Chaos and complexity are a set of mathematical constructs that describe how systems change over time. We use these principles to inform theory and experiments on psychological topics. To see some of the basic ideas involving chaos and complexity, please visit the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences website.
This year (2009-10) we have designed and conducted an experiment on the topic of cognitive workload and fatigue. We are currently analyzing the data and planning to design further experiments on cognitive workload and fatigue for 2010-11.
Other chaos and complexity topics in the recent past have involved the emergence of leaders from groups that perform different types of tasks, and group coordination dynamics. Some of the ideas are relevant to emergence response situations.
Another project on the horizon involves testing and demonstrating a new computer program that will allow us to recognize patterns that could be found in chaotic data, such as in the analysis of human conversations. The near-term timetable for this project depends on what can get accomplished by the end of the summer.
E-mail Dr. Stephen Guastello to get more information about his research and the position.