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Study driving behaviors in connected and autonomous vehicles with a driving simulator

This is a behavioral study that will examine the effect of different messages designs and driver characteristics on driver behavior using a driving simulator. The driving simulator will be used to simulate various traffic events and record driver behavior and performance in the simulated connected vehicles and autonomous vehicle environments. All you need to do is driving on a driving simulator and complete questionnaires.
Xiaomei Tan at xzt24@psu.edu
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You must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license, and display it to the experimenter
You must not be under the influence of alcohol, and have abstained from drinking alcohol for no less than 8 hours prior to participating in this study
Exclusion Criteria:
Participants who doesn't possess a valid driver license will be excluded from the study
Participants who drinks alcohol within the 8 hours before the study will be excluded from the study
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Invisible Sojourners: Second Language Socialization Among International Spouses

This study will examine how international spouses improve their English ability and form connections with the local community. Participants will be interviewed to learn about their experiences. Social events that are found to be positive will be recorded so that the interactions in that space can be analyzed to determine how they help international spouses.
Jade Sandbulte at jfs5644@psu.edu
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Traveled to the U.S. with a spouse who was enrolled at Penn State
Understands spoken English
Exclusion Criteria:
Is not a student at Penn State OR was not a student when you first arrived
Education, Language & Linguistics
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Reducing Perception Error in Diagnostic Radiology

This research is being done to find out the relationship between an individual’s mental state and how well they perform visual-perceptual tasks. This will allow us to understand the brain processes related to errors in image perception, to understand how mental states impact medical image interpretation. Overall, this research will help us develop training programs to reduce the amount of perceptual errors in diagnosing images
Lauren Spreen at lspreen@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-5857
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Radiologists with different levels of experience
Healthy adults, with college or advanced degree
Normal or corrected to normal vision
Exclusion Criteria:
Non-English speaking
Pregnant or lactating
Presence of pacemaker, aneurysm clips, or any metal in the body
A history of welding or grinding
Claustraphobia
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Immersive Virtual Reality Storm Surge: Scale and Risk Perception

Evaluating if an immersive virtual reality experience of storm surge flooding gives people an understanding of the scale of the flooding and increases their risk perception of such flooding compared to a non-immersive desktop experience.
Mark Simpson at marksimpson@psu.edu or 575-491-5512
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Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
English-speaking
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Under age 18
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Understanding the Relationship between Education and Well-being among College Students with Disabilities

The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of students’ experiences in college and their engagement help-seeking and healthy behaviors. Participation in the study involves completing a brief online-survey on Qualtrics, which we anticipate will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Amber O'Shea at amo5208@psu.edu or 814-867-5721
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Currently enrolled as a college student
18 years of age or older
Capable of providing informed consent
Diagnosis of a disability
Able to understand written English
Exclusion Criteria:
Adults unable to provide legal consent
Individuals who are not yet legal adults
Pregnant women
Prisoners
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Storytelling on Snapchat

This study will examine via ethnographic observation the Story feature on social media. Participants will be asked to provide their Snapchat or Instagram username and must be willing to let the researcher observe the Stories that they post. The primary aims are to illuminate how and why people are using the Story feature on social media, and to analyze how this feature is changing how we relate to and understand the world around us.
Michael Krieger at mlk75@psu.edu or 646-430-0117
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User of the Story feature on Snapchat or Instagram
At least 18 years old
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Anyone under the age of 18 years old
Non users of social media
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Walking through the forests of the future: Using data-driven iVR to visualize forests under climate change

We used a combination of ecological modeling, procedural modeling, and virtual reality to provide an embodied experience of “walking through the forests of the future”. This study will provide empirical evidence of the effectiveness of this immersive experience based on users’ feedbacks on different kinds of tools we developed.
Jiawei Huang at jzh87@psu.edu or 734-355-5327
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forestry or climate science related majors (include but not limited to agricultural sciences, environmental resources management, forest ecosystem management, plant science, ecology, biology, meteorology and atmospheric science)
undergraduate or graduate students at Penn State University who are older than 18.
participants should be healthy (without contagious disease)
Exclusion Criteria:
people under 18
people who are cognitively impaired
people who have contagious disease
Education, Language & Linguistics
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Effectiveness of Augmented-Reality based Training for Pipefitters: A Pilot Study to be conducted at the Pennsylvania State University

The aim of this study is to determine if utilization of augmented reality will help students visualize a Pipefitting blueprint and model it in real time.
Noriana Radwan at nxr406@psu.edu or 845-554-6818
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fluent in English
18 years or older
have taken edesign 100
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under 18 years of age
not fluent in English language
have not taken edesign 100
Education, Vision & Eyes
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Describing your voice: Viewpoints from pre-professional voice users

