Overview

  • Dr. Bliss joined ODU's Psychology Department in 2001,was tenured in 2004, promoted to full professor in 2012, and was department chair from 2013-2016. He studies signal mistrust and task training.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2018 The effects of task criticality and target modality on a simulated battlefield search taskMilitary Psychology. 108-119.
    2017 Trust and the compliance-reliance paradigm: The effects of risk, error bias, and reliability on trust and dependence behaviorsHuman Factors. 333-345.
    2016 Trust and the Compliance-Reliance Paradigm: The Effects of Risk, Error Bias, and Reliability on Trust and DependenceHuman Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 333-345.
    2013 Perceived mental workload, trust, and acceptance associated with an engineering and incentive-based behavioral intervention to increase speed limit compliance.Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior. 14-29.
    2013 Signal Trust and Situational Experience: Theoretical and Experimental EvidenceCognitive Technology. 25.
    2013 The effect of training on responses to marginally reliable alarms.Applied Ergonomics.
    2013 The effects of external motivation and real-time automated feedback on speeding behavior in a naturalistic settingHuman Factors. 218-230.
    2013 The role of trust as a mediator between system characteristics and response behaviorsHuman Factors.
    2012 Alert characteristics and identification of avatars on a virtual battlefieldIntelligent Decision Technologies Journal. 1-9.
    2012 Effects of unreliable information on infantry situation awarenessSimulation and Gaming.
    2012 Training Time Estimation to Improve Alarm ReactionsWork: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. 3580-3585.
    2011 Temporal persistence of alarm reaction intentionsCognitive Technology.
    2010 Human factors in injury controlAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 90-97.
    2009 Alarm relevance and reliability: Factors affecting commercial aviation pilots’ alarm responsesInternational Journal of Applied Aviation Studies. 337-358.
    2008 The effect of a sonification display on operator trust and perceived workloadErgonomics. 1320-1337.
    2007 Analysis of aircrews’ weather decision confidence as a function of distance, display agreement, communication, leadership, and experienceInternational Journal of Applied Aviation Studies. 272-294.
    2007 Effects of varying the threshold of alarm systems and workload on human performanceErgonomics. 1127-1147.
    2007 The role of alarm signal duration as a cue for alarm validityApplied Ergonomics. 1-9.
    2006 Comparison of a virtual reality simulator and simulated limbs for phlebotomy trainingJournal of Infusion Nursing. 214-224.
    2006 The efficacy of a medical virtual reality simulator for phlebotomyHuman Factors. 72-84.
    2005 Pilots' workload, situation awareness, and trust during weather events as a function of time pressure, role assignment, pilots' rank, weather display, and weather systemInternational Journal of Applied Aviation Studies. 347-367.
    2003 Alarm mistrust in automobiles: How collision alarm reliability affects drivingApplied Ergonomics. 499-509.
    2003 An investigation of alarm related incidents in aviationInternational Journal of Aviation Psychology. 249-268.
    2003 Collective mistrust of alarmsInternational Journal of Applied Aviation Studies. 13-38.
    2003 The effects of leadership style and primary task workload on team performance and follower satisfactionInternational Journal of Applied Aviation Studies. 259-276.
    2000 An evaluation of HumanTech's Risk Priority Management softwareErgonomics in Design. 29-31.
    2000 Behavioural implications of alarm mistrust as a function of task workloadErgonomics. 1283-1300.
    1998 Emergency signal failure: Implications and recommendationsErgonomics. 57-72.
    1997 Alarm reaction patterns by pilots as a function of reaction modalityThe International Journal of Aviation Psychology. 1-14.
    1997 Landmark enhancement and strategic processing: An evaluation of strategies for spatial navigation trainingPerceptual and Motor Skills. 1123-1135.
    1997 The effectiveness of virtual reality for administering spatial navigation training to firefightersPresence. 73-86.
    1995 Alarm response behavior under conditions of varying alarm reliabilityErgonomics. 2300-2312.
    1995 Reversal of the cry-wolf effect: An investigation of two methods to increase alarm response ratesPerceptual and Motor Skills. 1231-1242.
    1994 Research in the use of virtual environment technology to train dismounted soldiersJournal of Interactive Instruction Development. 9-20.
    1994 The virtual environment performance assessment battery (VEPAB): Development and evaluationPresence. 145-157.
    1991 Communality of videogame performances with tracking tasksPerceptual and Motor Skills. 22-30.

