Charles R. Crowell

Charles R. Crowell

Associate Professor and Director, CAPP

Ph.D., The University of Iowa 

  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

(574) 631-6660

126 Haggar Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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eMotion and eCognition Lab

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Dr. Crowell has been involved for some time in applications of psychology and technology to learning, productivity, and performance improvement in real-world settings. As part of this work, he has investigated how technology can be used to augment human performance in various learning and work environments. Prof. Crowell oversees the eMotion and eCognition lab at Notre Dame that is devoted to investigating a spectrum of psychological phenomena ranging from the basic mechanisms associated with movement and imitation to the ways in which humans interact with and are influenced by technology and artificial entities such as robots or avatars. Current interdisciplinary collaborative technology projects include research on the use of humanoid robots in therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the use of the Nintendo Wii-fit platform for rehabilitation of balance disorders resulting from neurotrama.

Dr. Crowell has taught courses in introductory psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, learning, performance improvement techniques, educational technology, and computer methods. He is the former Director of the Cognitive Psychology program in the Department, and also currently is Director of the Computer Applications Program (CAPP) for the College of Arts & Letters

Recent Publications

Crowell, C. R. (2012). What does JOBM want to be when it grows up? Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 32(2), 127-130. IF=1.23

Crowell, C. R., Moskal, J. R. Burgdorf, J., & Panksepp, J. (2013). Top down causation in the brain: Some promises and challenges. In G. Auletta, I. Colage, & M. Jeannerod (Eds.). Brains top down: Is top-down causation challenging neuroscience? London: World Scientific, pp. 197-230.

Hayes, C. J., Crowell, C. R., & Riek, L. D. (2013). Automatic processing of irrelevant co-speech gestures with human but not robot actors. Proceedings of the 6th ACM IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Tokyo, Japan: ACM/IEEE. H5-index=32; acceptance rate=.20

Kennedy, M. W., Crowell, C. R., Striegel, A. D., Villano, M., & Schmiedeler, J. P. (2013). Relative efficacy of various strategies for visual feedback in standing balance activities. Experimental Brain Research, 230(1), 117-125. IF=2.21

Van Bruggen, D., Liu, S., Kajzer, M., Striegel, A., Crowell, C. R., & D'Arcy, J. (2013). Modifying smartphone user locking behavior. In Proceedings of the Ninth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (full paper). ACM. acceptance rate =29%.

Newkirk, J. T. , Tomsic, M., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M. A., & Michael M. Stanisic, M. M. (2013). Measurement and Quantification of Gross Human Shoulder Motion. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics. IF=0.483  10, 159–173. DOI 10.3233/ABB-140083. IF=0.483.

Diehl, J.J., Crowell, C.R., Villano, M., Wier, K., Riek, L., & Tang, K. (2014). The clinical applications of robots in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In V.B. Patel, V.R. Preedy, and C.R. Martin (Eds.), A comprehensive guide to autism. Springer Publishing.

Kajzer, M., D'Arcy, J., Crowell, C. R., Striegel, A., Van Bruggen, D. (2014).An Exploratory Investigation of Message-Person Congruence in Security Awareness Campaigns. Computers & Security. 43, 64-76. IF = 1.158.

Kajzer, M. D., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M., Segerson, J., & Zenk, J. (under review). Using Chat Utterances to Predict Participant Classification as Pseudo-Child or Sexual Offender. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. IF = 1.842.