The purpose of this study is to conduct semi-structured interviews with students at Penn State who are working towards degrees in fields that require a high vocal demand (e.g. teachers, lawyers, singers, actors, etc). The purpose is to learn more about what students think about their voice, what they know about protecting their voice, and what they would do if they had a voice disorder. This information can be used to design interventions and preventative outreach programs for these students.
Nicole Etter at oppal@psu.edu or 814-863-2021
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18 years and older
Working towards a degree in a field requiring high vocal demand (e.g. future teachers, lawyers, voice performers including singers and actors)
Exclusion Criteria:
Currently being treated for a voice disorder
Prevention, Education, Language & Linguistics
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Young Children’s Representations of Parent-Child Negotiation

The goal of this study is to learn how young children think and tell stories about challenges between parents and children. Children will play games and tell stories using toys while caregivers fill out surveys and talk to researchers. This will occur twice, about 6 months apart. Qualities of children's stories, their language and regulation skills, demographic information about children and caregivers, and parenting behaviors will be examined.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu or 717-948-6404
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Children between the ages of 5 and 7
At least one caregiver of a child between ages 5 and 7
English-speaking
Middle income
Caregiver at least 18 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Caregivers that are not fluent in English
Children that are not fluent in English
Children who are unable to tell stories with a researcher due to developmental disability or language delay
Children who are younger than 5 or older than 7
Low or high income
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA

Caregiver's Perceptions of High-quality Early Education and Care

This is an exploratory study which looks at how caregivers define high-quality early education and care. Participants will fill out a questionnaire containing open-ended and closed-ended questions. It will take participants no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu
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Adults age 18 and older
Adults who are fluent in English
Adults who are regular caregivers of children between birth and age 5
Individuals who can read and respond to written close- and open-ended survey questions electronically
Individuals who live in the United States
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals under the age of 18
Individuals who are not fluent in English
Individuals who are not regular caregivers of children between birth and age 5
Individuals with poor reading comprehension and are otherwise limited in their ability to read and respond to survey questions
Individuals who do not currently live in the United States of America
Children's Health, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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How urban infrastructure fosters romantic relationships

The primary endpoint of this study is to identify the contributing factors in development of romantic relationships through an analysis of the real-life experiences of Penn state couples that we collect in our surveys. Our focus is to identify the spatial factors in different scales as they relate to two-person relationships. The results of this study informs architects, planners, and administrators of practical strategies to generate friendly spaces in college towns.
sohrab rahimi at sur216@psu.edu or 814-206-4341
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Be in a romantic relationship
Live in State College area
Has visited at least 5 places with their romantic partner(s) in State College
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Have never lived in State College area
have never engaged in a romantic relationship
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The Child Health Study

We want to understand how a child's environment affects biology in ways that impact child health
Megann Koegler at childhealthstudy@psu.edu or 844-296-4666
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Children 8-13 years of age
Speak and understand English
Participation of a legal guardian
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Intellectual or learning disability
Children's Health, Food & Nutrition, Education
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Development of Adolescent and Young Adult Social Health (DASH)

Adolescence is a unique developmental period that prepares individuals for adulthood. We are studying the behavioral and brain basis of this important time, particularly in terms of how adolescents understand and think about other people. To study this important developmental transition, we are inviting typically developing children (6-8 yrs), adolescents (10-14 yrs), and young adults (18-22 yrs) to help us with this study. Participants answer questionnaires, play games of face recognition, and have pictures of their brains taken in a neuroimaging session. Child and adolescent participants also have physical exams. Volunteers are compensated for time (between $185-630) in the lab and for the neuroimaging session. If you are a parent and want to begin the screening process for you child, please go here https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51lN8sODiukYOON If you are an adult, and want to begin the screening process please go here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5cXMng6ybKe0WwJ
Dr. Suzy Scherf at suzyscherf@psu.edu or 814-954-0112
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Native English speaker
Normal vision and hearing (with correction)
Free of neuroneurologic, psychiatric, endocrinology disorders
Free of concussions with loss of consciousness
Exclusion Criteria:
Family history of autism spectrum disorders (in parents or full siblings)
History of working with metal
Irremovable metallic implants in the body (e.g. braces)
Pregnancy
Weigh more than 250lbs or get claustrophobic in small spaces
Children's Health, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Second language speech perception and production

