Call for Papers! APA 2011 in Washington D.C.

APA Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) invites submissions for the 2011 Convention of the American Psychological Association, to be held in Washington, D.C. August 4-7, 2011. Proposals for papers, posters, or symposia in areas related to applied experimental/engineering psychology, or human factors/ergonomics, are encouraged.

Broad topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Issues in automation across domains
  • The contribution of applied research to fundamental knowledge and theory
  • Advanced student work
  • International perspectives
  • Use and effectiveness of technology in clinical/healthcare settings

Individuals must submit proposals via the submission portal provided below:

***Submissions are due DECEMBER 1, 2010.***

For more information about Division 21, please see the Division 21 website:

If you are not already a member, join or take advantage of the free trial membership in the division!

Full instructions concerning submissions, submission length, etc. may be found on APA’s site:

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Microsoft’s Kinect Game Controller

Our friend Tim Nichols was recently featured in a write up in the New York Times about his work with Kinect, Microsoft’s new game controller technology.  He’s a games researcher at Microsoft Game Studio.  Here is what he says about it:

“I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people try and do the moonwalk,” says Mr. Nichols, as he recalls their first, curious encounters with their virtual mimics.

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The Ultimate Driving Simulator

Lexus has posted a video of their ‘Most Advanced Driving Simulator In The World.’ There is a bit of “commercial” in it, but also a good bit of human factors.

Here is the link.

There is also a video on virtual crash tests, although I’m more interested in how the humans react to the crash rather than the materials in the car.


Pull the push door
The picture above was taken from the Starbucks near the convention hotel for HFES 2010. Rich and I were walking in there at 6:30 a.m. when we saw a man exiting the doors, shaking them violently, and uttering curse words. We had to laugh when we saw what made him so angry – a push bar on the inside of the door with a sign that said “PULL.”

As we took the picture of the PULL sign, a woman came up behind us to exit. Trying to help her, Rich naturally reached out and pushed on the door.