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Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Dr. Carryl Baldwin Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Concerns

Dr. Carryl Baldwin Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Concerns

"Extensive studies have shown for decades that humans don’t do well “monitoring” situations. Studies on radar operators show their attention often is compromised within 15 minutes by external factors such as conversation or internal factors such as daydreaming."

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Alumnus Dr. Nicole Werner Wins Applied Ergonomics Best Paper Award

Alumnus Dr. Nicole Werner Wins Applied Ergonomics Best Paper Award

Nicole Werner, received an award for the best paper published in Applied Ergonomics in 2015. The paper, “Interruptions in the wild: Development of a sociotechnical systems model of interruptions in the emergency department through a systematic review,” offers an understanding of interruptions and how they factor into complex real-world environments.

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Dr. Raja Parasuraman Receives 2015 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

Dr. Raja Parasuraman Receives 2015 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

The late Dr. Raja Parasuraman is the well deserved but, sadly, posthumous, recipient of the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award for 2015. He linked the fields of neuroscience and ergonomics, creating the emerging field of neuroergonomics to enhance the understanding of brain function and behavior.

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Dr. Boehm-Davis Book Release: APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration

Dr. Boehm-Davis Book Release: APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration

This APA Handbook of Human Systems Integration is a practical tool for both students and professionals. It is intended to sensitize readers to basic design issues, enhance their understanding of the influence of these issues, and guide them in appropriately combining human performance with a system's numerous interacting components.

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Human Factors Award Winner, Spencer Kohn, Looks to Bright Future

Human Factors Award Winner, Spencer Kohn, Looks to Bright Future

Spencer Kohn recently won the HFES "Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" student design competition with an app, Hermes, that allows patient-controlled medical record sharing. HFES called the app "intuitive and simple to use," citing sharing settings that can be created in moments with little information required from the user.

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Cyrus Foroughi wins OSCAR Graduate Student Mentoring Award Accolades

Cyrus Foroughi wins OSCAR Graduate Student Mentoring Award

This special award, new this year, recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason graduate students who mentor undergraduate students on their research and creative activities, and who help to foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason's Students as Scholars initiative

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HFES Bulletin: Raja was a True Philosopher and Heroic Scientist

HFES Bulletin: Raja was a True Philosopher and Heroic Scientist

Over the years, Raja has been a flawless exemplar of the very best of our discipline and a role model for scientists in general. Whenever one was in Raja's presence, there was a quiet and yet highly charged sense that he was someone very special and yet at the same time approachable, helpful, and always willing to learn.

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Usabil-A-Thon

Usabil-A-Thon

GMU's Human Factors Students will have 12 hours to tackle real-world projects presented by professional usability companies. Students will leverage their backgrounds in human performance and cognition along with their knowledge of usability and task analysis to develop innovative and valuable solutions.

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Interruptions Negatively Affect Quality of Work

Interruptions Negatively Affect Quality of Work

When was the last time you were interrupted in the middle of an important conversation or writing an email, completely derailing your train of thought? This was the basis for a new line of research being explored by Cyrus Foroughi, a doctoral student at George Mason University – how do interruptions affect performance beyond time and error?

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Daniela Barragan wins Women in Transportation Scholarship Headlines

Daniela Barragan wins Women in Transportation Scholarship

Brian Kidwell and Bill Miller Win Best Student Paper for HFES Augmented Cognition TG Headlines

Brian Kidwell and Bill Miller Win Best Student Paper for HFES Augmented Cognition TG

GMU's Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program Receives HFES Accreditation

GMU's Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program Receives HFES Accreditation

The purpose of the HFES accreditation program is to enhance and maintain the quality of graduate education in human factors/ergonomics. HFES accreditation serves the public by helping to ensure that accredited HF/E educational programs appropriately prepare students for entering their careers in the field, whether in research or practice.

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APA 2014 Summer Science Fellowship

APA 2014 Summer Science Fellowship

Undergraduates engaged in lab research, learned about policy and advocacy, and received professional development training at the Psychology Department of George Mason University

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Cyrus Foroughi, Featured Article on Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Cyrus Foroughi, Featured Article on Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Considering how important writing is and that we write daily, whether it be a report, an essay, or an important email, the latest data from our study should get you thinking about how you work. Not only will interruptions increase the time it takes you to finish writing, but they also could reduce the quality of what you are writing.

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Say 'No' to Interruptions, 'Yes' to Better Work

Say 'No' to Interruptions, 'Yes' to Better Work

“People don’t realize how disruptive interruptions can be,” said Cyrus Foroughi, coauthor of “Do Interruptions Affect Quality of Work?” Foroughi, with coauthors Nicole Werner, Erik Nelson, and Deborah Boehm-Davis, designed a study assessing how varying levels of interruption affected writing quality in an essay project.

