I received my PhD in Sensory Psychology in 1999 from Indiana University, and completed post-doctoral training at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I came to UCF in 2007 after a stint as part of the Human Factors Psychology faculty at Wichita State University. At UCF I am affiliated with the Technology and Aging Lab, where I conduct basic and applied perception/action research.


  • Sosa, A., Simon, G., Sweetman, R., Rupp, M.A., & McConnell, D.S. (2015). Casual video games as a method to reduce stress and improve mood. Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Wiltshire, T.J., Lobato, E.J.C., McConnell, D.S., & Fiore, S.M. (2015). Prospects for direct social perception: A multi-theoretical integration to further the science of social cognition. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.01007
  • Rupp, M.A., McConnell, D.S., & Smither, J.A. (2015). Examining the relationship between action video game experience and performance in a distracted driving task. Current Psychology, 1-21, doi: 10.1007/s12144-015-9318-x
  • Rupp, M.A., Oppold, P., & McConnell, D.S. (2015). Evaluating input device usability as a function of task difficulty in a tracking task. Ergonomics, 58(5), 722-735.
  • McConnell, D.S. (2013). Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Psychology, 3rd ed. Dubuque: IA: Kendall-Hunt.
  • Bohan, M., McConnell, D.S., Chaparro, A., & Thompson, S.G. (2010).  The effects of visual magnification and physical movement scale on the manipulation of a tool with indirect vision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 16(1), 33-44.
  • Thompson, S.G., McConnell, D.S., Slocum, J. & Bohan, M. (2007). Kinematic analysis of multiple constraints on a pointing task. Human Movement Science, 26, 11-26. 

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