Dr. Stephen Guastello, professor of psychology at Marquette University, has been awarded the 2013 Way Klingler Fellowship in the humanities. With $20,000 annually for three years, he will continue his research addressing cognitive workload and fatigue in the context of group coordination and leadership.
Guastello uses nonlinear mathematical models to help predict outcomes. He has been successful at separating the effects of workload, fatigue or repeated tasks using two models for sudden changes in performance on different tasks. His current project aims to determine the demands on human operators as the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology to perform work functions.
“I’m excited because I’ve been able to unravel some problems in cognitive workload and fatigue that have perplexed psychologists for years,” Guastello said.
In his 30 years at Marquette, Guastello has written four books and co-edited two in addition to authoring more than 100 journal articles and 42 book chapters. His main research interest concerns nonlinear dynamics such as chaos, complexity and catastrophe theories, and their applications to various work elements.
The Way Klingler Fellowships are awarded to full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank who have potential for significant scholarship. One fellowship in science and one in humanities is awarded. The humanities fellow receives $20,000 annually for three years to fund critical research that requires time, access to information and travel.