Research: Current Lab Projects

Psychology of Technology Book Project

This book will present an unbiased view of the research on the psychology of technology and the effect of technology upon our behavior and our brains.

“Instant” Project

This study is Examining predictors of academic course performance from two independent variables (executive functioning problems and technological anxiety/dependency or FOMO) and a set of mediator variables including self-reported smartphone usage, app-reported smartphone usage, self-observed studying behavior, multitasking preference and classroom digital metacognition.

The article was submitted for publication to Computers in Human Behavior.

Physiological Arousal in Test Taking Study

This study looks at how test taking can alter one’s physiological arousal using heart rate and skin conductance measures.

Workplace Aggression and Job Interviewing: A Psychological and Neuroimaging Study

Using the fNIR, GSR and heart rate monitor devices, neuroimaging data will be examined to see if there is a difference in how applicants perform in an interview while witnessing different levels of aggressive behavior (the interviewer will be aggressive towards the lab technician). Participants will be interviewed by an overtly hostile interviewer, subtly hostile interviewer, or by an interviewer that doesn’t exhibit aggressive behavior.

Differences in Prefrontal Cortex Activation and Executive Functioning Between Light and Heavy Technology Users.

There is a growing worry that too much technology has a negative effect on many skills. The current study examines if there are both behavioral and neurological differences in individuals that have been scored as light and heavy technology users through the use of the MTUAS (See publication page). Neurological differences were examined through the use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) while cognitive tasks taking into several executive functions (attention, cognitive flexibility, working memory, inhibitory control, etc.) were examined through the use of E-Prime and Pebl platforms.