In this a behavioral study that will examine how second language learners perceive and produce second language speech - often in comparison to native speakers - and how these skills develop. Participants might be asked to read word lists or sentences, describe pictures or answer questions, listen to speech samples and make judgments about them (e.g. was this a real word in English? which sound did you hear?), complete a proficiency test, and fill out some background information including a language background questionnaire.
Katharina Schuhmann at kxs811@psu.edu or 814-863-7867
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18-50 years old
No known hearing impairment
No known speaking impairment
Subjects will need to be bilingual (with varying proficiency in the second language
•beginner to advanced) or monolingual
Exclusion Criteria:
Known hearing impairment (past or present)
Known speech impairment (past or present)
Under 18 or over 50
Education, Language & Linguistics
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Analyzing Student Newspaper Political Coverage

This study involves a content analysis of student newspaper political articles, as well as a survey of student journalists regarding their views about how politics are reported in student media.
Hans Schmidt at hcs10@psu.edu or 610-892-1251
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Journalism student
Involvement on student newspaper
Involvement with other student media
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No involvement in student journalism
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Understanding the Effectiveness of Imaging on Decision-making.

The study will examine how subjects' decision-making is influenced by alternative ways of visualizing possible consequences. The example decision problem that we will use in the study concerns what should be done about the historic elm trees on Penn State's University Park campus, which are now being lost to disease.
Casey Helgeson at cmh455@psu.edu
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Current undergraduate student at Penn State University Park campus
18 years or older
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Under 18 years of age
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Effects of Individualist and Collectivist Culture on Emotional Empathy in Counselor Trainees

This research is an attempt to understand the components of empathy and the cultural factors that shape its development. I am seeking about 200 Master's-level counseling students in the U.S. to complete the online survey. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and participants will have chances to win Amazon gift cards and to learn the study results.
Qu Chen at qbc5002@psu.edu
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Currently enrolled in a counseling program at the Master's level
over 18-year-old
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Not a Master's-level counseling student
under 18-year-old
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Sharing health data among family members: A scenario-based design discussion

This proposed research will make contributions in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. We are looking for participants for a study to support sharing of healthy living and well-being information between elderly parents and their adult children. In this study, we aim to explore, discuss possible technological solution to facilitate conversations about healthy activities making health more of a family based joint project. During the meeting, you won’t need to disclose any personal health information.
Jomara Sandbulte at jmb89@psu.edu or 814-880-1143
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Older Adults who are 55 years or older living apart from their adult children
Young Adults who are 18 years or older, financially self-reliant, and living apart from older parents
Exclusion Criteria:
Non-English speakers
Elderly people cognitively impaired
Minors (age under 18)
Adult children who are still studying (e.g., undergraduate students) or are not financially independent of their parents (e.g. undergraduate students)
Prevention, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Computer-Human Team Problem-Solving

This project examines team problem solving. Participants will work individually or in small groups to solve problems alone or in collaboration with a computer (AI) program, presented either as puzzles or in case studies. Participants may be occasionally asked to self-report concerning the problem, their own or their group's progress, and/or other aspects of their solving.
Christopher McComb at mccomb@psu.edu
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Must be an engineering student
Must be at least 18 years of age
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Must be an engineering student
Must be at least 18 years of age
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Investigating Design Aspects of Immersive Virtual Field Trips and Site Experiences

This study investigates the effects and effectiveness of different options for designing immersive virtual reality tours of real-world places. Participants will wear a Virtual Reality headset and watch several short tours featuring different environments (museum, forest, harbor, Mayan site). After each tour, participants will be asked for their opinion on certain design aspects of the tour app.
Mahda Bagher at mmm6749@psu.edu
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at least 18 years old
English speaking
able to wear a VR headset + sit and turn in a swivel chair while watching the short VR tours
able to listen to the tour's audio commentary
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younger than 18
non-English speaking
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National Study of College Students Formerly in Foster Care

This study will examine the educational experiences and outcomes of youth who have experience with the foster care system in the United States. We are interested in understanding the protective and risk factors that influence college success for youth in foster care. This study involves a three round interview process. Each interview will be approximately 60-90 minutes.
Bridget Parler at bap62@psu.edu
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Identify as having experience being in the foster care system in the United States
Must be currently enrolled in a college or university
Must be at least 18 years old
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Does not identify as previously been in foster care in the United States
Under 18 years of age
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Motor Planning and Language in Children with Language Impairment

This is a quasi-experimental study that will examine both how children plan their motor behaviors, and how planning motor relates to planning in other domains such as language. This study will also explore differences between typically developing populations and populations with language impairment, who tend to have difficulties with motor skills that appear to relate to their language deficits. Children from both populations will be asked to complete several simple motor tasks involving manipulating small wooden dowels and small plastic cups, as well as completing several language tasks involving completing simple nonsense words, short sentences, and telling a short story. Understanding how these children perform these tasks, as well as how their performance relates across tasks, will tell us more about how children plan and coordinate their behaviors, relationships between action and language skills, and the processes that underlie language disorders, which will in turn help improve services for children with language disorders.
Holly Koegler at hmk142@psu.edu or 814-574-8071
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Between ages of 4 and 8 years
Typical language development
Language or reading disability/disorder
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Hearing loss
Developmental disorders such as autism, intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, etc.
Bilingual or multilingual home environments
Children's Health, Education, Language & Linguistics
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Altoona, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA
Williamsport, PA

