Aging Perception Performance


The Aging, Perception & Performance Lab (APPL) is interested in aging, perception, and the performance of complex everyday tasks like driving.

 In collaboration with other researchers we have investigated how age-related changes in vision affect both driving performance and driver detection of pedestrians. Also, our research has investigated how the effects of simulated visual impairment like cataracts affect the ability of listeners to understand spoken speech in noisy environments. Our team also investigates how driver distraction caused by talking or texting on a cellular phone affects vehicle control and driver ability to detect hazards. Contact: Dr. Alex Chaparro.

APPL Research

  • Amick, R., Jansen, S., Chaparro, A., Hakansson, N., Patterson, J., & Jorgensen, M. (2015). Comparison of the SWAY Balance Mobile Application to the Abbreviated Balance Error Scoring System. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 7, 89-96. DOI: 10.3928/19425864-20150422-04.
  • Amick, R. Z., Chaparro, A., Patterson, J. A., & Jorgensen, M. J. (2015). Test-Retest Reliability of the SWAY Balance Mobile Application. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, 4(2), 40-47.
  • Chaparro, A. & Chaparro, M. (2017).  Applications of Color in Design and the Failure to Address the Needs of Color Deficient Users. Ergonomics in Design, 25(1), 23-30.
  • Jensen, S., & Chaparro, A. (In press). Effects of age on audiovisual speech perception. Multisensory Research.
  • Stone, N. J., Chaparro, A., Keebler, J. R., Chaparro, B. S., McConnell, D. S. (2017). Introduction to Human Factors: Applying Psychology to Design. Taylor & Francis Group
  • Sivagnanasundaram, N., Palmer, E., & and Chaparro, A. (2016). Examining Aviation Navigation Display Symbology in Visual Search.  Transportation Research Board: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, N0. 2600, 102-111. DOI: 10.3141/2600-11.

Lab Information

To learn more or to schedule an appointment to speak with a faculty member, contact:

Alex Chaparro, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Factors
Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd
Office 401.15
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Office number: 386-226-4826