Lab Research Agenda
The eMotion and eCognition (eMoteCog) Lab is focused on human-technology interaction and the ways technology can improve human experience. Currently, we have several main research areas:
- Living inside of technology: Do you inhabit technology, like cyberspace and your mobile devices? Some people do. How does it change them?
- Being the operator of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs, aka drones): These operators inhabit their technology. What psychological effects does that have on them during their difficult missions?
- Online predators: How do they hide behind technology? Why do they do what they do and how can they be discovered?
- Using Wii Fit and gaming technology for helping: How can this technology be used for measuring and rehabilitating balance in people with strokes or other balance disorders?
- Using gaming technology for assessment: Can you select pilots based on the cognitive and motor performance they display during a computer-based game-like, test situation? How reliable and valid is the game-like test?
- Working or interacting with robots and avatars: How human-like are they? How do people react to them?
- The dynamics of human imitation: Why are people are compelled to do what they see others do? Is there a way around this compulsion?
Opportunities for Undergrads in the Lab
In our research, we employ a variety of state-of-the-art technologies including:
- Remotely-piloted aircraft simulators
- Semi-autonomous humanoid and non-humanoid robots
- Full body motion capture stage
- High-end audio-visual recording systems
- Gaming peripherals like Wii-fit and Kinect
Undergraduate Research Assistant asks in the lab involve:
- Helping run participants
- Assisting in the design and implementation of new experiments
- Analyzing data
- Working with interesting equipment
- Weekly lab meetings to discuss research
Number of Lab Research (PSY 27000-06) credits offered: 1-3
Needed Qualifications: Interest, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic. Willingness to have fun. We encourage students to work in the lab multiple semesters.