Dr. D. A. Baker

Assistant Professor, Psychological Science

PsyTE Lab - Psychology, Technology, & Engineering.


Denise Baker's teaching and research focus encompasses psychology and emerging technology, human factors, engineering ethics, and perceptions and understanding of science and technology. The PsyTE lab (Psychology, Technology, and Engineering Lab) engages in interdisciplinary research directed toward S&T¿s Smart Living Signature Area. PsyTE lab research focuses on how concepts from cognitive and behavioral psychology can inform and be informed by the design, application, and infrastructure of smart systems.


Baker, D.A. (July, 2017). Wearables and User Interface Design: Impacts on Beliefs in Free Will. HCI International 2017, Vancouver, BC, July, 2017.

Silvestri, S., Baker, D.A.,  Dolce, V. (April, 2017). Integration of Social Behavioral Modeling for Energy Optimization in Smart Environments. In Proceedings of SocialSens’17, Pittsburgh, PA. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3055601.3055618

Baker, D. A. (2016). Self  “Sensor”ship: An interdisciplinary investigation of the persuasiveness, social implications, and ethical design of self-sensoring prescriptive applications. [dissertation]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Saks, M.J., Danvers, A., Wissler, R.L., Voytyuk, M., Williams, K., Baker, D.A., M. Votruba, A.M. (2016). Psychological Aspects of Food Biodesign. Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, 56(2), 165-181.

Baker, D.A., Ware, J.M, Schweitzer, N.J., Risko, E. F. (2015). Making sense of research on the neuroimage bias. Public Understanding of Science. doi: 10.1177/0963662515604975

Baker, D.A. (2014). The ‘second place’ problem: assistive technology in sports and defining normal. Science and Engineering Ethics 22(1), 93-110. doi: 10.1007/s11948-015-9629-1

Baker, D.A. (2014). Bound to be ‘normal’: assistive technology, fair opportunity, and athletic excellence. Conference proceedings 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics. Chicago, IL. doi: 10.1109/ETHICS.2014.6893420

Baker, D.A., Schweitzer, N.J., and Risko, E.F. (2013). Perceived access to self-relevant information mediates judgments of privacy violations in neuromonitoring and other monitoring technologies. Neuroethics, 7(1), 43-50. doi 10.1007/s12152-013-9181-0.

Baker, D.A., Schweitzer, N.J., Risko, E.F, and Wear, J. (2013). Visual Attention and the Neuroimage Bias. PLOs ONE 8(9): e74449. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074449.

Schweitzer, N.J., Baker, D.A., and Risko, E.F. (2013).  Fooled by the brain: re-examining the influence of neuroimages. Cognition, 129, 501-511. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2013.08.009


FUNDED (2016-2019): Co-PI, Integration of Social Behavioral Modeling for Smart Environments To Improve Energy Efficiency of Smart Cities;  NSF/NIFA – 3 years; $802,000

FUNDED (2017): Co-PI, Human-Centered Origami and Kirigami Structures for Environmental Lighting, MST, Seed Funding Grant - 1 year; $57,000

PENDING: Co-PI, A Human Centered Approach to Surviving Mine Disasters: Refuge and Rescue; Alpha Foundation – 4 years; $1,547,623

PENDING: Co-PI, Developing A Whole-Person Approach To Orthopaedic Treatment; DOD – 2 years; $499, 421

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The PsyTE lab is recruiting for both paid and unpaid research assistants for a variety of studies.

Go to PsyTE Lab Research Opportunities for list of current needs