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Patricia R. DeLucia - Human Factors
Patricia DeLucia

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Publications/Presentations with Undergraduate Students

  • DeLucia, P. R., Ott, T. E., & Palmieri, P. A. (2009) Performance in nursing. In F. T. Durso (Ed.), Reviews of human factors and ergonomics, Vol. 5. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Tharanathan, A. (2009). Responses to deceleration during car following: Roles of optic flow, warnings, expectations and interruptions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15, 334-350.
  • DeLucia, P. R. (2008). Critical roles for distance, task, and motion in space perception: Initial conceptual framework and practical implications. Human Factors, 50, 811-820.
  • DeLucia, P. R., Mork, K. S. Ott, T. E., Betts, E., Niroumand, N. S. & Slaughter, M. L. (2007). Measurement of the Relationship between Patient Wait Time and Patient Satisfaction at each Stage of an Appointment. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Mather, R. D., & DeLucia, P. R. (2007). Testing for effects of racial attitudes and visual contrast on the speed of a driver's response to a pedestrian. Transportation Research: Part F, 10, 437-446.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Mather, R. D. (2006). Motion extrapolation of car-following scenes in younger and older drivers. Human Factors, 48, 666-674.
  • DeLucia, P. R., Mather, R. D., Griswold, J. A., & Mitra, S. (2006). Toward the Improvement of Image-Guided Interventions for Minimally-Invasive Surgery: Three Factors that Affect Performance. Human Factors, 48, 23-38.
  • DeLucia, P. R. (2005). Does binocular disparity or familiar size override effects of relative size on judgments of time to contact? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58A, 865-886.
  • DeLucia, P. R. (2004). Time-to-contact judgments of an approaching object that is partially concealed by an occluder. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30, 287-304.
  • DeLucia, P. R., Kaiser, M. K., Bush, J. M., Meyer, L. E., & Sweet, B. T. (2003). Information integration in judgments about time to contact. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Experimental Psychology, 56A, 1165-1189.
  • DeLucia, P. R., Bleckley, M. K., Meyer, L. E., & Bush, J. M. (2003). Judgments about collision in younger and older drivers. Transportation Research, An International Journal. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 6, 63-80.
  • DeLucia, P. R., Tresilian, J. R., & Meyer, L. E. (2000). Geometrical illusions can affect time to contact estimation and mimed prehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 552-567.
  • DeLucia, P. R. (1999). Critique of "Distance estimation with night vision goggles: A little feedback goes a long way. Human Factors, 41, 507-510.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Liddell, G. W. (1998). Cognitive motion extrapolation and cognitive clocking in prediction-motion tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, 901-914.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Novak, J. B. (1997). Judgments of relative time to contact of more than two approaching objects: Toward a method. Perception & Psychophysics, 59, 913-928.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Task, H. L. (1995). Depth and collision judgment using night vision goggles. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 5, 371-386.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Warren, R. (1994). Pictorial and motion-based depth information during active control of self motion: Size-arrival effects on collision avoidance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 20, 783-798.
  • DeLucia, P. R. (1993). A quantitative analysis of illusion magnitude predicted by several averaging theories of the Mueller-Lyer illusion. Perception & Psychophysics, 53, 498-504.
  • DeLucia, P. R. (1991). Pictorial and motion-based information for depth perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 17, 738-748.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Hochberg, J. (1991). Geometrical illusions in solid objects under ordinary viewing conditions. Perception Psychophysics, 50, 547-554.
  • DeLucia, P. R., & Cochran, E. L. (1985). Perceptual information for batting can be extracted throughout a ball's trajectory. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 61,143-150. (my own undergraduate research)

Reseach Interests

Visual perception (judgments about motion, depth and collisions) and applications for driving (e.g., rear-end collisions), healthcare (e.g., nursing and camera surgery), military (e.g., night vision goggles), and sport (e.g., batting, officiating). For more information see my research page.

Responsibilities and Expectations for Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Approximately 10-12 hours per week in the laboratory
  • Assist ongoing research (e.g., literature searches, data collection, stimulus development, data coding)
  • Attend weekly lab meetings attended by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty laboratory director
  • Follow rules and policies of lab
  • Professional conduct
  • Interest in research

Other qualifications that are a plus:

  • Member of the Honors College
  • Computer skills
  • Math skills
  • Computer simulation or computer graphics skills
  • Writing skills
  • Research experience

Current Projects

  • What are the visual and cognitive processes that underlie human judgments about collisions and the actions that humans take to avoid or cause collisions? How are those processes affected by distance, motion and task parameters?
  • How can collisions be avoided in driving situations?
  • What is the mechanism underlying depth perception?
  • How can displays be designed to improve depth perception and motor skills in minimally-invasive surgery?
  • How do technologies affect the workload of nurses?
  • Do intention and emotion influence judgments about collisions?