Eva Wiese

Eva Wiese

Eva Wiese

Associate Professor

Social Robotics, Embodied Cognition, Mind Perception, Trust in Human-Robot Teaming

Eva Wiese is Associate Professor in Human Factors interested in research on social neuroscience and embodied cognition and their application on social robotics and design thinking. She joined George Mason University in Fall 2013. Eva holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, Germany and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. In her Ph.D. work, Eva investigated how context information modulates attentional orienting to gaze direction using behavioral measures, eye tracking and EEG. Eva is the head of the social and cognitive interactions (SCI) lab at GMU where she investigates the causes and effects of mind perception in human-robot interaction using behavioral, physiological and neural measures. 

Selected Publications

Wiese, E., Zwickel, J., & Müller, H.J. (2013). The importance of social context information on the spatial specificity of gaze cuing. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75(5), 967-982.

Wiese, E., Metta, G., & Wykowska, A. (2017). Robots as Intentional Agents: Using neuroscientific methods to make robots appear more social. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, 8:1663. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01663.

Wiese, E., Mandell A., Shaw, T.H., & Smith, M.A. (2018). Implicit mind perception alters vigilance performance due to cognitive conflict processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 25(1), 25-40.

Wiese, E., Buzzell, G., Beatty, P., & Abubshait, A. (2018). Seeing minds in others: Degree of mind perception determines engagement in social interactions. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 18(5), 837-856.

Hertz, N., & Wiese, E. (2019). Good advice is beyond all price, but what if it comes from a machine? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Weis, P.P., & Wiese, E. (2019). Using Tools to Help Us Think: Actual and Believed Reliability Modulate Cognitive Offloading. Human Factors, 61(2), 243-254.

Weis, P.P., & Wiese, E. (2019). Problem solvers adjust cognitive offloading based on performance goals. Cognitive Science, 43(12), e12802

Wiese, E., Abubshait, A., Azarian, B. & Blumberg, E. (2019). Brain stimulation to left prefrontal cortex modulates attentional orienting to gaze cues. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374: 20180430.

Weis, P.P., & Wiese, E. (2020). It matters to me if you are human - Examining categorical perception in human and nonhuman agents. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 133, 1-12


MS in Psychology (2008), Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2013)

Dissertations Supervised

Stephanie Tulk Jesso, The Effect of Perceived Competence, Predictability and Context of Interaction on Perceived Human-likeness and Human-AI Interactions (2020)

Patrick P. Weis, Thinking Outside the Box: When Do Human Problem Solvers Offload Cognition? (2019)

Abdulaziz Abubshait, Physical Appearance as a Top-down Influencer of Mind Perception in Human-Robot Social Attention (2019)

Nicholas Hertz, Non-human Factors: Exploring Conformity and Compliance with Non-human Agents (2018)

Melissa Smith, The Effect of Perceived Humanness in Non-Human Agents on Social Facilitation in a Vigilance Task (2016)