Human-Computer Interaction Lab


The Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Connecticut is focused on how the interface influences person perception and perceptions of the media. Ongoing projects in person perception focus on how people use the features of the interface and information provided within the interaction in the person perception process. Other projects explore the causes and influences of presence while working to clarify the meaning and measurement of the dimensions of presence. Finally, projects in communication technology design are focused on both the design and evaluation of systems to enhance people's ability to learn from technology and to meet their interaction goals.



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Kristine L. Nowak, Associate Professor and Director, HCI Lab
Saraswathi Bellur, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, HCI Lab
Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, HCI Lab

John Christensen, Assistant Professor, affiliated faculty
Kirstie Farrar, Associate Professor, affiliated faculty
Mark Hamilton, Professor, affiliated faculty

Kara McGillicuddy, Ph.D. student
Adam Rainear, M.A. student
Dana Rogers, Ph.D. student
Brenda Rourke, Ph.D. student


Watt, J., Hamilton, M. A., Nowak, K. L., & Christensen, J. (Accepted September 2015). Serious Game, Serious Results: A Case Study with Evidence. Journal of Computer Games and Communication.

Bellur, S., Nowak, K. L., & Hull, K. (2015). Make it our time: In class multitaskers have lower academic performance. Computers in Human Behavior. 53, 63-70. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.06.027.

Nowak, K. L., Fox, J., & Ranjit, Y. (2015). Inferences About Avatars: Sexism, Appropriateness, Anthropomorphism, and the Objectification of Female Virtual Representations. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication. 20(5), 554–569. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12130.

Nowak, K., Watt, J., & Walther, J. B. (2004, January). Contrasting Time Mode and Sensory Modality in the Performance of Computer Mediated Groups Using Asynchronous Videoconferencing. Paper presented at the HICCS'04 - 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kona, HI, USA. IEEE Press.

Nowak, K., & Biocca, F. (2003). The Effect of the Agency and Anthropomorphism on Users’ Sense of Telepresence, Copresence, and Social Presence in Virtual Environments. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 12(5), pp. 481-494. MIT Press.

Kalnova, S. (2003). The Impact Of User's Goals On The Attitude To The Online Advertising. Unpublished Thesis, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Nowak, K. (2003). Sex categorization in CMC: Exploring the utopian promise. Media Psychology, 5(1). P. 83-104.

Snyder, J. (2003). Deindividuation and the Role of Self-Disclosures in Computer-Mediated Communication. Unpublished Thesis. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Coman, E., & Rauh, C. (2003, May). The Impact of Imagination on Computer Mediated Telepresence. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Cornetto, K., & Nowak, K. (2003, May). Utilizing Usernames for Sex Categorization in CMC: Examining Perceptions and Accuracy. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Nowak, K., & Krcmar, M. (2003, May). Improving computer efficacy and perceptions of technology related careers in the classroom: A case study. Paper to be presented at the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Nowak, K. & Watt, J. (2003, May). Examining Group Performance and Interaction Satisfaction in Asynchronous Videoconferencing versus Face-to-Face Communication. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Biocca, F., & Nowak, K. (2002). Plugging your body into the telecommunication system: Mediated Embodiment, Media Interfaces, and Social Virtual Environments. In D. Atkin & C. Lin (Eds.), Communication Technology and Society (pp. 407-447). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Nowak, K. (2002). Conceptualizing, Differentiating and Measuring Copresence and Social Presence. Panel presented at the International Communication Association, Seoul, Korea.

Watt, J., Walther, J., & Nowak, K. (2002, January). Asynchronous Videoconferencing: A Hybrid Communication Prototype. Proceedings of the HICSS'02 - 35th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, USA.

Kalnova, S., & Nowak, K. (2001, September). Personalizing Online Advertising: Considering the Influence of User's Goals. Paper presented at the Experiential E-Commerce Conference, East Lansing, MI, USA.

Eastin, M. S., Nowak, K., & Whitten, P. (2000, November). Integrating Chatroom Technology in a Large Classroom Setting: A Case Study assessing application, use, and implications. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA, USA.