As part of an NSF supported grant, I have collaborated with computer vision, uncertainty quantification, and applied psychology researchers to test appropriate methods for representing uncertainty in visualizations. More specifically, we have tested 1D and 2D methods of uncertainty visualization in the domain of weather forecasting. Primarily, we are interested in generating and testing public-facing uncertainty visualization methods that are easily understood by non-expert decision makers.
One of my major research tracks integrates the study of emotion with perception and action. I utilize ecological and dynamical systems approaches to understand how emotions affect motor coordination and the visual information used to guide actions. I am interested in examinining how different types of emotions contribute to small-scale motor control and large-scale spatial wayfinding ability.
I recently completed my master's thesis studying the effects of anxiety on gender differences in spatial learning. This study helped inform an NSF funded grant attempting to determine the underlying mechanisms of gender differences spatial cognition and navigation.
In addition to my own line of research, my lab generally studies visual perception and spatial cognition in real-world and virtual environments. As a graduate student,I am co-advised by Dr. Sarah Creem-Regehr and Dr. Jeanine Stefanucci.
While at the University of Utah, I have been fortunate enough to work with two quantitative experts specializing in dynamical systems modeling. Dr. Jonathan Butner studies social influences on health outcomes, such as diabetes, while Dr. Brian Baucom studies dyadic interactions between married and unmarried couples.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, our weekly research group, Systems N' Coffee (SYNC), put together a website outlining various dynamical systems approaches to dyadic data analysis.For this project, we worked with the heart rate data of one married couple and analyzed the same data using various dynamical methods. We conceptually reviewed each method before highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each.
As an undergraduate, I primarily became interested in perception and action research through a senior seminar entitled Movement: Embodied, Encoded, Enacted. In this seminar, we studied movement from an interdisciplinary, cross-species perspective. Following this experience, I pursued a summer position working as a research assistant under Dr. William Warren and Dr. Kevin Rio. That summer, I helped to design novel motion capture helmets to investigate the behavioral dynamics of crowd interactions. This research helped to inform the design of emergency exits in crowded public spaces.
For my undergraduate senior thesis in Cognitive Science, I combined my interests in movement and emotion (as well as my second major, Religious Studies) by examining the emotional components of religiously affiliated postures. For this project, I was advised by Dr. Ken Livingston and Dr. Michele Tugade.