Anna Henschel

PhD Candidate
I am a young German in Scotland, currently in the final year of my PhD in human-robot interaction at the University of Glasgow. The increasing integration of robots into our social environment raises a number of important questions, both within the realm of experimental psychology and social robotics. The aim of my PhD is to use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate factors influencing the perception and interaction with robots. Having first studied Psychology in my undergraduate degree and then Cognitive Neuropsychology for my Master's degree, I am fascinated with the intricacies of the 'social brain', particularly what role new types of artificial agents, such as humanoid robots, play.


  • Henschel, A., & Cross, E. S. (in press). The effect of interpersonal synchrony with a robot on likeability and social motivation. Interaction Studies. doi: 10.31234/
  • Gallo, S., Paracampo, R. , Müller-Pinzler, L., Severo, M.C., Blömer, L., Fernandes-Henriques, C., Henschel, A. , ... & Gazzola, V. (2018). The causal role of the somatosensory cortex in prosocial behaviour. eLife, 7, e32740. doi: 10.7554/eLife.32740