The CAT Lab conducts psychological research that investigates how aging affects older adult’s ability to use new technologies. Richard Pak is the lab director.
The branch of psychology that studies human capabilities and limitations in specific contexts (e.g., using a computer). A human factors psychologist develops knowledge about human capabilities and limitations that may improve the design of products and systems we use everyday.
Cognitive aging is the study of how aging affects cognition (e.g., memory, perception, attention). What are the cognitive changes that occur with age? How do these changes affect our ability to use different forms of technology?
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is the study of how people interact with computers and other forms of technology. For example, studying why people might be having trouble using a web site, a cell phone menu system, or a computer program.