Human Factors and Applied Cognition
Originally from New York State, Dan is a fifth year Doctoral student, currently working with Dr. Carryl Baldwin on projects related to auditory cognition and mental workload assessment. He received his BA in Psychology from American University in 2005, and MA in Psychology from George Mason University in 2010.
Mental Workload Assessment
As a member of the lab of Dr. Carryl Baldwin, Dan has been studying potential metrics for real-time mental workload assessment. Potential metrics include those based on electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, cognitive pupillometry, and behavioral performance.
Automotive Safety Design
Dan was part of a team of 5 students who designed the Speed Limits for Inclement Conditions or SLIC interface. The SLIC interface is a novel speedometer design that provides cues for suggested speed limits based on current weather and road conditions. The SLIC team was one of three winners of the North American ESV Student Safety Technology Design Competition (21st, 2009), chosen to represent North America at the international competition in Stuttgart, Germany, June 2009. See much more about SLIC, including video from recent TBD News coverage.
Single-trial ERP variability during speech comprehension
In conjunction with Brian Taylor and Dr. Carryl Baldwin, Dan has recently been investigating single-trial variability in the N400 event-related potential (ERP). Quantification of single-trial variability in the N400, viewed to be an index of language comprehension, may provide further insight into how language is processed and understood.
Buzzell, G. A., Roberts, D. M., Baldwin, C. L. ,& McDonald, C. G. (in press). An Electrophysiological Correlate of Conflict Processing in an Auditory Spatial Stroop Task: The Effect of Individual Differences in Navigational Style. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Lewis, B.A., Penaranda, B.N., Roberts, D.M., & Baldwin, C.L. (2013). Effectiveness of Bimodal Versus Unimodal Alerts for Distracted Drivers. 7th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design. Bolton Landing, New York.
Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., Fedota, J., & McDonald, C.G. (2013). N2 An Index of Impaired Inhibitory Control in Smokers. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, California.
Caywood, M., Roberts, D., Colombe, J., Greenwald, H., & Weiland, M. (2013). EEG Feature Analysis in a Working Memory Task: Making Sense of Machine Learning. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, California.
Roberts, D., Fedota, J., Buzzell, G., Parasuraman, R., & McDonald, C.G. (2013). Top-Down Modulation of Prestimulus Alpha Power and its Relation to a Stimulus Discrimination Process. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, California.
Weiland, M., Roberts, D., Caywood, M., Greenwald, H., & Colombe, J. (2013). Real-Time EEG-Based Prediction of Mental Workload in a Multitasking Environment. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, California.
Fedota, J. R., McDonald, C. G., Roberts, D. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2012). Contextual task difficulty modulates stimulus discrimination: Electrophysiological evidence for interaction between sensory and executive processes. Psychophysiology, 49(10), 1384–1393.
Buzzell, G.A., Baldwin, C.L., Roberts, D., Barrow, J.H., & McDonald, C.G. (2012). Navigational Style and Electrophysiological Correlates of Conflict in an Auditory Spatial Stroop Task. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Chicago, Illinois.
Caywood, M.S., Greenwald, H.S., Roberts, D.M., Colombe, J.B., & Weiland, M.Z. (2011). EEG correlates of dynamic workload in en-route air traffic control. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
Buzzell, G.A., Baldwin, C.L., Wegner, L.A., Roberts, D., Barrow, J.H., & McDonald, C.G. (2011). Electrophysiological Indices of Conflict in an Auditory Spatial Stroop Task. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
Taylor, B., Roberts, D., & Baldwin, C.L. (2011). Age-Related Differences in Intra-Individual Speech Processing Variability. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. San Francisco, California.
Baldwin, C. L., Coyne, J. T., Roberts, D. M., Barrow, J. H., Cole, A., Sibley, C., Taylor, B., Buzzell, G. (2010). Prestimulus Alpha as a Precursor to Errors in a UAV Target Orientation Detection Task. In, W. Karwowski and G. Salvendy, (Eds.), Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis.
Coyne, J.T., Baldwin, C.L., Cole, A., Sibley, C., & Roberts, D. (2009). Applying real time physiological measures of cognitive load to improve training. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 5638/2009, pp 469-478. Springer Berlin.