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Faculty Member - Experimental Psychology

Keith Jones, Ph.D.



Associate Professor


Ph.D., 2000

Human Factors Psychology, University of Cincinnati


Phone: (806) 834-8745

Fax: (806) 742-0818


Research Interests:

I am interested in the overlap between James Gibson's ecological approach to perception-action and robotics. Ultimately, I believe that researching that overlap will lead to improvements in robotics and human-robot interaction, as well as a better understanding of human perception-action. Our research concerns the following types of questions.

For Tele-operated robots.

  1. What factors constrain whether a robot can be tele-operated through a given aperture?
  2. Can tele-operators accurately judge whether a robot can be tele-operated through an aperture?

For Autonomous robots.

  1. Can we develop robots that acquire information through active exploration? If so, what are the advantages/disadvantages of doing so?
  2. Can people judge the affordances of autonomous robots?
  3. Can we leverage what we know about how people judge affordances associated with other people to design robots that have that ability?

Selected Research:

  • Jones, K.S., & Schmidlin, E.A. (2011). Human-robot interaction: Toward usable personal robots. In Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 7 (pp. 100-148). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Jones, K.S., Johnson, B.R., & Schmidlin, E.A. (2011). Tele-operation through apertures: Pass-ability vs. drive-ability. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 5(1), 10-28.
  • Jones, K.S., Derby, P.L., & Schmidlin, E.A. (2010). An investigation of the prevalence of replication research in Human Factors. Human Factors, 52(5), 586-595.
  • Jones, K.S., DeLucia, P.R., Hall, A.D. & Johnson, B.R. (2009). Can metric feedback training hinder actions involving distance? Human Factors, 51, 419-432.
  • Jones, K.S., Ballew, T.V. & Probst, C.A. (2008). Does content affect whether users remember that Web pages were hyperlinked? Human Factors, 50(5), 763-771.
  • Farris, J.S., Johnson, B.R., & Jones, K.S. (2006). Width guidelines for objects with penetrable and impenetrable interface element borders. Behaviour and Information Technology, 25, 83-90.
  • Jones, K.S., Farris, J.S., & Johnson, B.R. (2005). Why does the negative impact of inconsistent knowledge on Internet navigation persist?. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 19(2), 203-223.
  • Jones, K.S., Farris, J.S., & Johnson, B.R. (2005). GUI Objects with impenetrable borders: Instructions (not practice) makes perfect. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 62(6), 687-712.
  • Jones, K.S., Farris, J.S., Elgin, P.D., Anders, B.A., & Johnson, B.R. (2005). A report on a novice user's interaction with the Internet through a self-voicing application. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 99(1), 40-54.
  • Jones, K.S., Middendorf, M.S., McMillan, G., Calhoun, G., & Warm, J.S. (2003). Comparing mouse and steady-state visual evoked response-based control. Interacting with Computers, 15(4), 603-621.
  • Jones, K.S. (2003). What is an affordance?. Ecological Psychology, 15(2), 107-114.

Teaching Interests and Activities:

Graduate Courses:

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors Methods

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Human Factors Psychology