Evan Palmer, PhD
Evan is a cognitive psychology and human factors professor at SJSU. He studies cognition, perception, and attention from both a basic and applied perspective.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Kasia is a second year MA student in the Research & Experimental Psychology Program. In her thesis she is investigating why increased motivation and engagement does not necessarily lead to better performance in the context of gamification. Her primary research interest include gamification, motivation, attention, usability, human factors, UX, and human interaction with technology. She also works at NASA Ames as a Research Assistant.
Jonathan is a second year graduate MA student in the Research and Experimental Psychology program. He is primarily interested in motivation, gamification, and human factors. He also works as a research assistant at NASA Ames.
Kristina Davtyan is a first year M.A. Student in the Experimental Psychology Program. Traditionally, her training has been in qualitative data gathering and analysis. Her current research interests include: Cognition, Decision Making, and User-experience.
Madison Goodyear earned his B.A. in Psychology from California State University Channel Islands, where he conducted research on traits of autism using surveys and EEGs. Madison is currently in the process of completing his M.S. in Human Factors and Ergonomics at San Jose State University where he is exploring human-centered design and research specifically in relation to education and gamification.
Steven Wu earned his B.A. in Psychology from Emory University in 2016 and is a second year M.A. student in the Research and Experimental Psychology Program at SJSU. His primary research interests include perception, cognition and task performance in virtual reality, and human-technology interaction. He is also a research assistant in SJSU’s VECTR Lab.
Pili is not a cat. She is a grad student interested in cell phone use, FOMO, attention, and sometimes in gamification.
Elnaz is pursuing her masters degree in Human Factors Engineering at SJSU. She earned her bachelors in software engineering. She has a love for research to understand the mind and help human beings live easier and more fulfilling lives! In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding and reading!
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Sarnai is currently working on a research project which involves making people very bored and seeing how long they can keep working on a task.
Melissa is currently a fourth year student at San Jose State University and in the process of obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Communications. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a Masters in Ergonomics. Her goal is to use her psychology degree and entrepreneurial drive to work at a high-growth technology company and exercise concepts learned in school to advance the technological world and reshape not only her future, but the future of generations and countless generations after her. She is part of Delta Gamma Fraternity, Active Minds, and Alum Rock Counseling Center. I am passionate about working with people and connecting others while maintaining a self- starter mentality and utilizing the resources that are available around me.
Rachel Su Windsor earned her B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University in 2017 and will start her master program in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology at SJSU in August 2018. Rachel is passionate about research and data analysis, finding qualitative insights from abstract datasets. Her research interest is to explore different perceptions on leadership development and organizational behavior.
Max is a second year undergraduate student. He is mostly interested in cognitive psychology.