Rachel Nguyen

Rachel Nguyen

Rachel Nguyen

Graduate Research Assistant

Visual Attention and Search, Perception, Visuo-spatial Cognition, Augmented/ Virtual Reality

Rachel is a doctoral student in the Human Factors & Applied Cognition Program, working with Dr. Matt Peterson in the Visual Attention and Cognition Lab. She received a B. A. in Psychological Science at California State University San Marcos.

Rachel’s research interests currently includes: visual attention and search, perception of object recognition, trust in automation, and perception of different constructs in VR. During undergrad, she did research in a Visual Cognition and Tracking Laboratory that focused on visual search, processing, representations, and memory.

Selected Publications

Graybeal, J. J., Du Bosq, T., & Nguyen, R. T. T. (2019). Simulating human vehicle identification performance with infrared imagery and augmented reality assistance. Paper for the SPIE Defense and Security conference.

Graybeal, J. J., Nguyen, R. T. T., & Du Bosq, T. (2019). Using simulation to define augmented reality accuracy requirements for target acquisition with the LRAS3 sensor. Military Sensing Symposium.

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive Psychology (main instructor)
  • Sensation and Perception Lab TA
  • Statistics Lab TA
  • Research Methods Lab TA


MA Psychology - Human Factors and Applied Cognition, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2019

BA Psychological Science, Cal State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA, 2017

Recent Presentations

Nguyen, R. T. T. & Peterson, M. S. (2019). Occlusion and object specific effects on visual search for complex objects. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Visual Science Society. St. Pete Beach, FL.

Nguyen, R. T. T. (2019). Applying trust framework in cyber security automation: To a use case and trust culture survey. Talk presented at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Laurel, MD.

Nguyen, R. T. T. et al. (2019). SABER: Specialized APL beacon-enable routing, Asymmetric Operations Sector Intern Project. Talk presented at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Laurel, MD.

Nguyen, R. T. T. (2019). Effects of occlusion on visual search are complex. Brown bag talk given at George Mason University.

Nguyen, R. T. T. (2018). Design for navigational performance under subtle and drastic augmented reality waypoint errors. Talk (Out-briefing) presented at U.S. ARMY Research, Development and Engineering Command Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate. Fort Belvoir, VA.

Nguyen, R. T. T. & Williams, C. C. (2017). Thick and thin: Occluding elements’ contents and widths affect visual memory. Poster presented at the 58thAnnual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Nguyen, R. T. T. & Williams, C. C. (2017). Behind the picket fence: Visual representations of occluded objects in long term memory. Talk presented at the 24th Annual CSUSM Psychology Research Fair. San Marcos, CA.