Hung-Tao Michael Chen

Hung-Tao Michael Chen
Eastern Kentucky University | EKU · Department of Psychology

PhD in Experimental Psychology

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Introduction
Michael is a cognitive psychologist by training. He has research interests in education technology, human factors, and reading processes.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - November 2020
Eastern Kentucky University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2015 - May 2016
Florida International University
Position
  • Instructor
August 2010 - May 2015
University of Kentucky
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2010 - May 2015
University of Kentucky
Field of study
  • Experimental Psychology (Cognitive/Human Factors)

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Publications (19)
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Computer-generated speech is becoming more commonplace in classrooms, so it is important to examine the impact of computer voice on students’ cognition in a variety of learning situations. The current study investigated the effects of voice in a cognitively stressful, audio-only learning situation. In this experiment, 122 college students were recr...
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Semi-autonomous driving has been found to require less cognitive resources from drivers. It is not immediately clear if engaging in secondary tasks such as audio learning is safe in a semi-autonomous driving situation, especially considering the finding that semi-autonomous drivers tend to be less engaged. The current study investigated the effects...
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Despite the prevalence of computer-generated speech, few studies have investigated the direct relationship between an agent’s voice and students’ perception or recall performance. This study investigated the effects of voice (without visual information) on students’ perception ratings and recall performance. Our results indicated that in the absenc...
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Toxic online disinhibition effect is prevalent and could potentially disrupt learning in an online classroom (Suler, 2004). The current study included two experiments that investigated the effects of red priming message on 1) participants' self-rating of verbal aggression, 2) negative sentiment expressed in discussion posts, and 3) discussion post...
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Lecture videos are an integral part of distance education. Much has been done to investigate the effects of lecture video styles, but many of the studies have methodological issues and confounding variables. The current study focused on the amount of motion in two types of lecture videos (hand-drawn and narration-over-PowerPoint) and investigated m...
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Online disinhibition effect describes the phenomenon where people feel less restrained in an online environment. People are therefore more likely to express thoughts and opinions that they normally would not share in a face-to-face interaction (Suler, 2004). Online disinhibition effect could either be benign or toxic. Students and instructors in an...
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Practice testing has been shown to be effective in promoting learning. Recently, a study was designed to gamify this strategy (Chen & Lee, 2017). Although the gamified practice test was successful in promoting learning, it was not without negative consequences. The current study explored these problems and offered design recommendations.
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Text-to-speech (TTS) programs often do a poor job of translating writing devices such as headings from visual into audio mode. Previous research studies have attempted to address this problem but these studies have mainly used heading detection tasks. The current study seeks to investigate 1) whether the presence of audio headings improves performa...
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Practice testing is an effective learning strategy, but it can lead to increased test anxiety and often has low voluntary participation rate. This paper describes a case study on the effects of a re-designed practice test using game-like elements. The results indicate that the gamified practice test had a high student participation rate and showed...
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Middle school students (n = 354) were tested for their understanding of the control of variables strategy (CVS) 2.5 years after participating in a study comparing three different interventions for teaching CVS. The key finding was that the pattern of effects observed in the 4th grade continued to be observed in the 6th grade. This was because (a) s...
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Practice testing is an effective learning strategy, but it can lead to increased test anxiety and often has low voluntary participation rate. This paper describes a case study on the effects of a re-designed practice test using game-like elements. The results indicate that the gamified practice test had a high student participation rate and showed...
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Studies have demonstrated that in-class small groups have a positive effect on students’ learning (Johnson & Johnson, 2002; 2015). This study addresses the question of how strategic in-class small groups could affect students’ sense of connectedness with other students. In this study, students were grouped based on their scores on a college persist...
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Many undergraduate psychology students write the literature review section of a scientific paper as a list of summaries without direction or coherence. This paper proposes to teach students to write the literature review section as an argument instead of following the traditional hourglass metaphor approach.
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Two experiments compared three methods of translating printed headings into an auditory format. In both experiments, college students listened to a text with instructions to stop the recording whenever they heard a heading and type the hierarchical level and exact wording of the heading. Listeners were poor at identifying headings and their levels...
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Two experiments compared the effects on text processing of headings and preview sentences that were designed to communicate the same information about the texts’ topics and their organization. In Experiment 1, college students read a text for understanding then were tested on memory for the subtopics and memory for simple facts presented in the tex...
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Two experiments tested the effects of preview sentences and headings on the quality of college students' outlines of informational texts. Experiment 1 found that performance was much better in the preview sentences condition than in a no-signals condition for both printed text and text-to-speech (TTS) audio rendering of the printed text. In contras...
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Various writing devices are designed to serve specialized purposes or “functions” to aid readers in their processing of a text. For example, an index lists important topics in the book and allows the readers to quickly locate the pages relevant to a particular topic. The purpose of this study was to learn what mature readers know about various func...

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