Applied Psychology is the application of principles and techniques of Psychology to a real world problem. In Human Factors and Human Computer-Interaction, principles of Cognitive Psychology are applied to the Human-Machine Interface to improve the usability and effectiveness of the interface.
My research and teaching interests are directly related to the goals of improving the Human-Machine Interface.
- RESEARCH GOALS: contribute to theories of Cognitive Psychology necessary for these professionals to be successful
- mechanisms associated with acquisition and use of efficient methods
- optimal designs for interactive auditory displays
- the incorporation of simulations in the teaching of statistics
- TEACHING GOAL: train students to become professionals in this area so, in time, all Human-Machine Interfaces will be designed for optimal usability
Research: My specific research interests are varied and fall into four major categories:
1) Adopting new techniques: Factors associated with the adoption of
new techniques (e.g., efficient strategies when
issuing commands in a GUI).
2) Ergonomics with non-typical office software and devices: Impacts of software design and touch devices:
3) Auditory Displays: How the design of auditory displays impacts performance, specifically with auditory graphs, auditory progress bars, and auditory alerts.
4) Use of simulations in teaching: How the use of computer based simulations and animations
impacts students' motivation and learning.