Associate Professor and Director, CAPP
Ph.D., Iowa




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 Work

Crowell, C., Shermerhorn, P., Scheutz, M. & Villano, M. (2009). Social presence effects of gendered voice and robot entities: perceptions and preconceptions, Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, St. Louis, MO: IEEE-RSJ.

Villano, M., Crowell, C. R., Wier, K. Tang, K., Thomas, B., Shea, N., Schmitt,  L. M., & Diehl, J. J. (2011). DOMER: A Wizard of Oz Interface for Using Interactive Robots to Scaffold Social Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Proceedings of the 4th ACM IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Lausanne, Switzerland: ACM/IEEE.

Kennedy, M. W., Schmiedeler, J. P., Striegel, A. D., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M., & Kuitse, J.  (2011). Enhanced Feedback in Balance Rehabilitation using the Nintendo Wii Balance Board. Proceedings of the IEEE Healthcom 2011 - Technology Enabled Personalized Medicine, Columbia, Missouri: IEEE-Healthcom.

Biggs, A. T., Kreager, R. D., Gibson, B. S, Villano, M., & Crowell, C. R.  (in press). Semantic and affective salience: The role of meaning and preference in attentional capture and disengagement.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Crowell, C. R., Moskal, J. R. Burgdorf, J., & Panksepp, J. (in press). Top down causation in the brain: Some promises and challenges.  In G. Auletta, I. Colage, & M. Jeannerod (Eds.). A neuroscience approach to top down causation. Vatican City, IT: Vatican Press.

Crowell, C. R., Hantula, D. A., & McArthur, K.  (in press). From job analysis to performance management: A synergistic rapprochement to organizational effectiveness.  Invited submission for a special issue of Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Diehl, J. J., Schmitt, L. M., Villano, M., & Crowell, C. R. (in press). The clinical use of robots for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A critical review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2011.05.006.

Some Earlier Work

Anderson, D. C., Crowell, C. R., Hantula, D., & Siroky, L. (1989). Using task clarification and individual performance posting to increase cleaning in a student managed university bar. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Crowell, C. R., Anderson, D. C., Abel, D. M. & Sergio, J. P. (1988). Task clarification, performance feedback and social praise: Procedures for improving the customer service of bank tellers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Anderson, D. C., Crowell, C. R., Doman, M. & Howard, G. (1988). A systematic analyses of feedback, goal-setting, and work-contingent praise applied to a university hockey team. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Quintanar, L. R., Crowell, C. R., & Moskal, P. (1987). The interactive computer as. Sauter, and J. J. Hurrell, Jr. (Eds.), Social, Ergonomic and Stress Aspects of Work with Computers. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers.


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