Human Factors and Psychology

Human Factors and Psychological Sciences

How do people interact with their surroundings? How can we make everyday objects safer, more comfortable, and more intuitive? Can we model the decision-making process to accurately predict outcomes of complex social scenarios? These are just a few of the questions facing Michigan Technological University’s human factors and psychological sciences researchers.

Our research in this area studies a bevy of topics, ranging from cognitive engineering and decision making to educational technology, individual differences in human performance, and human-centered design. Our state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Lab focuses on using the latest technologies, like 3D head-mounted displays and virtual reality systems, as a platform to learn more about human spatial cognition. Members of the Motor Behavior Lab focus their work on understanding the link between motor imagery and learning, memory, and the decision-making process. And researchers analyzing risk literacy draw data from people around the globe to help them understand how information about risks is interpreted and acted upon.

Researchers in human factors and psychological sciences at Michigan Tech dive deep into issues of emotions, models of attention, and the relation between art and stress—all in an attempt to better understand the human mind and the factors that impact the way we interpret the world around us.

Graduate Research

At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in human factors and psychology and related areas.

Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to human factors and psychology through our faculty locator.

Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:

Enterprise Teams

Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines.

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.


Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Mind Trekkers

The Mind Trekkers traveling road show revels the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

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Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.

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Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:

  • summer institutes and courses for teachers,
  • Great Lakes education,
  • investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
  • outdoor science field trips, and
  • family forest, science, and engineering nights.

Learn more about WUP Center

Human Factors and Psychological Sciences