Dr. Behrend Discusses Future of Work on APA Podcast


Dr. Behrend recently spoke with Kaitlin Luna from the American Psychological Association’s podcast, Speaking of Psychology. In this episode, Luna and Behrend discuss technological trends and their effects on workers’ thoughts and behavior. As automation, artificial intelligence, and employee surveillance have become increasingly popular, ethical concerns and uncertainties surrounding the future of work exist. Dr. Behrend discusses these concerns while highlighting some recent findings from the WAVE lab. To listen or read a transcript of the podcast, click here.

New Research: Electronic Performance Monitoring


Interested in employee surveillance? A new paper from WAVE lab members Dan Ravid, Dave Tomczak, Jerod White, and Dr. Behrend offers a comprehensive review and research agenda for electronic performance monitoring (EPM) research. EPM refers to the use of technology to observe, record, and analyze information about employee behavior. Organizations use EPM in many forms, such as video surveillance systems, internet activity trackers, GPS trackers, and wearable safety monitors. In their paper, the authors propose a theory-based typology with four broad characteristics (i.e., purpose, invasiveness, synchronicity, and transparency) to describe the many forms of EPM that exist. To read the paper recently published in the Journal of Management, click here.

WAVE Research at Technology, Mind, and Society Conference


WAVE lab members Brad Pitcher and Dave Tomczak recently presented their research at the Technology, Mind, and Society conference in Washington D.C on October 3-5, 2019. Brad’s presentation (on 10/4), “Improving Student Attitudes and Performance in STEM through Virtual Reality and Constructive Feedback” explored the benefits of using virtual reality technologies in educational contexts. Dave’s presentation (on 10/5), “I Didn’t Agree to These Terms: Electronic Performance Monitoring Violates the Psychological Contract” focused on how the practice of electronic performance monitoring can violate workers’ expectations from their organization.

Human-Machine Collaboration

Lab member Jon Willford recently wrote about human-machine collaboration:


“Algorithms are increasingly used in assessment methods and technologies. The word algorithm is used colloquially in different ways, but in this context it generally refers to computer programs that utilize complex statistical models to combine tens, hundreds, or even thousands of variables to predict an outcome (e.g. job performance) or automate a process (e.g. eliminate unqualified applicants).


But although algorithms clearly have the potential to increase our ability to make better decisions, industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists and those in related fields have yet to fully consider how to optimize the collaboration between human decision makers and algorithmic decision aids. Viewing the human–algorithm relationship as a collaboration is fitting because better decision-making outcomes are possible when both are involved rather than when making decisions separately.”


Read the rest of the article at:


Technology and Employee Behavior


Congratulations to friend of the lab Dr. Richard N. Landers for his new book “The Cambridge Handbook of Technology and Employee Behavior”.


This book also features two chapters written by WAVE Lab members:

  • Chapter 25 – “Electronic Surveillance” – Written by David Tomczak and Dr. Behrend
  • Chapter 28 – “Lost in the Crowd; Crowdsourcing as a Research Method” – Written by Dr. Behrend and Daniel Ravid

I/O In Amsterdam

Over Spring Break, Dr. Behrend and a group of students traveled to Amsterdam to learn more about the changing nature of work.


During their stay they visited:

    • MX3D – a robotic additive manufacturing technology developer.
    • Signal – a strategic consulting firm.
    • Hempel – a provider of protective coating solutions.


2019 Technology Mind and Society Conference

The annual Technology Mind and Society (TMS) conference will be taking place this year between 03-October-2019 and 05-October-2019 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC.


Take advantage of this opportunity to join scientists, practitioners, policymakers, industry leaders, and students from around the world for three days to gain insights from experts in the field. More Conference Info Here


Congrats Sarah and Ian!

Congratulations to Sarah Zarsky and Ian Siderits, who have both been accepted to top Ph.D. programs for Fall 2019!


Sarah has been accepted into the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at George Mason University, and Ian has been accepted into the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at North Carolina State University.


We wish you both the best!


Dr. Behrend Visits APA HQ

Dr. Behrend visited APA headquarters to talk about the implications of a technology-enabled workforce; specifically, she discussed WAVE Lab research concerning the effects of electronic surveillance on workers and met with APA leadership to discuss the ways that applied psychology can interface with future of work issues.


2019 John Flanagan Award Recipient


Ian Siderits – along with his co-authors Jerod White,  Sarah Zarsky, Dan Ravid, and Dr. Behrend – have been selected to receive the 2019 John Flanagan Award for the best student contribution at the annual Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference.


Their poster, “Twenty Years of Technology at SIOP: Are I-O Psychologists Lagging?” examines the timeliness of technology research at SIOP conferences since 1998.

– Click Here For More Details About This Poster –



Siderits, I., White, J., Ravid, D., Zarsky, S., & Behrend, T. (2019, April). Twenty Years of Technology at SIOP: Are I-O Psychologists Lagging? Poster to be presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, National Harbor, MD.