• New Research:

    Person-Environment Fit

    New research by WAVE Director Tara Behrend and WAVE alumna Jessica Badger Darrow explores the construct of person-environment (PE) fit and provides evidence that it is best modeled as a formative construct.

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  • New Research:

    Video Killed the Interview Star

    New research by Wave lab members Ryan Horn and Tara Behrend shows evidence that video interviews may negatively impact job applicants.

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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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The WAVE (Workplaces and Virtual Environments) lab focuses on the psychological implications of a digitally connected world of work.  Our research spans a number of domains within the field of industrial-organizational psychology, as we seek to understand how people learn, interact, and perform with digital technologies.

Some Projects We Are Working On

Algorithms and Decision Making

Every aspect of our working lives have been transformed by algorithms. We are investigating how these algorithms change the way we make decisions and understand our professional selves.

Electronic Performance Monitoring

It is now possible for organizations to monitor employees in many ways, but this practice can also have unintended and negative effects. We are currently investigating how electronic monitoring affects employee well-being and behavior.

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.