Virtual Reality: Research of virtual environments and specific user interfaces

There is increasing trend in use of virtual reality in many applied areas. In CEPCoS we explore the influence of specific virtual environments (VEs) on the human perception, decision-making and behavior. We describe and interpret wide context of human interaction with specific virtual environments or user interfaces. 


Cognitive Cartography - Cognitive processing in map reading, design and development

Empirical research of map design and virtual geovisualizations development stands in the focus of our research activities. Cognitive cartography focuses on the development and comparison of different forms of representation of geographic information. In this research line we optimize and  verify functionality of different visualizations with respect to their user friendliness and practical use.  


Visual Cognition: Information visualization

We explore different types of virtual visualizations and their influence on the cognitive processing of presented information. Particularly we focus on informationally equivalent visualizations presented in different UI setting. In series of experiments we compare different visualizations types with respect to user performance (easiness of completing task, task solving strategies, processing and interpretation of displayed information). The main issue is the perception and interaction with interactive 3D virtual visualizations. 


Psychological Assessment: HYPOTHESIS

In CEPCoS we developed (and still optimize) a web platform HYPOTHESIS which can be used for diverse types of psychological assessment. HYPOTHESIS utilizes advantages of computer adaptive testing paradigm and offers multipurpose platform for computerized testing of large groups of people. HYPOTHESIS allows to interconnect e.g. with Eye-tracking systems and opens wide possibilities for new trends in psychological assessment. 


Intercultural differences in perception and cognition

Another line of our research activities covers intercultural comparison of perceptual and cognitive characteristics of people from different cultures. Particularly, in internationa collaboration we explore the discourse of holistic and analytic perception in European and Asian population. For such purposes we developed original testing tools. 


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