- Meese Center 204
- Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
- Director, Center for Human-Centered Computing
- PhD, Cognitive Psychology, University of Michigan, 2002
- MS, I/O Psychology, San Francisco State University
- BA, Psychology, Stanford University
I am a cognitive psychologist who focuses on two main areas of research: decision making and learning using serious video games. My decision research focuses on individual and team decision making and collaboration in laboratory and field environments. I have developed and validated processes for improving decision making and planning in groups in disaster response and other high risk environments. Since 2011, I have focused on empirical video-game research to design, develop, and evaluate video games for improving specific critical thinking skills (e.g., mitigating cognitive biases, perspective taking). I am expanding that research to examine the use of video-game technologies for improving learning in STEM areas with college and K-12 students. I bring 15 years of experience in industry and government research labs doing human-factors research. I worked as a principal scientist in an R&D engineering company and as a contractor at NASA Ames in the Human Performance Lab. My research has been funded by IARPA, DARPA, AFRL, and the Army Research Institute.
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Learning and Video Games for STEM
- Structured Analytic Techniques
Whitaker, E., Trewhitt, E., & Veinott, E. S. (2019, July). Intelligent Tutoring Design Alternatives in a Serious Game. In Sottilare R., Schwarz J. (Eds.) First international conference for Adaptive Instructional Systems as part of HCII 2019. (pp. 151-165). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22341-0_13. ISBN 978-3-030-22341-0
Veinott, E. & Whitaker, E. (in press, 2019 July). Leaving hints: Using player in-game reflection to improve and measure learning. International Conference on Human Computer Interaction. Springer, Cham. Orlando, FL.
Pamplin, J., Nemeth, C. P., Serio-Melvin, M. L., Murray, S. J., Rule, G. T., Veinott, E. S., ... & Salinas, J. (2019). Improving Clinician Decisions and Communication in Critical Care Using Novel Information Technology. Military Medicine. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usz151.
Roose, K. M., Veinott, E. S., & Mueller, S. T. (2018, October). The Tracer Method: The dynamic duo combining cognitive task analysis and eye tracking. In Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion Extended Abstracts (pp. 585-593). ACM.
Mueller, S. T., & Veinott, E. S. (2018, July) Testing the effectiveness of crossword games on immediate and delayed memory for scientific vocabulary and concepts. Proceedings of the 2018 Cognitive Science Society Conference, (pp. 2134-2139) New York: NY.
Roose, K. and Veinott, E. (2017, October). Roller coaster park manager by day problem solver by night: Effect of video game play on problem solving. In Extended Abstracts Publication of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (pp. 277-282). ACM. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Peabody, M. & Veinott, E.S. (2017). Focus shift: Differences in reasons generated using Premortem and Worst Case Scenario plan evaluation methods. Presented at the13th Naturalistic Decision Making, Bath, UK.
- Mueller, S. T., Perelman, B. S., & Veinott, E. S. (2015). An optimization approach for mapping and measuring the divergence and correspondence between paths. Behavior Research Methods, 1-19.
- Veinott, E, Perelman, B., Leonard, J. Mayell, S. Lorince, J. Hotaling, J, Ross, T., Mayell, S. Todd, P. (2014) The effect of cognitive and visual fidelity on decision making: Is more information better? In GEM (Formerly IEEE Games Innovation Conference (IGIC), 2014 IEEE International. IEEE. Toronto, ON.
- Veinott, E,.Leonard, J.,Papautsky, E., Perleman, B., Stankovic, A. Lorince, J. Hotaling, J, Ross, T., Mayell, S. Todd, P. Busemeyer, J., Castronova, E. Hale, C. Catrambone, R., Whitaker,E., Fox, O., Flach, J., Hoffman, R. (2013) The effect of 3rd person perspective and session duration on training decision making in a serious video game. In Games Innovation Conference (IGIC), 2013 IEEE International (pp. 256-262). IEEE. Vancouver, BC.
- Whitaker, E. Trewitt, E., Holtsinger, M., Hale, C., Veinott, E., Argenta, C., and Catrambone, R. (2013, September). The effectiveness of intelligent tutoring on training in a video game. In Games Innovation Conference (IGIC), 2013 IEEE International (pp. 267-274). IEEE. Vancouver, BC.