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Biography

Kyle is a Lecturer in Applied Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Psychology, having begun in April 2016.

His research focus is in human factors and applied cognitive psychology. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2011, Kyle received his PhD in psychology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in March 2016. His PhD research concerned shooting performance (response inhibition) and cognitive factors involved in accidental shootings (e.g., friendly fire). Between 2014 and 2016, Kyle worked as a human factors consultant (primarily in the transport sector) and as a usability analyst at a medical technology company.

Kyle is a member of The Applied Cognition and Cognitive Engineering research group (“The AC2E Group”) at the University of Huddersfield.

Research and Scholarship

Kyle’s interests are in human factors and applied cognitive psychology, which involve understanding human performance and limitations. Knowledge of this then allows us to improve the design of technology and systems in order to increase safety, efficiency, and make technology more enjoyable to use. His main focus is on the interaction between humans and technology (e.g., self-driving cars, human-robot interaction, healthcare and wearable technology), and how the following factors affect human performance:

  • Attention
  • Cue utilisation (also known as sensemaking)
  • Decision making
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Emotion
  • Perceptual-motor control

Additional interests include:

  • The interaction between cognitive and physical performance
  • Usability and user experience

Research grants:

  • Title: Feasibility of Capturing Crafts-based Knowledge in an AI System for Future Autonomous Precision-surface Manufacturing. Date: 2017. Funding agency: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Industrial Systems in the Digital Age Feasibility Studies). Role: Co-investigator
  • Title: Preparation for Decision Making in Complex & Chaotic Situations. Date: 2016. Funding agency: UK Ministry of Defence (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory). Role: Co-investigator

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Parkinson, S., Ward, P., Wilson, K. and Miller, J. (2017) ‘Cyber Threats Facing Autonomous and Connected Vehicles: Future ChallengesIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems , 18 (11), pp. 2898-2915. ISSN 1524-9050

Head, J., Tenan, M., Tweedell, A., LaFiandra, M., Morelli, F., Wilson, K., Ortega, S. and Helton, W. (2017) ‘Prior Mental Fatigue Impairs Marksmanship Decision PerformanceFrontiers in Psychology , 8 (680). ISSN 1664-1078

Weakley, J., Wilson, K., Till, K., Read, D., Darrall-Jones, J., Roe, G., Phibbs, P. and Jones, B. (2017) ‘Visual feedback attenuates mean concentric barbell velocity loss, and improves motivation, competitiveness, and perceived workload in male adolescent athletesJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research . ISSN 1064-8011

Oyvind, J., Knox, B., Helkala, K., Wilson, K., Sutterlin, S., Lugo, R. and Odegaard, T. (2017) ‘Macrocognition applied to the hybrid space: team environment, functions and processes in cyber operations’. In: Ac 2017 Augmented Cognition, Enhancing Cognition and Behavior in Complex Human Environments. : Springer. pp. 486-500. ISBN 9783319586243

Wilson, K., Helton, W., de Joux, N., Head, J. and Weakley, J. (2017) ‘Real-time quantitative performance feedback during strength exercise improves motivation, competitiveness, mood, and performance’. In: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Annual Meeting, October 9th -13th 2017, Austin, Texas

Hutton, R., Ward, P., Wilson, K., Conway, G., Amey, D., Lamb, S. and Capewell, D. (2017) ‘Developing adaptive performance skills for agile C2’. In: 22nd International Command and Control Research & Technology Symposium, 6th-8th November, 2017, Los Angeles, USA

Wilson, K., Bridges, K., Ward, P., Parkinson, S., Louw, T. and Cooney, R. (2017) ‘Driver Interaction with a Traffic Light Assistant App: A Naturalistic Investigation’. In: Contemporary Ergonomics & Human Factors 2017: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. Daventry, UK: CIEHF. pp. 143-150.

de Joux, N., Wilson, K., Russell, P., Finkbeiner, K. and Helton, W. (2017) ‘A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study of the effects of configural properties on sustained attentionNeuropsychologia , 94, pp. 106-117. ISSN 0028-3932

2016

Wilson, K., Russell, P., de Joux, N., Blakely, M. and Helton, W. (2016) ‘Negative stimuli may improve visuospatial working memoryProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting , 60 (1), pp. 1419-1423. ISSN 1541-9312

Blakely, M., Wilson, K., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2016) ‘The impact of cognitive load on volitional runningProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting , 60 (1), pp. 1179-1183. ISSN 1541-9312

Wilson, K., Finkbeiner, K., de Joux, N., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2016) ‘Go-stimuli proportion influences response strategy in a sustained attention to response taskExperimental Brain Research . ISSN 0014-4819

Wilson, K., de Joux, N., Finkbeiner, K., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2016) ‘The effect of task-relevant and irrelevant anxiety-provoking stimuli on response inhibitionConsciousness and Cognition , 42, pp. 358-365. ISSN 1053-8100

