Julian Welsh


My name is Julián, I grew up between New York and South Florida, I am working on participant conformity when primed with robots under Dr. Marlena Fraune. We will be collecting data on participants actual interaction with robots in the spring to contribute to our findings. I am in my 4th year studying psychology with an educational goal of getting my PhD in neuropsychology. My career goal is to contribute something meaningful in neurological research in depressive disorders. For fun I love to play soccer, run, weightlift, and hang out with my friends.


Project Description:

 How does priming people to think of robots affect conformity with other people? Past research indicates that people had a higher likelihood to take the robot’s answers than their own initial response. (Salomons, N., et al., 2018). In this study, participants complete an online survey measuring conformity and differences in feelings pertaining to robots and people. First, participants were primed to think of different experiences:, Control (what were the apprentices think of?); Robots (an experience with a robot) or; Humans (an experience with a human stranger). We then measure if participants answer the survey questions with a more confirmative response. We expect significantly more conformity in the Robot group than the Humans or Control group. This research has important, real world implications: as robots are becoming a progressive reality in everyday life (e.g., rumbas) if robots induce people to conform more to other humans and may create a human society that is more united. Works Cited Salomons, N., et. al., 2018. “Human conform to robots: Disambiguation Trust , Truth, and Conformity” retrieved 10/6/19 from (https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?



  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Take the GRE
  • Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication
  • Apply for graduate or professional school


Julian’s mentor: Marlena Fraune

Dr. Marlena R. Fraune received her B.A. in Psychology at Beloit College in 2013, and her PhD at Indiana University in 2018. During her time in the PhD program, she researched the psychology of how to make human-robot more efficient and enjoyable. Dr. Fraune studied intergroup human-robot interaction nationally and abroad, as a visiting researcher at Toyohashi University of Technology (2014, 2016), Bielefeld University (2015), and the United States Air Force Research Lab (2017). She is now an Assistant Professor leading the Intergroup Human-Robot Interaction Lab in the Department of Psychology at New Mexico State University.