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

The lab's area of research includes display interpretability, evidence based training programs, instructor tools and strategies, and team performance and training techniques. They 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 examine aviation weather display interpretability and the implications for general aviation pilot training.

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

Location: COAS 401.28

Lab Director: Dr. Beth Blickensderfer

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