• New Research

    Online Interviews

    A meta-analysis by WAVE Lab members Nikki Blacksmith, Jon Willford, and Tara Behrend shows that video interviews are worse for candidates.

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  • TAKE THE SURVEY

    How Well Do You Fit With Your Job?

    WAVE Lab has partnered with TIME Magazine to conduct a study about vocational interests and aspirations.

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  • WAVE Lab Presentations at

    SIOP 2016

    WAVE lab members will be presenting their research at SIOP 2016 in Anaheim, CA.

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  • Online Learning

    Understanding Training Motivation

    Dr. Behrend and WAVE Alumnus Garett Howardson recently published work in The International Journal of Training and Development and Academy of Management: Learning and Education.

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  • Big Data and

    ICTs for Human Development

    A new white paper co-authored by WAVE Lab Director Dr. Tara Behrend describes the opportunities and challenges of big data for human development.

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Welcome to WAVE LabWorkplaces and Virtual Environments


We focus on the psychological implications of a digitally connected world of work.



Some Projects We Are Working On


Animated Intelligent Agents

WAVE lab research has been focused on understanding how animated intelligent agents and avatars can change or impact training and selection.

Learner Controlled Training

Learners in computer-based training may be allowed greater amounts of control over the training’s instructional and scheduling features. Our research examines the dimensionality and effects of learner controlled training on learning and training reactions.

Technology-Mediated Interviews

Technology is rapidly changing how employment interviews are being conducted. Several WAVE lab projects are looking at the psychological impact of technology on both applicants and interviewers.