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

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


  • Low-fidelity driving simulator
  • Tobii Eye Tracker

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

Location: COAS 401.26

Lab Director: Dr. Alex Chaparro

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email