Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Translational Research in Psychological Sciences: Human Factors at Texas Tech University (Summer 2017-2019)




Program Benefits



2017 Summer


2017 Summer REU Program

2017 Awardees from left to right are as follows:

Madeline Niichel: Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus

Joselyn Hathaway: Elizabeth City State University

Auriel Jasper-Morris: Xavier University of Louisiana

Cooper Rodriguez: Meredith College

Jada Elleby: North Carolina A&T State University

Cecilia Garza: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Kristen McGatlin: Kansas State University

Vivian Nelson: U of Arkansas Pine Bluff



Madeline Niichel

Hi, my name is Maddie Niichel and I am a Junior in the Human Systems Engineering program at Arizona State UniversityĖPolytechnic in Mesa, AZ. I am also pursuing a minor in Engineering Management. I am excited for the opportunities this program has given me and cannot wait to apply what I learn here to my program back home!


Project Title: Humanization of Robots: The Role of Group Membership
Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. Jones



Joselyn Hathaway


Hello, my name is Joselyn Hathaway.I am from Gates County, North Carolina and currently reside in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.I am a junior at Elizabeth City State University, which is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.My major is mathematics with a concentration in secondary education.


Project Title: Numeracy and Decision Making
Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. Serra




Kristen McGatlin


Hi, my name is Kristen McGatlin. I am from Linn, Kansas and attend Kansas State University. I am headed into my senior year majoring in psychology with a concentration in cognitive research. I am also working towards a secondary degree in gerontology. I am blessed that I am able to spend my summer here and canít wait to learn all that I can!

Project Title:
How are preferences formed for rule following and exception items?

Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. Davis


Vivian Nelson

I am Vivian Nelson a resident of Memphis, TN. I attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where I am in my junior year. My major is biology geared toward the pre-dental path.

Project Title: Effects of Oncoming Vehicle Size on Overtaking Judgment
Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. DeLucia



Auriel Jasper-Morris:


Hello, my name is Auriel Jasper-Morris. I am from Houston, Texas and currently reside in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a junior and a McNair Scholar at Xavier University of Louisiana. My major is Psychology with a minor in Chemistry.


Project Title: Perspective Taking and Relationship Advice
Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. Talley




Cooper Rodriguez:

Hello, my name is Cooper Rodriguez. I am from Pinehurst, North Carolina and I currently attend Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a senior, majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Health and Wellness.

Project Title: The Effect of Restorative Environments on Sustained Attention: A Replication and Extension of Berto (2005)
Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. Klein


Jada Elleby

Hello, my name is Jada Elleby. I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I currently reside in Greensboro, North Carolina where I attend school at the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. I am a junior Sociology student with a concentration in Liberal Studies. I am more than appreciative of this opportunity and canít wait to apply what Iíve learned here back at my home institution.

Project Title:
When Iím Right Youíre Wrong: Attitude Correctness Facilitates Intergroup Anger and Negative Perceptions of Opposing Others
Presentation 1


Superlab Paper


Final Presentation


Advisor: Dr. Hohman



Cecilia Garza

Hi y'all! My name is Cecilia Rose Garza;I'm from Rio Grande City, Texas but attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville. I currently major in Psychology with a minor in Business. It's a blessing to be here and work with my collaborators. More than anything I'm excited for the opportunities to come from being apart of this esteemed program.

Project Title:
Effects of Object Surfaces and Shapes on Hand Grip Function for Heavy Objects
Presentation 1

Superlab Paper


Final Presentation

Advisor: Dr. Yang

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First Picture with PI and Co-PI of this program    Dr. Talley's Colloquium: Slides†††† Dr. Jones' Colloquium: Slides††† Dr. Davis' Colloquium: Slides                                 

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 Dr. Klein's Colloquium: Slides††††† Dr. Serra's Colloquium: Slides†† Dr. Hohman's Colloquium: Slides††††† SuperLab Journal Paper Presentation (June 28, 2017)

(June 29, 2017)

Dr. Liddell graduated with his Ph.D. from Texas Techís Experimental Psychology program in 1996, and later founded Human Interfaces, Inc., in Austin, which he has led for the last nineteen years. Dr. Liddellís team at Human Interfaces conducts user experience and human factors research on a wide variety of products and services, including websites, software applications, and hardware. Dr. Liddell will be speaking about the abundant opportunities that exist for a career path in human factors and about experiences and lessons learned during his career path. He also will describe what he personally looks for in job candidates.

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Graduate School Panel July 5, 2017†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Group Picture 1†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Group Picture††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† REU Shirt

Final Presentations (July 28, 2017)



Final Receptions (July 28, 2017)

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Conference Presentations for 2017 Summer Awardees


Get Out! Conditions that Promote Readiness to Intervene in Abuse Relationships
By Jasper-Morris, A., & Talley, A. E. (February 2018).

Poster presentation at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Atlanta, GA


Robots Exhibit Human Characteristics: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Anthropomorphism Research


Jones, K.S., Niichel, M.K., & Armstrong, M.E. (March 2018)


Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, 137-138

Chicago, IL, USA