RIOT LabRelationship and Interaction Optimization in Teams

Current Projects


Artemis Laboratory Team Study
This study uses a multi-player, cooperative computer game designed to be played by three or more individuals who, in order to accomplish game objectives, must work together while on different computers. Players interact in a virtual space environment while performing their individual roles. Participants are randomly assigned one of the roles within a team: Helm, Weapons, or Science/Engineering. Each of these roles plays a unique and specific part in the mission and, to be successful, it is necessary for the team members in different roles to work together. This study aims to examine a variety of team composition variables, emergent states, and processes that contribute to effective teamwork in short-term action teams.


Longitudinal Project Team Study
Students from various undergraduate engineering and research methods in psychology courses completed a series of surveys throughout each term while working on team-based projects. Projects involved team senior capstone projects and research methods in psychology team projects. Students are surveyed a minimum of three times while participating in semester long team-based projects for course credit. The participants are given an initial individual differences survey at the beginning of their team projects, followed by at least two additional team process surveys administered throughout a semester. This study, like the Artemis study, is aimed at examining a variety of compositional variables, emergent states, and processes that contribute to effective teamwork. However, this study provides the unique opportunity to examine these concepts in longer-term project teams so we can explore how they emerge and change over time.

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Army Research Institute (ARI) Trust across Cultures Grant
Interpersonal trust is a critical concern for all branches of the U.S. military, as warfighting and peacekeeping both require reliance upon the cooperation of others. Very little is known about how interpersonal trust functions in non-Western cultures despite an abundance of scientific knowledge on how to develop, maintain, and repair trust from a Western cultural standpoint. Therefore, the overarching aim of this Army Research Institute Early Career research program (contract #W911NF-16-1-0106) is to begin building and testing a theory of trust development, violation, and repair processes across cultures. An 18-month critical incident interview data collection effort aimed at grounded theory building was conducted, and now we are preparing for initial theory testing via a survey-based field study and a laboratory-based experiment. The grounded theory approach is a qualitative research approach intended to generate richly contextualized theory from data. The field survey study aims to generalize the model in a larger working adult sample, whereas the experiment aims to serve as an initial test of one or more causal assumptions from the theory. This research will expand the fundamental scientific knowledge regarding trust across cultures and provide a foundation for future studies of trust development, violation, and repair across cultures.

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