Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Chen Yu

ProfessorPh.D., University of Rochester

Charles and Sarah Seay Regents Professor of Developmental Psychology
Chen Yu



Development and Learning, Language Acquisition, Perception and Action, Visual Attention, Social Interaction, Computer Vision, Machine Learning


PSY 394S • Computatl Behavioral Sci-Wb

43020 • Spring 2021
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

Seminars in Developmental Psychology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.


PSY 341K • Natrl Human Beh N Real Wrld-Wb

41438 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

"Natural Human Behavior in the Real World"

The field of psychological research has been largely influenced by the successful methods of experimental psychology in the 20th century. Many psychology findings have been obtained from simplified and controlled lab situations. However, it has become clear that many of those laboratory findings only hold true in the deprived laboratory conditions but cannot be generalized and replicated in the real world. The goal of this course is to train students in a number of fundamental skills that they will use to conduct psychological research “in the wild” to examine and understand human behavior in complex real-world environments. With a hands-on training approach, students will learn how to design experiments that will be conducted in the real world, how to use mobile sensing technology to collect behavioral data, and how to discover behavioral patterns by analyzing fine-grained data. Students will conduct a behavioral study with the aim to provide research evidence to overcome the challenges that the real world poses, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on campus life. Potential research ideas include, for example, pedestrian visual attention to maintain social distancing, student attention assessment during on-line versus in-person instruction, and effectiveness of in-vivo versus simulation training.

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