learning, aging, & cognitive ergonomics lab

Anne Collins McLaughlin, PhD

Lab Director

Curriculum Vita

Dr. McLaughlin also Co-Directs the Gains Through Gaming Lab with Dr. Jason Allaire.

Research Interests

  • Motivation for cognitively complex activities
  • Age-related changes in cognitive abilities
  • Learning
  • Training to use technology
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Training for maintenence of cognitive ability
  • Safety in multiple domains

Classes Taught


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007
  • M.S., Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
  • B.A., Double major:Psychology & English, Trinity University, 1998


Google Scholar Page

Selected Publications

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McLaughlin, A. C., Gandy, M., Allaire, J. C., & Whitlock, L. A. (2012). Putting fun into video games for older adults. Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, 20, 13-22.

McLaughlin, A. C. & Walsh, F. (2011). Individual differences in judgments of hygiene risk by healthcare workers. American Journal of Infection Control, 39(6), 456-463.

McLaughlin, A. C., Rogers, W. A., & Fisk, A. D. (2009). Using direct and indirect input devices: attention demands and age-related differences. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 16(1), 1-15.

McLaughlin, A. C., Rogers, W. A., & Fisk, A. D. (2007). Optimizing instruction following behavior. Learning, Media, and Technology: Incorporating Education Communication & Information, 32(4), 381-406.

McLaughlin, A. C., Rogers, W. A., & Fisk, A. D. (2007). Helping patients follow their doctor's instructions: Matching instructional media to task demands. In D. Park and L. Liu (Eds.), Social and Cognitive Perspectives on Medical Adherence. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Rogers, W. A., Fisk, A. D., McLaughlin, A. C., & Pak, R. (2005). Touch a screen or turn a knob: Choosing the best device for the job. Human Factors, 47, 271-288.

McLaughlin, A. C., Rogers, W. A., & Fisk, A. D. (2004). Proper design, instruction, and selection of glucometers for older patients.Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 6(3), 319-325.

Mayhorn, C. B., Stronge, A. J., & McLaughlin, A. C (2004). Older adults, computer training, and the systems approach: A formula for success. Educational Gerontology, 30(3),185-203.

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