Sean Christeson

Sean Christeson graduated from New Mexico State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He was hired by the United States Geological Survey under the Department of the Interior in Orlando, Florida, where he worked in water quality. Finding the work unsatisfying however, he quit in February of 2017 and returned to New Mexico State University in Fall of 2018 for a degree in Psychology, with plans to follow it with at least a Master’s in Counseling and a perhaps a PhD in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology.


Project Description:

With technology rapidly advancing, robots are becoming more and more prevalent. In the near future, humans and robots will work together on a regular basis, around the world. The purpose of this project is to evaluate human emotions towards robots across several countries: USA, Portugal, and Japan. We will examine preference for robot teammates that use group-based language such as “We’re doing great” versus individual language such as “You’re doing great.” Through this, we learn how to improve robot behavior for positive interaction across cultures.



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


Sean’s mentor: Dr. 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.