Charles R. Crowell

Charles R. Crowell

Professor and Director, Computing & Digital Technologies Program (CDT)

Ph.D., The University of Iowa 

  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

(574) 631-6660

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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eMotion and eCognition Lab

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Prof. Crowell currently is a professor in the Department of Psychology. He also directs the Computing & Digital Technologies Program, an information technology-related minor in the College of Arts & Letters. Along with his empirical and theoretical work on basic mechanisms of learning and motivation, Prof. Crowell has been involved for some time in applications of psychology and technology to learning, productivity, and performance improvement in organizations. As part of this work, he has investigated how technology can be used to augment human performance in various learning and work settings. 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 underlying human movement and imitation to the ways in which humans interact with and are influenced by modern technological tools and devices.

Recent Publications

Zenk, J., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M., Kaboski, J., Tang, K., & Diehl, J.J. (in press). Robotics education for non-engineers: Two initiatives.  Journal of Human Robot Interaction.  IF = not available.

O’Brien, K., Crowell, C. R., & Schmeideler, J. P. (in press).  Error Augmentation Feedback for Lateral Weight Shifting. Gait & Posture. IF = 2.75

Kennedy, M. W., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M., & Schmiedeler, J. P. (2016). Effects of Filtering the Center of Pressure Feedback Provided in Visually Guided Mediolateral Weight Shifting.  Plos One. IF = 3.53.

Hantula, D. A., & Crowell, C. R. (2015).  Matching and Behavioral Contrast in a Two-Option Repeated Investment Simulation.  Managerial and Decision Economics. doi: 10.1002/mde.2717  IF = 1.904.

Oomiyale, O., Crowell, C. R., & Madhavan, S. (2015).  Effects of Wii-based balance training on corticomotor excitability post stroke. Journal of Motor Behavior, 47(3),190-200. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2014.971699  IF = 1.418.

Cunningham, T., Crowell, C., Alger, S., Villano, M., Mattingly, S., and Payne, J. (2014). Sleep’s role in the depotentiation of psychophysiological reactivity and its relationship to subsequent memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 114, 155-164IF = 4.035.

Christen, M., Villano, M., Narvaez, D., Serrano, J., & Crowell C. R. (2014). Measuring the moral impact of operating “drones” on pilots in combat, disaster management, and surveillance. Proceedings of the Twenty Second European Conference on Information Systems, acceptance rate=.23.

Kaboski, J.R., Diehl, J.J., Beriont, J., Crowell, C.R., Villano, M., Wier, K., & Tang, K. (2014).  Brief Report:  A pilot summer robotics camp to reduce social anxiety and improve social/vocational skills for adolescents with ASD and their peers.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2153-3.  IF=2.96.

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.

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.