Experimental Psychology

The department offers comprehensive training in experimental psychology, focusing on ecological and complex dynamical systems approaches to cognition, action and perception.  Areas of research specialization include visual, auditory, and haptic perception, joint action, robotics and human-robot interaction, cognitive development, and motor behavior and control, and our program places a special emphasis on mathematical modeling and advanced data analytics. Our extensive laboratory facilities include several motion capture systems, balance and posture assessment systems, virtual reality facilities, eye tracking, mobile robots, robotic arm systems, and other data collection systems, enabling comprehensive study of how humans and robotic/artificial systems think, move, and act. Current and recent research support has come from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Templeton Foundation, and DoD. 

The interdisciplinary Center for Cognition, Action, and Perception (CAP) is a focal point for research, training, and professional development in our program.  Through CAP, our faculty collaborate closely with colleagues in the Philosophy and Biology Departments in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Allied Heath Sciences, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

The philosophy of the experimental training program is to provide specialized competence in a particular area that is bolstered by a breadth of background in modern experimental psychology, complemented by comprehensive professional and career development activities. As a result, graduates are well suited for careers in academia and industry. Doctoral students engage extensively in research throughout their course of study, publish their research in peer-reviewed journals, and present their work at national and international conferences. In addition, experimental students have the opportunity to teach courses in their area of emphasis. The intellectual climate of our program is additionally supported by research team meetings, journal clubs, reading groups, and our CAP seminar series, which features presentations by nationally and internationally renowned scholars as well as presentations by University of Cincinnati graduate students. 

Department faculty affiliated with the experimental program includes Drs. Peter Chiu, Sarah Cummins-Sebree, John (Jay) Holden, Heidi Kloos, Michael A. Riley, Paula Silva, Tehran Davis, Tamara Lorenz, Dieter Vanderelst, Tony Chemero, and Kevin Shockley.

For additional information about the Experimental Psychology emphasis, contact Dr. Michael Riley at michael.riley@uc.edu or 513-556-55444.