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Faculty and Staff Profile

Dustin Souders

Assistant Professor

Office: Brackett Hall 312-J

Phone: 864-656-4986


Educational Background

Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology
Florida State University 2018

M.S. Cognitive Psychology
Florida State University 2013

B.S. Psychology
Florida State University 2009

Courses Taught

Human Factors Psychology (3350)
Advanced Cognitive Psychology (8330)
Usability Evaluation (8400)


Dr. Souders' research primarily focuses on human factors, aging, and transportation safety. Dustin’s research focuses on leveraging advanced vehicle technologies, from advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to fully autonomous vehicles (AVs), to safely maintain older adults’ mobility. His work in the transportation area has been published in the Transportation Research Record, Accident Analysis & Prevention, and Human Factors. Dustin earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in cognitive psychology under the tutelage of Dr. Neil Charness at Florida State University. As a post-doctoral research fellow at Purdue University, Dustin worked with both civil engineers and political scientists on a range of issues surrounding vehicle automation, helping organize panel discussions and breakout sessions on various policy issues, designing and implementing driving simulator studies, and creating new graduate level coursework that combined some of the human factors and policy issues involved in vehicle automation. Since arriving at Clemson, Dustin has established the Simulating Transportation Automation and Aging Research (STAAR) Lab, which includes a single-seat, dynamic base driving simulator as well as a head-mounted eye tracker. His research has expanded to include evaluating drivers' user experience (UX) when using ADAS and automated driving systems and using these insights to refine the design of these systems.

Research Interests

Advanced Vehicle Technologies
Cognitive Aging
UX/Usability Evaluation in Automotive Contexts

Cognitive Training

Research Publications

Souders, D.J., Charness, N., Roque, N.A., & Pham, H. (2020). Aging: Older Adults’ Driving Behavior Using Longitudinal and Lateral Warning Systems. Human Factors, 62(2), 229-248.

Charness, N., Yoon, J-S, Souders, D.J., Stothart, C., & Yehnert, C. (2018). Predictors of Attitudes towards Autonomous Vehicles. Frontiers in Psychology, 18, 1-9. doi:

Souders, D.J., Boot, W.R., Blocker, K., Vitale, T., Roque, N.A., & Charness, N. (2017). Evidence for Narrow Transfer after Short-Term Cognitive Training. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9:41, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2017.00041

Souders, D.J., Best, R., & Charness, N. (2017). Valuation of active blind spot detection systems by younger and older adults. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 106, 505-514. doi:DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2016.08.020

Souders, D. J., Boot, W. R., Charness, N., & Moxley, J. H. (2016). Older adult video game preferences in practice: Investigating the effects of competing or cooperating. Games and Culture, 11(1-2), 170-200. DOI: 10.1177/1555412015603538.

Souders, D. J., Gepner, B., Charness, N., & Wekezer, J. (2015). Older adults as cutaway bus passengers: User-centered literature review. Transportation Research Record, 2516, 27-34. DOI: 10.3141/2516-05.

Boot, W. R., Champion, M., Blakely, D. P., Wright, T., Souders, D., & Charness, N. (2013). Video games as a means to reduce age-related cognitive decline: Attitudes, compliance, and effectiveness. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 1-9. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00031.

Charness, N., Best, R., & Souders, D.J. (2012). Memory Function and Supportive Technology. Gerontechnology 11(1), 23-34; DOI: 10.4017/gt.2012.


ResearchGate Profile

An Interview with Prof. Souders

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