User Mobility and Graph Learning in Virtual Reality

This study investigates how the interaction affects how well 3D graphs are understood and remembered in virtual reality, and how individual differences in spatial ability affect and interact with memory and understanding.
Mark Simpson at mbs278@psu.edu
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Penn State Affiliation
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Under age 18
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Reading in the Eye and Brain: Understanding Science Text Comprehension

This project aims at understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying reading comprehension of expository scientific texts by school-aged children, adult first language readers, and adult second language readers. The proposed research integrates knowledge from several research traditions that are related to reading comprehension, but have thus far been separately pursued. The project will fill significant gaps in the literature with knowledge of the neurocognitive predictors of individual and group differences in child versus adult reading in first and second languages. Data analytics with cognitive network models and brain network models will allow us to reveal a reader's knowledge representation of text. Findings from this project will have significant implications for STEM education and hence high relevance to society.
Rose Yuratovac at ery6@psu.edu or 814-867-0779
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Age 12-14
Native English speaker
Minimal foreign language study (2 semesters or less)
Right-handed
Exclusion Criteria:
Dental braces
Hearing disorder or disability
Active medical or neurological disorder
Mental illness
Claustrophobia
Education, Neurology, Language & Linguistics
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Navigating virtual environments

This is a spatial cognition study that will examine how route knowledge can be acquired when exploring a virtual maze. The primary objective is to find the influence of the dynamic change of scale (low vs. high perspective) on the route representation in virtual reality.
Jiayan Zhao at juz64@psu.edu or 814-321-6982
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At least 18 years old
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Younger than 18 years old
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Athletes' Experiences in Sport

In this study, we are interested in learning about how male athletes think about and understand the experience and expression of emotion in competitive sports.
Heather MacArthur at hjm158@psu.edu
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Male
Competitive athlete
Penn State student
18+ years
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Non-athlete
Non-student
Under 18 years
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Communication preferences related to over screening for cancer among older adults

The overall objective of this study is to explore the perspectives of older adults on incorporating and communicating risks, benefits and life expectancy into cancer screening decisions. The findings from this study will inform development of an intervention to reduce over-screening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average risk older adults who are not recommended for screening by current guidelines based on age. Average risk, including age, is defined by screening recommendations. A person is at average risk if they have not had cancer (as defined in the exclusion criteria) or colorectal polyp (within 10 years) or breast biopsy (within 10 years) and they are within the age range. Our hypothesis is that subjects will be more willing to discuss cessation of regular cancer screening risks, benefits, and life expectancy are incorporated into an ongoing dialogue between provider and subject.
Sol Rodriguez-Colon at srodriguezcolon@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-5190
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65 years or older
Willing to participate in focus group discussion
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Diagnosed with non-skin cancer within the past 5 years
Prevention, Education, Cancer
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Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Study Driver Characteristics in Autonomous Vehicles with a Driving Simulator

This behavioral study aims to quantify the effect of drivers' characteristics on their behavior and performance during their interaction with autonomous vehicles as either drivers or passengers. The driving simulator will be used to simulate different designs of autonomous vehicles and record driver behavior and performance in the simulated autonomous vehicle environments. You will be asked to drive on a driving simulator and complete questionnaires.
Zheng Ma at ZUM152@psu.edu
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The subjects need to have an valid and unrestricted driver’s license
The subject need to fulfill the questionnaire with the score of the questionnaire fill into certain categories based on the experiment needs.
The subject need to have at least two years of driving experience
Exclusion Criteria:
under the influence of alcohol within 8 hours prior to participating in this study.
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Evaluating a portable test bed to measure mental workload

The purpose of the experiment is to examine the effectiveness of a portable mental workload monitor. Participants will be using a game-like computer program that tests the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. The experimenter will be recording performance data as well as multiple physiological indices to include a desktop eye tracker, a simple electroencephalogram (EEG), a galvanic skin response monitor, and a heart-rate monitor. The recording devices are not intrusive and should not cause discomfort.
Ling Rothrock at lxr28@psu.edu or 814-769-6516
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Be at least 18 years of age
Understand English
Have normal or normal-corrected vision
Can use standard computer monitor, a mouse, and a game controller
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Have visual deficiencies where the person is unable to identify the graphical images on a computer monitor from 20” away
Require use of non-standard graphical interfaces or manipulation devices
Prevention, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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