M.P. (2014, July). Validation of the Psychological Scale for General Impressions of Humanoids in an Italian Sample. 13th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Workshop: Evaluating Social Robots, Padua, Italy. ISBN: 978-88-95872-06-3.

Ferrari, F., & Paladino M.P. (2014, July). Fear of Social Robots: Physical Anthropomorphism as Threat to Human Distinctiveness and Identity. Poster, 17th General Meeting European Association of Social Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Carraro, L., Castelli, L., & Ferrari, F. (2014, July). Political Ideology and Attitude Change Toward Moral and Immoral Individuals. Poster, The 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Rome, Italy.



  • Methodologies and Techniques of Research, University of Trento, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science (March-June 2015)
  • Advanced Course for Scientific Research on Eye-tracking tools (Tobii 1750, Tobii Glasses) and techniques (University of Padua, 2012)