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Media Interest in Mason Study on the Danger of Interruptions In The Media

Media Interest in Mason Study on the Danger of Interruptions

Fast Company, the New Republic, and ScienceCodex.com are reporting on the study by Mason PhD candidate Cyrus Foroughi (along with co-authors Nicole Werner, Erik Nelson, and college dean Deborah Boehm-Davis), that measures the impact of interruptions on the quality of work.

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Interactive Effects of the COMT Gene Publications

Interactive Effects of the COMT Gene

We examined whether a gene known to influence dopamine availability in the prefrontal cortex is associated with individual differences in learning a supervisory control task.

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Situation Awareness Recovery Publications

Situation Awareness Recovery

We describe a novel concept, situation awareness recovery (SAR), and we identify perceptual and cognitive processes that characterize SAR.

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Effects on Team Performance Publications

Effects on Team Performance

Assess team performance within a networked supervisory control setting while manipulating automated decision aids and monitoring team communication and working memory ability.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than 3,300 people were killed in 2012 as a result of distracted driving crashes. Human factors professionals have been at the forefront of research that highlights the dangers of distracted driving and ways to mitigate this growing problem.

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GMU Takes a Tour of MediaBarn

GMU Takes a Tour of MediaBarn

Last evening, we had the privilege of hosting the GMU Human Factors Students for some refreshments, a tour of our facility, and an engaging discussion about all things User Experience.

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Alumnus Ricardo Prada: How to Get a Job at Google X

Alumnus Ricardo Prada: How to Get a Job at Google X

Psychology alumnus Ricardo Prada leads the user experience team at Google X, Google’s semi-covert laboratory where it develops products from the innovative to the truly far-out. In an interview with the online industrial design magazine Core77, he discusses Google X’s process for hiring designers.

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Dr. Parasuraman, Chief Guest at Conference in India

Dr. Parasuraman, Chief Guest at Conference in India

"Physical exercise, nutritious diet, meditation and cognitive stimulation can enhance mental function in older adults as these activities have a positive effect on brain," opined professor Raja Parasuraman from George Mason University, Virginia, USA while speaking at the International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health.

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Multitasking Ability May Lie in your Genes In The Media

Multitasking Ability May Lie in your Genes

People with a variant of a gene that controls dopamine levels are better at multitasking, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found. "Dopamine availability in the PFC appears to be particularly important when task demands are high," researcher Raja Parasuraman from George Mason University and colleagues said.

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The Disadvantages of Automation

The Disadvantages of Automation

Dr. Raja Parasuraman, a leading expert in automation, with his long-standing research in human performance in human-machine systems, is quoted in an article in "The Atlantic" discussing the concerns behind our trust in automation.

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Interdisciplinary Team Develops Fleet App, Wins FAA Recognition

Interdisciplinary Team Develops Fleet App, Wins FAA Recognition

Robert Youmans, assistant professor of psychology, put together a team of students from the Department of Psychology, the college's bachelor of individualized study program, Mason's School of Art, and the Department of Computer Science, to design an app geared towards making flying more enjoyable.

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Dueck, CENTEC Win Award for Scholarship Headlines

Dueck, CENTEC Win Award for Scholarship

The Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology, and Cognition (CENTEC) and Colin Dueck, associate professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs, won the 16th annual Award for Scholarship.

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Dr. Rob Youmans was selected by the Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council to receive a 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award. Accolades

Dr. Rob Youmans was selected by the Students as Scholars QEP Leadership Council to receive a 2013 OSCAR Mentor Excellence Award.

ROC-V Mobile App Released on Google In The Media

ROC-V Mobile App Released on Google

Developed by Dr. Peterson, Daniel Gartenberg, and Nick Penaranda, in conjunction with the NVESD, ROC-V Mobile is an app used by the Army to train soldiers to recognize combat vehicles. ROC-V Mobile has been praised for it's ease-of-use, which says a lot about our Human Factors students and faculty that helped develop this app.

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HFAC Students' App Featured on iTunes In The Media

HFAC Students' App Featured on iTunes

Daniel Gartenberg, a HFAC Ph.D. student developed the Proactive Sleep Alarm Clock app. A top 10 app in the 'Health and Fitness' category in numerous countries, featured on the Early Show, Network TV's Saturday Morning News, Sleep Review Magazine, Gizmodo's top 10 apps of the week, and Discoveries and BreakThroughs Inside Science.

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CENTEC wins 16th Annual Award for Scholarship

CENTEC wins 16th Annual Award for Scholarship

Congratulations to CENTEC director, Dr. Raja Parasuraman, and the entire CENTEC team on receiving the College of Humanities and Social Sciences 16th Annual Award for Scholarship. "For the past 15 years, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has highlighted and recognized faculty members for their consistent excellence in recent scholarship. This year however, for the first time in its history, CHSS is honoring an individual faculty member and an entire center." CENTEC will be recognized at the Celebration of Scholarship on Nov. 12, 2012.

