San José State University  Department of Psychology

Virtual Environments, Cognition, & Training Research Laboratory

Welcome to the VECTR Lab

About Us

The members of the Virtual Environments, Cognition, and Training Research (VECTR) Lab at SJSU work to improve individual and team performance in complex work settings. We are an applied experimental human factors psychology laboratory focused on improving the fit between people and the high-technology environments in which they work.

Research Areas

We are investigating human-technology interaction in a number of domains:

Cognitive Factors in Cybersecurity

Photograph of an ethernet cable We are taking a multidisciplinary approach to improving the security of computer networks. Our investigations focus on understanding the knowledge needed by those who maintain computer networks and how training and system design can improve situation awareness (SA), reduce workload, and maintain security.

Situation Awareness in Human-Robot Interaction

Drawing of a robot We are investigating how future robot systems can support situation awareness (SA) when working collaboratively with people. Our research examines the conditions under which robots improve or hinder SA given real-world constraints of robot capability, robot reliability, and unaided human performance.

Video Game Experience and Human Performance

Video game start button Evidence suggests that short- and long-term video game play improves performance on a variety of tasks. What kinds of games lead to improvements on military and occupational tasks? How can these qualities be leveraged for use in simulation-based training?