Human-Computer Interaction

Human-computer interaction research investigates the ways in which users interact with technology and the design principles behind successful interactions. Scholars in this area employ experimental and qualitative methods to study numerous aspects of the user experience, including enjoyment, productivity, customization, usability, and the motivations underlying technology use. CRC researchers specialize in studying virtual reality, multitasking, dating apps, gamification, interface design, and artificially intelligent robots.


2019

Cummings, J., & Cahill, T. J. (2019, May). Effects of congruity on user presence in virtual environments: An experimental approach in three dimensions. Presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Katz, J. E., & Mays, K. (2019, April). Public attitudes about AI and VR’s role in American education: Prospects and concerns. Presented at Media – Knowledge – Education: Augmented and Virtual Realities, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Mays, K., & Caron, A. (2019, May). Breaching perpetual contact: Non-use of mobile and social media in everyday life. Presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Mays, K., & Caron, A. (2019, May). What technology gives and takes away: Non-use of mobile and social media in everyday life. Presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Mays, K., & Katz, J. E. (2019, April). Acceptance and gender perceptions of robots in a U.S. context. Should robots be our friends? Ethical and social scientific implications of the growing emotional engagement of humans with AI agents and robots. Presented at the Boston University Emerging Media Studies Spring 2019 Symposia, Boston, Massachusetts.

Mays, K., Krongard, S., & Katz, J. (2019, May). Robots revisited: Cyberdystopia, robotphobia, and social perceptions of robots in the evolving AI landscape. Presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Reeves, B., Ram, N., Robinson, T. N., Cummings, J., Giles, C. L., Pan, J., … Yeykelis, L. (2019). Screenomics: A framework to capture and analyze personal life experiences and the ways that technology shapes them. Human–Computer Interaction, 1-52. Advance online publication. (link)

Zhang, L., & Cummings, J. (2019, May). Out and abo(U)t: A multi-method study on the cognitive mechanisms of human efforts in detecting social media bot accounts. Presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

 

2018

Cahill, T. J. (2018, May). Dimensions of congruity in immersive virtual environments: A framework for the schematic processing of multimodal sensory cues. Paper presented at the conference of the International Society for Presence Researchers, Prague, Czech Republic.

Cummings, J. J. (2018, April). Mainstreaming virtual reality: Creating and maintaining psychological presence. Presented at the AR/VR Festival, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Cummings, J. J., & Mays, K. (2018, May). Trait motivation as a predictor of online dating app behavior. Poster presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Cummings, J. J., Tsay-Vogel, M., Cahill, T. J., & Zhang, L. (2018, May). Media-induced empathy: Effects of immersion and message relevance on affective, cognitive, and associative empathy via presence. Paper presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Cummings, J. J., & Wertz, B. (2018, May). Technological predictors of social presence: A foundation for a meta-analytic review and empirical concept explication. Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Workshop on Presence (Prague).

Elasmar, M. (2018, May). The impact of exposure to Facebook status updates on a user’s global cognitive distance. Paper presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Groshek, J. (2018). No, you probably don’t touch your phone 2,617 times per day: A rationale for the Journal of Communication Technology. Journal of Communication Technology, 1(1), 1-5. (link)

Katz, J. E. (2018, March). Emerging forms of life with social media and autonomous robots. Presented at Sorbonne Wittgenstein seminar, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Université, UFR de philosophie, Paris, France.

Katz, J. E. (2018, November). Getting to know you: What are the prospects for people’s emotional relationships with AI/robots? Invited speaker, Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Mays, K., & Cummings, J. J. (2018, May). Swiping ad nauseam? The influence of affective state vs. individual traits on Tinder. Paper presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Mays, K., & Katz, J. E. (2018, May). Possibility or peril? Perceptions of artificially intelligent automated agents. Presented at the 68th annual pre-conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Walsh, J., Andersen, B., Groshek, J., & Katz, J. E. (2018). Are you being served?: Communicating with power via mediated support channels. Media and Communication. (link)

Walsh, J., Andersen, B., Katz, J., & Groshek, J. (2018). Personal power and agency when dealing with interactive voice response systems and alternative modalities. Media and Communication, 6(3). (link)

Wertz, B., & Zhong, Q. (2018, May). Learning, doing, flow, and fun: Understanding relationships between difficulty, enjoyment and skill development in games. Poster presented at the 68th annual conference of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Zhong, Q., & Cummings, J. (2018, August). The effects of presence on responses to argument quality in a virtual environment. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

 

2017

Cahill, T., & Cummings, J. (2017, May). Communicating with users in virtual environments: Presence and modal factors. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Cummings, J. (2017, May). Consumer-level virtual reality and media multitasking: Competing trends. Presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Cummings, J., Yeykelis, L., & Reeves, B. (2017, May). The fragmentation of media tasks on a laptop computer: Moment-by-moment analysis of task-switching and writing performance. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Groshek, J. (2017, December). The revolution will be streaming: How user agency, algorithms, and mobility are transforming media and reshaping media effects. Featured speaker, University of Minnesota.

Gui, M., Shanahan, J., Tsay-Vogel, M., & Stanca, L. (2017, May). Surfing in Funland: Digital overabundance, media consumption, and choice satisfaction. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Katz, J. E. (2017, November). Social media and human emotions: What do we do with our communication devices, and what do they do to us? Presented at ISONEC (First International Social Networks Conference), São Paulo, Brazil.

Katz, J. E. (2017, September). The next step in emerging media: Emotional machines and affordances. Keynote address at Peking University Symposium on Emerging Media. Beijing, PRC.

Katz, J. E. (2017, May). Artificial intelligence, machines and platforms. Chair of panel at the International Communication Association annual meeting, San Diego, CA.

Medeiros, M., & Cummings, J.. (2017, May). Polarization and technological selective exposure: A new exploration of de facto selective exposure. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Yeykelis, L., Cummings, J. J., & Reeves, B. (2017). The fragmentation of work, entertainment, e-mail, and news on a personal computer: Motivational predictors of switching between media content. Media Psychology, 1-26. (link)

Yeykelis, L., Cummings, J., & Reeves, B. (2017, May). The fragmentation of work, entertainment and social relationships on a personal computer: Motivational predictors of switching between media content. Paper presented at the 67th annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

 

2015

Cummings, J. J., & Bailenson, J. N. (2015). How immersive is enough? A meta-analysis of the effect of immersive technology on user presence. Media Psychology, 19(2), 272-309 (link)

Cummings, J. (2015, October). Media without borders: Task-switching on personal computers. Presented in the Communication Research Colloquium Series, Boston University.

Halpern, D., & Katz, J. E. (2015). Can virtual museums motivate students? Towards a constructivist learning approach. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 24(6), 776-788. (link)

Katz, J. E., Halpern, D., Crocker, E. T. (2015). In the company of robots: Views of acceptability of robots in social settings. In J. Vincent, S. Taipale, B. Sapio, L. Fortunati & G. Lugano (Eds.), Social Robots from a Human Perspective (pp. 25-38). New York: Springer. (link)