Despite the pandemic it has been a productive year in the SPoCC Lab! We have published several papers on topics relating to perception and action and plan to publish several more before the end of the calendar year.
We have also resumed data collection. Max has completed data collection for his dissertation and Nathan is starting to collect data for his masters thesis !
Now that we are under stay at home orders – data collection has been stopped for now (come on fall).
However, the lab still has amazing things to celebrate:
Two of our alum Hannah Walter and Spencer Rosario both received their Ph.D.!!! Congrats to Dr. Walter and Dr. Rosario!! Another lab alum Drew Ford just received his M.D.!!! Congrats Dr. Ford!!
This brings our total up to 7 undergraduate alums that have gone on to earn their Ph.D./M.D. – so proud of you all!!
Among our current grad students – Max Teaford successfully defended his dissertation proposal and will begin data collection in the fall!!
Also Tony Drew Received the Dorothy Jean Smith award for his research on predicting motion sickness in virtual environments and Max Teaford was awarded Psi Chi Graduate student of the Year (second year in a row)!!
While many conferences have been cancelled – our undergrads put together several posters based on our recent work and were able to present at our department’s virtual Hinkle Memorial poster session!
As the semester comes to an end I couldn’t be prouder of our group standing long and prospering even in the midst of a pandemic!!
Just a quick demonstration to show how we study the connections between Perception, Action, and Cognition – In this case we changed the Goal – and examined the influence on behavior. The video shows the difference in how the same set of behaviors are performed with different instructions (confident vs. careful) – can you tell which is which – chances are that you can. This work was done in the lab under the supervision of Tony Drew, Nate Smith, and Max Teaford.
Dr. Hassebrock successfully defended his dissertation this summer becoming the 8th Ph.D. from the SPoCC lab! Dr. Hassebrock’s research involves exploring how people detect and use information about other’s actions to guide coordination in natural and virtual environments.
Dr. Hassebrock will be joining the faculty at Miami University as a visiting assistant professor of psychology in the fall!
Thanks to lab member Tony Drew, MS – we will be adding mobile EEG technology to the lab. Tony was awarded a competitive Tech Fee award from the university to purphase a mobile EEG recording system that can be used in conjunction with our existing motion capture and VR capabilities.
This is exciting as it will increase both the types of studies we can run and look at different aspects of behavior at the same time.
As the semester nears the end we would like to thank all of our Undergraduate Research Assistants for their hard work. Below are pictures of several RA’s presenting research at the Hinkel Poster Session.
We would also like to congratulate our seniors who are graduating this semester. Best of luck Allie & Heng !