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Hoax Springs Eternal

Unlike sleights of hand, which fool the senses, sleights of mind challenge cognition. This book defines and explains cognitive deception and explores six prominent potential historical instances of it: the Cross of King Arthur, Drake’s Plate of Brass, the Kensington Runestone, the Vinland Map, the Piltdown Man, and the Shroud of Turin.


Interview by Ramsen Shamon for Medill News Service

Peter Hancock, a professor of psychology at the University of Central Florida discusses the connection between what one sees and the functions of the brain: “All of reality occurs inside the brain. And so, something that occurs inside the brain whether it’s due to a pathology or not, or whether it’s due to an external problem in the environment is just as real to those people as what we normally think of as real experiences.


Review of Book: Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism

‘In this insightful and incisive text, Stedmon, Lawson and their many colleagues and co-contributors grapple with one of the most pressing issues for our species and our survival on this planet. They undertake to show how the integration of people and technology is at once the genesis of and potential solution to the vexed problems of contemporary asymmetric conflict, expressed through terrorism.


Drivers, Don't Trade in Your Smartphone for Google Glass . . . Yet

The MIT2 laboratory has had the first scientific look at using Google Glass to text while driving. The results clearly show Google GlassTM, used in this way, to be a driving distraction. There is a twist, however: Google GlassTM is superior to a smartphone in some regards.


William Collins Award

Dr. Valerie Martindale and our Exec Committee also wishes to congratulate our AsHFA Award Winners: Dr. Torin Clark of MIT’s Dept. of Aero & Astro (Stanley Roscoe Best Dissertation Award); the Henry Taylor Award went to Col (Dr) Anthony Tvaryanas (next year’s luncheon speaker); and, for the William Collins Award the familiar name of Dr.


Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award

The recipient of the Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award, which recognizes a person for outstanding human factors contributions to the design of an operational system, was Peter Hancock of the University of Central Florida. In addition to his notable scientific research, Hancock has made several contributions to a number of design efforts, including a roadway design project for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a heart pacemaker and a device to reduce needle-sticks, and involvement in the design of the IMPRINT system for the military.