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Psychology Professor Works to Design Better Designers

Psychology Professor Works to Design Better Designers

Dr. Robert Youmans, Human Factors and Applied Cognition faculty, is committed to innovation in all areas of his research.

Andre  Garcia's Summer Internship:  BATMAN Technology

Andre Garcia's Summer Internship: BATMAN Technology

See CENTEC Scholar, Andre Garcia, discuss his summer internship working at the Human Performance Wing at Wright Paterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Read about Mr. Garcia's work on a project which is known as BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge).

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Baldwin Tests Effectiveness of Auto Warnings

Baldwin Tests Effectiveness of Auto Warnings

Carryl Baldwin, faculty member in the Department of Psychology, is studying just how safe, effective and even how irritating auto warnings can be. She’s using a special driving simulator in Mason’s Arch Lab.

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Student Grant Award, for Brian Falcone, from the Augmented Cognition Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Accolades

Student Grant Award, for Brian Falcone, from the Augmented Cognition Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

CENTEC Air Force scholar, Brian Falcone, receives a Student Grant Award from the Augmented Cognition Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Mr. Falcone received this grant for a proposal on the effects of transcranial Direct Current Brain Stimulation (tDCS) on cognitive performance.

The Cerebral Limit In The Media

The Cerebral Limit

Researchers in the Arch Lab at George Mason University in Virginia use temple-worn ultrasound probes to measure the electrical activity and blood flow in subjects' brains as they are exposed to general-purpose simulations of multiple unmanned system feeds.

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Psychology's Arch Lab Enters National Video Contest

Psychology's Arch Lab Enters National Video Contest

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is holding a contest for a video describing what human factors/ergonomics is in a fun and informative fashion. George Mason University's Arch Lab, housed in the psychology department, entered the competition.

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Psychology Doctoral Students Create Safe Speedometer

Psychology Doctoral Students Create Safe Speedometer

Five psychology doctoral students created a speedometer that informs drivers of safe speeds during hazardous conditions. The speedometer's safety features are based off of two years of studying drivers' habits. The projected was covered in the Washington Post.

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GMU Students Target Safe Driving In The Media

GMU Students Target Safe Driving

A team of five psychology students at the university spent the past two years studying driving habits during inclement weather and created a speedometer that alerts drivers to appropriate speeds when traveling in snow, rain and other hazardous conditions.

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Sleep isn't Priority on Campus, but Experts Say it Should Be In The Media

Sleep isn't Priority on Campus, but Experts Say it Should Be

“The best thing is to have a consistent sleep-wake schedule,” Dan Gartenberg said, a graduate student studying psychology at Mason. Gartenberg said sleep deprivation has short-term effects such as increased blood pressure and desires for fatty foods, a weakened immune system, a harder time remembering things and a decrease in sense of humor.

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Parasuraman, Thompson, and Shaw receive Nickerson Award Accolades

Parasuraman, Thompson, and Shaw receive Nickerson Award

Dr. Raja Parasuraman received the Inaugural Raymond S. Nickerson Award for Best Paper in the 2009 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied with coauthors James Thompson and Tyler Shaw, as well as graduate students Ewart de Visser, Ellen Clarke, Ryan McGarry, and Liz Hussey.

Brain Man: Questions for Neuroergonomics Expert Raja Parasuraman In The Media

Brain Man: Questions for Neuroergonomics Expert Raja Parasuraman

Dr. Parasuraman's career is focused on mapping the limits of the human mind. With a better understanding of how we process information, the director of HFAC research at GMU hopes to improve the control mechanisms of vehicles, computer systems, and robots so that they can relate better with our own control hardware-our brain.

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Oxford Press Publishes Parasuraman's Book In The Media

Oxford Press Publishes Parasuraman's Book

Parasuraman, R. and Rizzo, M. Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Parasuraman Recognized by National Academy of Sciences Accolades

Parasuraman Recognized by National Academy of Sciences

Professor Raja Parasuraman was recognized for his Distinguished Service by the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.

Raja Parasuraman Studies Aging

Raja Parasuraman Studies Aging

Within the next 30 years, the number of residents 65 and older in this region will more than double. Currently, Psychology's Parasuraman is engaged in research that will help agencies deal with the health and social issues involving the aging population.

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Parasuraman Work Honored  by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society Accolades

Parasuraman Work Honored by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society

Professor Raja Parasuraman's article "Humans and Automation: Use, Misuse, Disuse, Abuse" chosen as a "pivotal article" for review in the 50th (Golden) Anniversary Special Issue of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, 1997.