Michelle Rheman

I am from Monterrey, Mexico and have lived the past five years in Mexico City. I transferred to NMSU spring 2019 and I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Educational Psychology. I would like to pursue a PhD in Psychology and eventually work in both research and counseling. I am the treasurer of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society. The things I enjoy most are cooking, spending time with my dog and my family, and being in nature.


Project Description:

Robots and technology are becoming part of our daily lives. We will run a study to determine a baseline on how people categorize machines socially and relationally. From this we will identify the stereotypes that people have about robots and how this affects their trust and ability. We will also examine how thinking about robots affects people’s categorization and self-stereotyping of themselves. The data gathered in this project will serve to provide us with a clearer picture on how the increasing presence of robots will affect our lives.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • 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.
  • Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication


Michelle’s mentor: Dr. Marlene 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.