Applied Cognition & Training Science Lab


The Applied Cognition and Training Science Lab investigates issues related to expertise and the science and practice of training.

Our work includes knowledge assessment, evidence based training programs, instructor tools and strategies, measures of training effectiveness, and team training techniques. We have tackled a variety of challenges in domains such as general aviation, military tasks, nursing, and process control.

The lab is currently working on a four-year FAA grant to develop assessments and training to increase general aviation pilots’ weather related knowledge and skills. Contact: Dr. Beth Blickensderfer.

Recent Publications/Grants/Presentations  (*indicates student author)

  • Blickensderfer, B., Lanicci, J., Guinn, T., Thomas, R., *King, J., & *Ortiz, Y. (under review). Assessing aviation weather knowledge in general aviation pilots:  Development of a Written Test.  Under review for publication in the International Journal of Aviation Psychology
  • Blickensderfer, E. A., Lanicci, J., *Vincent, M., *Thomas, R., & Smith, M. J., & *Cruit, J. (2015).   Training general aviation pilots for convective weather situations. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 86(10), 881-888. 
  • *Potter, B. A., Blickensderfer, E. L., Boquet, A. J. (2014).  Training monitoring skills in helicopter pilots.  Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 85, 543-549. 

Lab Information

Beth Blickensderfer, Ph.D.
Lab Location: COAS 401.28
Phone numbers: 386-323-8065
Email: blick488@erau.edu