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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Computational Modeling of Human Information Processing


Airman Systems Directorate, RHA/Training Division

RO# Location
13.15.02.B7362 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337905


Name E-mail Phone
Gunzelmann, Glenn 937.938.3554


This opportunity focuses on cognitive science research to improve our understanding of human information processing, behavior, and performance. The long-term goal is to develop software-based models of human cognition that can be used in a variety of ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of training (e.g., as synthetic teammates, tutors, or cognitively valid readiness tracking tools). To achieve these objectives, substantial research is required to understand the components of cognition and how they mesh together to enable the kinds of complex cognitive activities required to act in complex, dynamic environments. We are pursuing this long-term objective through the use of computational cognitive modeling, focused on (1) spatial information processing, (2) changes in cognitive performance resulting from fluctuations in alertness, (3) learning and forgetting, (4) visual attention, and (5) developing technologies that can allow for the creation of computational cognitive models of greatly increased scale and complexity than is currently typical in cognitive science research. We utilize a variety of research methodologies, including traditional empirical psychological research, eye tracking, EEG, cognitive model development using a cognitive architecture, validation of model performance through careful comparison to empirical human data, and development of quantitative theoretical mechanisms to account for important psychological phenomena. Some relevant publications can be found at



Gunzelmann, G, Lyon DR: Topics in Cognitive Science, 3(4): 741, 2011

Gunzelmann G, et al: Cognitive Science 33(5): 880, 2009

Gunzelmann, G, et al: Translational Issues in Psychological Science: 1, 2015


Computational model; Cognition; Cognitive science; Psychology; Cognitive architecture; Cognitive model; Spatial cognition; Fatigue;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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