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Timothy Brick

address: 231 HHD Building
location: Health and Human Development
phone: 814.865.4868
department: Human Development and Family Studies


The Rapport Project

Our lab is interested in the way in which people interact, specifically how people establish rapport with one another. The Rapport Project consists of an ongoing series of studies that will help us understand the social construct of ‘rapport.’ We emphasize the role of technology in the process of data collection and real time intervention. Future studies of the Rapport Project will involve the use of facial avatars both for analysis and real time manipulation within the course of the conversation. Research assistants will synthesize relevant literature, develop study questionnaires, recruit participants, and manage data. Interested RAs may be able to design and run their own studies and analyses as well.

Number of undergraduates needed: 4
Minimum qualifications: All RA’s are expected to attend weekly lab meetings and perform lab tasks for a minimum of 3 hours per week.

Computational Tools for Real-Time Science

We are bringing online a new behavioral science lab applying technological solutions to answer questions in the behavioral sciences. I'm interested in students with programming skills who are interested in building and applying tools for face- and gesture-tracking, computer-generated avatars, virtual reality, wearable technology (like Fitbits and Pebble watches) to try to understand the way people act in everyday life, and to intervene to help them be better.

Number of undergraduates needed: 2
Minimum qualifications: Programming experience and interest in working with one or more of: statistical analysis, wearables, or computer vision/computer graphics.