Contact & Location


Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center (832 Ash St.)
2nd Floor & Basement
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710


Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043


The Human Factors program at the University of Idaho currently has a total of more than 2,000 square feet of lab space providing access to cutting edge technology and sophisticated equipment used in human factors research. The department also has a graduate student office space with computers available to students for data analysis and typical office functions.


The Idaho Child Safety Lab

  • Location: Forney Hall 003
    • 225 square feet
  • Contains both eye-tracking technology and a sound booth for auditory studies.
    • Eye tracking: ASL EYE-TRAC6 System with remote desk-mounted tracking. The system uses an infrared beam to track head position so that the person doesn't have to lock their head into a device to hold it still.
    • Sound booth: 4x4 feet, lined with fabric for visual isolation, insulated with foam and fabric sound-deadening material, equipped with two 5-inch powered studio monitors, sound is controlled externally by the researcher.
  • Physiological measures (heart rate, electrodermal response).
  • Several GPS trackers for use in real-world behavioral data collection

Cognition and Usability Lab

  • Location: Student Health Center 009
    • 280 square feet
    • 130 square feet for main lab facility but can be reconfigured.
    • 150 square feet used as graduate student office and meeting space.
  • Equipment includes:
    • 1-Wacom Cintiq 24” graphics tablet with multi-touch capability
    • 2-iMac 24” personal computers
    • 1-Tobii eye-tracker X2-60
    • 1-Windows computer workstation running ePrime II for time-critical experiments

Evolved Navigation

  • Location: Student Health Center 014
    • 390 square feet
  • Houses immersive single-user virtual reality capacities.
  • Equipment includes:
    • 1 NVIS SX60 Head Mounted Display 60 degree field of view with integrated sound across virtual environments
    • 4 camera PPTX and InertiaCube system
    • Vizard VR software
    • High-end liquid-cooled rendering computer with a solid state drive and state of the art graphics capacities
    • 1 older Kaiser PV-60 head-mounted stereo display (FOV 45 degrees) and Intersense 300 head tracking.

Mind in Motion Lab

  • Location: Forney Hall 001
    • 280 square feet
  • Includes a large open space equipped with an 8-camera Vicon Bonita motion capture system and the Motion Monitor integration package.
  • Allows collection of three-dimensional position data from passive reflective markers on the body and allows for real time generation of a model of the human body in motion.

Psychophysics Lab 1
  • Location: Memorial Gym B46A
    • 700 square feet
  • Bay 1 of the simulation lab hosts the Driving Simulator and includes:
    • NADS (National Advanced Driving Simulator, U of Iowa) seven channel MiniSim driving simulator (3 forward view, 1 dashboard display, 3 rear view mirrors)
    • Total forward field-of-view 135° (front-projection screens)
    • 3 high-resolution data projectors for the forward view
    • 1 fully instrumented Chevy S10 cab with 3D sound
    • 3 LCD displays for dash display and side mirrors
    • Pedals for breaking and acceleration
    • Steering wheel with switches and gear shifter
    • 1 60” Plasma screen for the center rear view or alternatively
    • 1 “Flight Seat” with controls suitable for aviation simulation
    • 1 host PC for simulation control using our in-house-developed ViEWER simulation software using the same front projection setup
  • Bay 2 of the simulation lab is set aside to be equipped with:
    • 1 process control simulation station (for INL Alarm Dashboard project)
    • 3 large-screen monitors and 1 server running the process control simulation software currently developed in house (to be installed Spring 2013).
  • Lab also includes:
    • 5 PCs for office applications (data analysis, manuscript writing)
    • Apparatus for “Human Water Maze” for spatial cognition experiments

Psychophysics Lab 2
  • Location: Student Health Center 016D
    • 250 square feet
  • Painted flat black with black carpeting to control reflections for visual psychophysics experiments.
  • Equipment includes:
    • Contains the Flight simulator with high-resolution 54" diagonal rear-projection enclosure with NEC high-resolution/fast phosphor CRT projector
    • 2 large (60” diagonal) rear projection cabinets with high-resolution and fast-phosphor NEC CRT projectors (1 of which is currently inoperable).
    • 2 graphics workstations capable of generating high quality 3D graphics for our simulations
    • 1 host computer for controlling simulations
    • 1 ASL head mounted eye-head tracking system that also can be used for measurement of pupil diameter with its own dedicated computer
    • Sensors and amplifiers for monitoring heart rate, breathing rate, and skin conductance (on loan from WSU Psych Department due to faculty adjunct status there)
    • 1 file server with redundant back-up systems
    • 1 height-adjustable participant seat with various controls (joysticks, steering wheels, etc.)
    • Flock of Birds magnetic head tracking system and IS-300 3DOF inertial tracking system.