2015

Wilson, K., Head, J., de Joux, N., Finkbeiner, K. and Helton, W. (2015) ‘Friendly Fire and the Sustained Attention to Response TaskHuman Factors , 57 (7), pp. 1219-1234. ISSN 1547-8181

Wilson, K. and Bridges, K. (2015) Mistaken-for-Game Hunting Accidents: A Human Factors Review HFEx Ltd.

de Joux, N., Wilson, K., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2015) ‘The effects of a transition between local and global processing on vigilance performanceJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology , 37 (8), pp. 888-898. ISSN 1744-411X

de Joux, N., Wilson, K., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2015) ‘The Configural Properties of Task Stimuli do Influence Vigilance PerformanceExperimental Brain Research , 233 (9), pp. 2619-2626. ISSN 0014-4819

Bridges, K., Naweed, A., Rose, J., Wilson, K. and Low, S. (2015) ‘Adopt, adapt, and improve: Assessment of a new driver display in rail’. In: 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, August 9th - 14th August 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Finkbeiner, K., Wilson, K., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2015) ‘The effects of warning cues and attention capturing stimuli on the sustained attention to response taskExperimental Brain Research , 233 (4), pp. 1061-1068. ISSN 0014-4819

Wilson, K., Russell, P. and Helton, W. (2015) ‘Spider Stimuli Improve Response InhibitionConsciousness and Cognition , 33, pp. 406-413. ISSN 1053-8100

2014

Wilson, K., Finkbeiner, K., de Joux, N., Head, J. and Helton, W. (2014) ‘Friendly fire and the proportion of friends to foesProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting , 58 (1), pp. 1204-1208.

2013

Head, J., Wilson, K., Helton, W. and Kemp, S. (2013) ‘The role of calmness in a high-Go target detection taskProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting , 57 (1), pp. 838-842. ISSN 1541-9312

Wilson, K., Head, J. and Helton, W. (2013) ‘Friendly Fire in a Simulated Firearms TaskProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society , 57 (1), pp. 1244-1248.

Head, J., Wilson, K., Helton, W., Neumann, E., Russell, P. and Shears, C. (2013) ‘Right hemisphere cortical involvement in processing text-speakProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting , 57 (1), pp. 379-383. ISSN 1541-9312

Wilson, K., Helton, W. and Wiggins, M. (2013) ‘Cognitive EngineeringWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science , 4 (1), pp. 17-31.

2012

Wilson, K., Head, J. and Helton, W. (2012) ‘Human Factors Issues in Using Micro-Uninhabited Vehicles in Urban Disasters’. In: 6th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2012, 21st - 22nd August 2012, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Head, J., Helton, W. and Wilson, K. (2012) ‘Human factors issues with the use of text-speak communication’. In: 6th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference, 21st - 22nd August 2012, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Esteem

Journal reviewing:

  • Human Factors
  • Journal of Sport Sciences

Grant reviewing:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomcis Society (2013 - current)

Media:

  • Radio interview regarding his research into recreational hunting accidents

Research Degree Supervision

Kyle is happy to discuss supervising research projects in areas relating to his interests (as specified above; see “Research and Scholarship”). He is also willing to work with students wishing to gain experience as a research assistant. Current students:

  • Louise Ellis (PhD) - "The impact of a pressure training protocol upon penalty conversion success in professional football" (Co-supervisor)
  • Marija Podkolodina (MSc) - "The effect of induced pain on response inhibition" (Co-supervisor)

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Kyle Wilson

2017-18

MSc by Research
PhD

2018-19

MSc by Research
PhD

Enterprise Activities

Kyle is able to provide consultancy in the area of human factors. He has a background which includes work as a human factors consultant in the transport sector (rail and road), user experience and usability testing for multimodal displays (e.g., smartphone applications), and work as a usability analyst within a medical technology company.

Previous enterprise activities:

  • Consultant, HFEx Ltd. (2014 - 2016)
  • Usability Analyst, ARANZ Medical Ltd. (2014 - 2015)

Current collaborations:

  • With Dr James Head from the Human Research and Engineering Directorate, United States Army Research Laboratory (2016 - present)
  • With Karl Bridges from HFEx Ltd (2016 - present)
  • With Øyvind Jøsok from the Norwegian Defence Cyber Academy (2016 - present)

Kyle also has ongoing collaborations with the following researchers:

  • Jonathon Weakley, Leeds Beckett University
  • Dr Neil de Joux, University of Nottingham
  • Dr William 'Deak' Helton, George Mason University (USA)
  • Dr Tyron Louw, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Administrative Responsibilities

Kyle is a member of the Admissions team within Psychology.

Teaching and Professional Activities

2017-18: Module leader for Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology     

Teaching contribution to:

  • Psychology Final Year Project
  • The Neuroscience of Cognition
  • Psychological Research and Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Cognition; Brain and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Psychology