Valarie Yerdon

Valarie Yerdon
Aptima-Human Centered Engineering · Learning and Training Systems Division

Master of Science

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Introduction
Valarie Yerdon currently works at the Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, as a Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology doctoral candidate. Valarie does research in Experimental Psychology, Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology.
Additional affiliations
June 2016 - May 2017
University of Central Florida
Position
  • Research Assistant
June 2015 - June 2016
University of Central Florida
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (17)
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Examination of the levels and perceptions of trust in automotive automation, and the influences of cultural differences concerning trust and automation, with respect to automated automobiles.
Conference Paper
The purpose of this study was to analyze how contemporary social apathy levels towards privacy have changed across time from before the integration of computers into American society. With private information stored in a computational net of digital information, rather than in personal possession and control, there may be signals towards the increa...
Conference Paper
The songbird sings a beautiful melody when there is no ecological need, and the imagination and curiosity are fueled for investigation with biological models of cognitive mechanisms of animal communication. Many animal sensory signals remain a mystery to the logical reasoning of science. Through the evolutionary game theory in ecological cognitive...
Article
Cyber challenges faced by organizations today involve malicious inside actors, often labeled insider threats (ITs). These present a difficult challenge in that the most well-designed cybersecurity apparatus is vulnerable to those inside the organization who have privileged access to information systems. Innovative methods must be developed to help...
Conference Paper
Current cybersecurity research on insider threats has focused on finding clues to illicit behavior, or “passive indicators”, in existing data resources. However, a more proactive view of detection could preemptively uncover a potential threat, mitigating organizational damage. Active Indicator Probes (AIPs) of insider threats are stimuli placed int...
Conference Paper
Research of psychological flow has seen major progress within the recent decades, portraying the peak performance associated with this psychological state. Along with its association with optimal performance, flow has been linked to effortless attention. However, recent work suggests that the state of flow can take considerable cognitive effort. In...
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Insider Threat (IT) is a growing cybersecurity issue. Countermeasures based on cognitive engineering may utilize diagnostic eye fixation responses indicative of insider intent, elicited by Active Indicator Probes (AIPs). The current study embedded AIPs into an immersive simulation of espionage activities. Participants allocated to an insider role w...
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Research of psychological flow has seen major progress within the recent decades, portraying the peak performance associated with this psychological state. Along with its association with optimal performance, flow has been linked to effortless attention. However, recent work suggests that the state of flow can take considerable cognitive effort. In...
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In this work we investigate the effects of robot appearance and reliability on a user’s trust levels through an experiment where participants reacted to three different robot forms that either behaved reliably or unreliably during a series of experimental trials. A final trial was implemented to evaluate use choice by allowing participants to choos...
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We are all aware of the increasing penetration of purely automated vehicles into the coming panoply of ground transportation. These vehicles purport to exercise fully automatic control in traversing from origin to destination. There can be little doubt that this form of innovation will exert considerable effect on the whole traveling public and soc...
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When studying Human–Robot Interaction (HRI), we often employ measures of trust. Trust is essential in HRI, as inappropriate levels of trust result in misuse, abuse, or disuse of that robot. Some measures of trust specifically target automation, while others specifically target HRI. Although robots are a type of automation, it is unclear which of th...
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Our work examines the levels and perceptions of trust in automotive automation, and the influences of cultural differences concerning trust and automation, with respect to automated automobiles. We found the expected style of communication of the drivers in the autonomous automobile, showed a great effect on trust levels, both at initial contact an...
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When studying Human–Robot Interaction (HRI), we often employ measures of trust. Trust is essential in HRI, as inappropriate levels of trust result in misuse, abuse, or disuse of that robot. Some measures of trust specifically target automation, while others specifically target HRI. Although robots are a type of automation, it is unclear which of th...
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We are all aware of the increasing penetration of purely automated vehicles into the coming panoply of ground transportation. These vehicles purport to exercise fully automatic control in traversing from origin to destination. There can be little doubt that this form of innovation will exert considerable effect on the whole traveling public and soc...

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The purpose of this proposed study is to analyze how apathy levels in society today towards privacy may be found different than prior times. By using the results of privacy index surveys taken between 1990 and 2003 by Alan B. Westin (Westin, 2003; Kumaragru & Cranor, 2005) along with personality, demographic, trust, apathy, motivation, privacy and political belief questionnaires, we would like to investigate shared factors in this possible change in attitude towards privacy. During the administration of surveys, eye tracking metrics have been found to be useful, by tracking blink rates, fixations (durations, numbers, repeats, and gaze positions), response times, pupil size, and search patterns. Results from these measurements can illustrate reading comprehension, attention, stress, relaxation, problem-solving, alertness, frustration, interest, and cognitive load (factual, attitudinal, and behavioral)(Sternberg, 1969; Lenzner, Kaczmirek, & Galesic, 2011; Ikehara & Crosby, 2005). By running Westin's Privacy Index questionnaires along with additional polls (such as subjective apathy, motivation, personality, patriotic, privacy, and trust), we are looking to investigate the changes in the results of the privacy index and further, to measure reaction times to assess cognitive mental processing of these questionnaires. The new climate in this increasingly highly technological society seems to be facilitating new attitude of apathy toward privacy, trust, and security, which we will investigate in this study, to see how these may vary by age, gender, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, emotional states, and personality, including implicit and explicit perceptive measures (Ikehara & Crosby, 2005; Lenzner, Kaczmirek, & Galesic, 2005; Galesic, et al., 2008; Frith & Frith, 2008).