The Performance Research Laboratory (PeRL) primarily studies human vigilance and individual differences. There are two general programs of research conducted within the lab:
- The study of individual differences as they relate to performance, workload, and stress associated with performing vigilance tasks
- Advances in signal detection theory (specifically, fuzzy signal detection theory–FSDT). Most of our research focuses on tasks involving signal/threat detection (e.g., friend/foe identification, shoot/no-shoot decisions in law enforcement and military scenarios).