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LEL Faculty Candidate Seminar

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When: February 9, 2016, 12:00 PM

Location: Researchers' Link, Discovery Building

Contact: 608-316-4483, egill@discovery.wisc.edu

Thomas Parsons

Thomas Parsons
University of North Texas

Simulation Technologies for Assessment & Training: Current and Future Prospects

This presentation  will review work done in the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation Laboratory of Dr. Thomas Parsons. Emphasis will be placed upon the potential of simulation technologies for enhanced assessment and training of neurocognitive and affective processes. Examples of current and past projects include: 1) a Virtual Classroom for differential diagnosis and social ski ls assessment/training for neurodevelopmental disorders; 2) a Virtual Apartment for assessing cognitive processes; 3) a Virtual Multiple Errands Test that is used for assessment of executive functioning; 4) artificially intelligent virtual humans; and 5) military relevant simulations (Virtual Iraqi/Afghani scenarios). Furthermore, there will be a discussion of the ways in which these projects may be implemented for funded projects that leverage resources already available in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in general and the Living Environments Lab in particular.

Thomas Parsons| Bio

Dr. Parsons is Associate Professor of Psychology and  Director  of  the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab at the University of North Texas. Prior to UNT he was an Assistant Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. His research in computational neuropsychology makes use of novel technologies (videogames; virtual reality; braincomputer interfaces) for neurocognitive and affective assessment. Dr. Parsons is a leading scientist in this area and he has been PI of 17 funded projects during his career and an investigator on an additional 13 funded projects (over $14 million in funding). He is currently CoPI on a Department of Defense funded ($998,888) grant that aims to develop AvatarAdministered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT). In addition to his social media patents for eHarmony.com’s Matching System, he has invented and validated a number of virtual realitybased neuropsychological assessments.He has over 100 publications and serves as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. His contributions to neuropsychology were recognized when he received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award. In 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.