Research Interests: My goal as a clinical research scientist is to use empirical studies to answer both theoretical and pragmatic questions about optimizing functioning in older adults. My research interests span and integrate several important areas, including clinical psychology, health psychology, cognitive aging, and lifespan development.
The main focus of Dr. Weiss’ research is on understanding the experience of working, especially in an immediate, first person sense. This includes interest in emotional states, focus of attention, episodic structures of personal experience, and sense of self and agency at work.
More information can be found on the website of the Work Experience Lab.
The fundamental premise of my work is that computational models from cognitive psychology and cognitive science can be adapted to provide testable process models of decision-making phenomena and optimized to support the decision-making of professionals. I direct the Decision Processes Laboratory (DPL). The DPL utilizes a range of experimental methodologies (behavioral, eye-tracking, EEG) and computational techniques (statistical, mathematical, neural networks) to investigate decision-making phenomena.
The overarching theme of my research is interactionism—the belief that human behavior is inherently a function of individuals and the situations they experience. Thus, my specific streams of research focus on better understanding individuals and situations at work in mutually commensurate ways.
Historically, most of the work in my lab has centered around cognitive aging: What happens to people's minds as they grow older? Much of my meta-analytic work on boils down to the question of the dimensionality of cognitive aging: Does it all go together when it goes? Our current experimental work on aging focuses on cognitive control.
Dr. Christopher Stanzione is an Educational Psychologist who is interested in the scientific study of human learning. He focuses on how students best acquire new skills and knowledge as they learn, and helps develop and refine instructional methods and materials to enhance the classroom learning experience. Moreover, Dr. Stanzione is interested in studying language and cognitive development in both at-risk and deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
My research investigates how early childhood social and linguistic experiences can shape developing biological systems such as visual attention and self-regulation. Specifically, my work focuses on gaze following and other visual engagement behaviors observed in the population of deaf and hearing children who are acquiring signed language from infancy. Through support from the National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning, I have been able to pursue these research topics using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and am also developing
My early research examined neural mechanisms of sensory-based recollections. I have also become interested in understanding how memory operates under varying demands on attention, and how we arrive at decisions that are based on our memories and perceptions. The lab has been studying perceptual decision making in order to identify neural signals related to different stages of the decision process. We have recently been building from our early research in this area to study how memory, attention, and decision-making abilities change in healthy aging.