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Background

I am an assistant professor of psychology at New Mexico State University studying group effects in human robot interaction.

I believe that technology should empower people to meet their needs, wants, and goals – but without testing how humans respond to technology, people may not accept or want to interact with it. That is why I test and apply theories from social psychology to improve human interaction with new and emerging technology such as robots. In particular, I test:

1. Groups. Most people can think of how they behave differently with a group of friends or group of colleagues than alone. Social psychology researchers have provided empirical evidence for this. My research is at the forefront of a novel field combining group psychology with human-robot interaction.

2. Applied. People behave differently in the sterile lab context than in the real world. That is why in my research I use the lab to isolate variables of interest, then perform studies in the real world to see how these variables interact with other contextual factors.

3. Cultural. Robotic technology is widespread in different countries, and people respond differently to it based on cultural norms. That is why engage in cross-cultural collaboration with colleagues in countries such as Germany and Japan.

I collaborate with colleagues from United States Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing (USAFRL/711HPW), Dayton OH, NASA Ames, San Francisco CA, Advanced Telecommunication Research (ATR) Lab, Kyoto, Japan, and Interaction and Communication Design (ICD) Lab, Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan. I completed my PhD at Indiana University

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