Bella Z. Veksler

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Evaluating and modeling human performance on even simple tasks requires a great deal of attention to millisecond-level cognitive and perceptual-motor operations. Modeling human performance in a task often requires that special care be taken to understand how these millisecond level operations are interleaved and how they evolve during the execution of the(More)
Sustaining attention is a problem many of us face in various settings from the workplace to school. Sustaining attention is often crucial for good performance. Vigilance decrement refers to a decline in task performance as time on task increases. The current study induces a vigilance decrement across 2000 trials of a monotonous task. In this study each(More)
Currently, theories of judgment and decision-making lack predictive and explanatory power when it comes to the cost of information acquisition. We ran two studies intended to determine how factors that affect immediate interactive behavior influence decision-making. In particular, we varied the duration a participant had to wait before a value would appear.(More)
Human experimentation is a necessity for many disciplines from cognitive science to usability testing. Gigabytes of data are often collected during a typical study. In most cases, especially in complex task environments, it is up to the researcher to develop the data extraction tools necessary to make sense of the data. We have developed ProtoMatch (Myers &(More)
Research on sleep loss and vigilance both focus on declines in cognitive performance, but theoretical accounts have developed largely in parallel in these two areas. In addition, computational instantiations of theoretical accounts are rare. The current work uses computational modeling to explore whether the same mechanisms can account for the effects of(More)
Visual working memory (VWM) is a construct hypothesized to store a small amount of accurate perceptual information that can be brought to bear on a task. Much research concerns the construct's capacity and the precision of the information stored. Two prominent theories of VWM representation have emerged: slot-based and continuous-resource mechanisms. Prior(More)
There is no doubt that fatigue plays an important role in driver performance and potential crashes. One way to understand the effects of fatigue on driving performance that has not been rigorously explored is to use cognitive modeling as a performance predictor. In this paper, we integrate existing models of driving and fatigue to make a general model of(More)
Visual working memory (VWM) is a construct hypothesized to store a small amount of accurate perceptual information that can be brought to bear on a task. Much research concerns the construct's capacity and the precision of the information stored. Two prominent theories of VWM representations have emerged: slot-based and continuous-resource mechanisms. Prior(More)
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