Hope to see you at APA 2011!

There will be an extensive program for the Applied Experimental Division of the American Psychological Association at their conference in D.C. from August 4-7, and I invite all to come! We’ve collected a who’s-who from established to up-and-coming researchers to bring you cutting edge work in human factors, ergonomics, automation, human machine systems, aviation, video gaming, and much more!

Below is a listing of the program. You can find the dates and times on the APA website by selecting Division 21 from the combo box.

Special Talks

1. Presidential Address by Pat DeLucia, Texas Tech University – “Engineering Psychology for Technology”

2. Invited Address by John W. Senders, University of Toronto
Winner of the Franklin V. Taylor Award for outstanding contribution to the field of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology – You can read about the talk Dr. Senders gave at APA 2010.

3. Invited Address by new APA Fellow Peter Pirolli, Palo Alto Research Center, CA
“Information Foraging in the Social Web”

4. Address by the winner of the Alluisi Early Career award – Bruce Walker, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Sonification and Auditory Displays for Assistive Technology: Science and Service”

5. Address by the winner of the Briggs Dissertation award – Michael A. Nees, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Flexibility of Representation in Working Memory for Nonspeech Sounds: Theoretical and Practical Implications”

Paper session on the Psychology of Aviation

1. Durso, F. T., Pop, V., Stearman, E. J., & Kazi, S. – “How to Create a Vigilance Decrement in NextGen Air Traffic Control”

2. King, R., Carretta, T. R., & Chappelle, W. – “Ab Initio Selection of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operators”

3. Krajewski, J., Schnieder, S., Sommer, D., & Golz, M. – “Estimating Fatigue From Simulated Air Traffic Controller Communication”

4. Bleckley, K., & Broach, D. – “Selecting Air Navigation Service Providers for the Next Generation of Air Traffic Control”

5. Gorman, J. C. – “Team Coordination Dynamics in Uninhabited Air Vehicle Operations”

6. Nelson, E., Baker, K., Gee, S., Boehm-Davis, D. A. – “The Party Line: Who’s Listening?”

Paper session focusing on Behavioral Research at George Mason University

1. Baldwin, C. L. – “Design and Examination of In-Vehicle Auditory Collision Warning Messages”

2. Peterson, M. S. – “Guiding Attention”

3. Parasuraman, R. – “Neurogenetics of Individual Differences in Working Memory and Decision Making: Implications for Selection and Training”

4. Thompson, J. – “Recognizing Human Movement”

5. Shaw, T. – “Group-Level and Individual Differences Approaches to the Study of Sustained Attention”

6. Boehm-Davis, D. A. – “Do Pilots Really Need the Party Line?”

Conversation Hour on the Symbiosis of Basic and Applied Research


Doug Gillan, North Carolina State University – “In Psychology, Applied Research = Basic Research = Applied Research = ….”

Tim Nichols, Microsoft Game Studios, Redmond, WA –  “New Technologies and New Modes of Interaction: Collaboration Opportunities for Industry and Academic Researchers”

Invited Address on Current NHTSA Human Factors Research Priorities

Tim Johnson, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Symposium session with Games to Explain Human Factors – Come, Participate, Learn, and Have Fun

Chair – Ron G. Shapiro, Providence, RI

Conversation Hour on Electronic Health Records in Clinical Practice


Kelly E. Caine, Indiana University Bloomington

Dennis Morrison, Centerstone Research Institute, Bloomington, IN

Symposium on Human-Automation Interaction in Safety Critical Domains

1. Arathi Sethumadhavan, Medtronic, Inc., Mounds View, MN
2. Julian Sanchez, Medtronic, Inc., Mounds View, MN
3. Poornima Madhavan, Old Dominion University
4. Ericka Rovira, United States Military Academy
5. Richard Pak, Clemson University

Paper Session – Human Factors Potpourri

1. Brown, C. M., Kobus, D. A. – “Changes in Cognitive Performance During Extended Periods of Heavy-Load Carriage”

2. Smarr, C., Serrano-Baquero, D., Cullen, R. H., McBride, S. E., Beer, J. M., & Rogers, W. A. – “Using Knowledge Engineering to Understand Communication Processes in the Mowing of Citrus Groves”

3. Beer, J. M., McBride, S. E., Mitzner, T. L., Springman, J. M., & Rogers, W. A. – “Challenges in Patient Education: Teaching Older Adults Home Health Care Tasks”

4. McBride, S. E., Tsai, W., Knott, C. C., & Rogers, W. A. – “Understanding User Needs for an Osteoarthritis Management Tool”

5. Lane, S., Peterson, J. V., Taylor, E. J., Jackson, J. A. – “Understanding Factors Leading to Computer Loyalty”

Conversation Hour on the Activities of the Board on Human-Systems Integration in the National Academy of Sciences

Barbara Wanchisen, National Academies, Washington, DC
“Human-Systems Integration at The National Academies: Health, Military, and Aviation Applications”


1. Billings, D. R., Oleson, K. E., Chen, J. Y. C., & Hancock, P. A. – “Mitigating Inappropriate Trust in Human-Robot Interactions: A Review of Trust Calibration Strategies in the Literature”

2. Morrow, J., Adler, M. C., Schleicher-Dilks, S., Oliver, T., Andrews, A. P., & Golden, C. J. – “Neuropsychological and Demographic Correlates to Impairment in Simulated Driving”

3. Dan, C. S. – “Effects of Time of Automation Failures and Expectation on Trust in Automation”