Human Interaction With Nature and Technological Systems Lab
(The HINTS Lab)

Peter Peter Kahn
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
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Peter H. Kahn, Jr. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. His publications have appeared in such journals as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, and Journal of Systems Software, as well as in such proceedings as CHI, HRI, and Ubicomp. His most recent book is titled Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (MIT Press, 2012, with Patricia Hasbach). His other three books are Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life (MIT Press, 2011); The Human Relationship with Nature: Development and Culture (MIT Press, 1999); and Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations (MIT Press, 2002, with Stephen Kellert). His research projects are currently being funded by the National Science Foundation.

brian   [top]Brian Gill
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Seattle Pacific University
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Brian Gill is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department at Seattle Pacific University. In 1999, he received a Ph.D. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Biometry and Statistics from the State University of New York at Albany. His research in pure mathematics is in geometric function theory, a branch of complex analysis. He also has interests in issues in undergraduate mathematics education, with a particular focus on the impact of classroom technology on student learning. Brian has been PI or co-PI on three grants supporting changes in the calculus sequence, and he was selected in 1999 as a Fellow in Project NExT, a program of the Mathematical Association of America for new Ph.D.’s who are dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. More recently, his interest in educational technology has expanded into a more general concern with issues related to the impact of technology on its users. Combined with his interest in applications of statistics in social and health sciences, this led Brian in to become the statistician for the HINTS Lab.

Jolina [top]Jolina Ruckert
Ph.D. Student, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
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Jolina H. Ruckert is currently pursuing her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She received a MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University (2006) and a BA in Psychology/Biology from the University of Miami (2004). She has been a student member of The Explorers Club since 2004. In 2002 she completed a year-long study of psychology and biology at The University of Westminster in London, England and Flinder's University in Adelaide, Australia. While in Australia she worked with the Australian Research Council, researching the sandy and rocky shores of South Australia. In 2000 she was an apprentice to a dolphin assisted therapist at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Jolina's research interests center on the human relationship with the natural world. She is particularly interested in (a) the development of moral considerations regarding nonhuman animals, (b) children and adolescents’ experiences with and conceptions of nature and technologically mediated nature (e.g., as occurs through robotic animal forms), and (c) building theory of the human-nature relation that integrates ontogenesis, ontology, and culture.

SolaceSolace Shen [top]
Ph.D. Student, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
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Solace Shen is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington. She received a Master of Pacific International Affairs (2004) with an international management concentration and regional specializations in China and Japan from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. (2002) in Asian Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She has also worked in Shanghai, China as a marketing professional for three years. More recently, her research interests in the psychological ramifications of growing up in a culture of interactive technologies led to her current pursuit of an advanced degree in psychology. Specifically, she is interested in investigating the nature and implications of human relationship with personified computational entities (e.g., humanoid robots, androids): whether we are able to engage in social, emotional, and moral relationships with such entities in a way that’s substantive, meaningful, and authentic, and what are the ethical consequences of creating artificial social, emotional, and moral agents.

Heather [top]Heather Gary
Ph.D. Student, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
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Heather Gary is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington. She received an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2007) and a B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College (2004). Her research questions center on children's social and moral relationships with and reasoning about embodied, personified, computational entities - namely social robots. She asks, what can research in human-robot interaction (HRI) tell us about both social cognitive and moral development? Do children understand social robots as social or even moral agents? Can we form substantive, meaningful, authentic social or moral relationships with computational others? By engaging in research with sophisticated forms of interactive technology, she hopes to bring into full relief the richness and beauty of what it means to be human.

Friends & Collaborators [top]
Alan Borning, University of Washington
Alan Beck, Purdue University
Sybil Carrère, University of Washington
Nancy Edwards, Purdue University
Batya Friedman, University of Washington
Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University (Japan)
Takayuki Kanda, Advanced Telecommunications Research (Japan)
Rosie Maier, University of Oregon
Gail Melson, Purdue University
Gene Myers, Western Washington University
Carol Saunders, Brookfield Zoo
Paul Waddell, University of Washington
Pat Hasbach, Lewis & Clark College
John Lin, University of Washington

Student Alumni [top]
Irene S. Alexander
Jeffrey Anderson
Annie Jo Cain
Louise Wun Choi
Kathleen Crosman
Janet Davis — homepage, dissertation
Dan Dethloff
Lorin Dole
Erika Feldman
Erin Fowler
Nathan G. Freier — homepage, dissertation
Nicole Gustine
Jennifer Hagman
Ann Hendrickson
Margaret Keers
Sze Ying Kong
Peyina Lin
Karen Magnuson
Jesse McPherron
Grace Preyapongpisan
Brandon Rich
Amanda Ryan
Jonathan Sabo
Scott Santens
Ari Serim
Rachel Severson — homepage
Robin Sodeman
Cady Stanton
Anna Stolyar
Tyler Stevens
Amy Taylor
David Wisner
Nicole Jensen
Nick McMillan
Cady Stanton
Zak Lee
Alan Rumpel
Xinglu Yao

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