    Chapters

    Year Title
    2006 Active warnings II: False alarmsHandbook of Warnings. Mahwah, NJ: Lawerence Erlbaum.
    2006 Human factors in product and environmental design for injury controlInjury and Violence Prevention. New York: Jossey Bass Wiley.
    2005 Measuring task-related and task-unrelated thoughtsQuantifying Human Information Processing. Lanham, MD: Lexington Book.
    2002 Performance measurement in virtual environmentsHandbook of Virtual Environments. Mahwah, NJ: Lawerence Erlbaum Associates.
    2000 Investigations of alarm mistruct under conditions of varying alarm and ongoing task criticalityHuman Factors in Auditory Warnings. London: Ashgate.
    1994 The effect of reliability and criticality on alarm response performanceHuman performance in automated systems: Current research and trends. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Conference Papers

    Year Title
    2017 Trust of simulated robotic peacekeepers among resident and expatriate Americans.  2091-2095.
    2013 Gestural control of a remote robotic manipulator
    2013 Inattentional blindness in a simulated driving task
    2013 Task shedding and control performance as a function of perceived automation reliability and time pressure
    2013 The impact of text presentation on reading comprehension and search task performance in a computer game
    2012 Improving residents’ response to disaster warnings: A discussion panel
    2012 Multimodal cueing: The relative benefits of the auditory, visual, and tactile channels in complex environments.
    2012 Participant characteristics and speeding behavior during an advisory warning and cash incentive intervention.
    2012 Reliability of a cued combat identification aid on soldier performance and trust.
    2012 Search task performance and reading comprehension as a function of rapid serial visual presentation of pre-mission intelligence in a computer game.
    2012 Temporal delay training as a strategy to improve alarm reaction effectiveness
    2010 Evaluation of the Army After Action Review Process
    2009 Distributed Game-Based Simulation Training Research Testbed. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
    2008 Pilots’ response time to complete alarm procedures as a function of alarm relevance.
    2007 A Virtual operating room for context-relevant training.  507-511.
    2007 A Virtual operating room for context-relevant training. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting.  507-511.
    2007 Fatigue’s influence on situation awareness and performance in a military simulation of combat.
    2007 Robustness of the a b signal detection theory model of decision making.  1263-1267.
    2007 Robustness of the a b signal detection theory model of decision making. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting.  1263-1267.
    2007 Superiority of the a b signal detection theory model over the classical signal detection theory model.
    2006 Surgical skill performance under combat conditions in a virtual environment.  2697-2701.
    2006 Surgical skill performance under combat conditions in a virtual environment. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting.  2697-2701.
    2005 Alarm mistrust: The role of attenson and workload on alarm confidence ratings.
    2005 Assessing surgical skill training under hazardous conditions in a virtual environment. Medicine meets virtual reality.  436-442.
    2005 Determining the efficacy of an immersive trainer for arthroscopy skills. Medicine meets virtual reality.  54-56.
    2005 Improving decision-making with a likelihood alarm display.
    2005 Pilot visual attention in a commercial aircraft cockpit equipped with synthetic vision displays.
    2005 The effect of a reminder signal on recall of alarm validity information.
    2004 A Comparison of the CathSim™ system and simulated limbs for teaching intravenous cannulation. Medicine meets virtual reality.  196-198.
    2004 Adapting signal detection theory for analyzing human response to alarm signals: A theoretical approach.
    2004 Virtual reality simulators in medicine: Current and future concerns.
    2003 Crowd Reactions to Sublethal Weapons: Universal Triggers for Crowd Violence.
    2003 The effects of workload and leadership style on task performance and co-pilot satisfaction.
    2002 Alarm Related Incidents: A review of the U.S. Army Aviation Safety Database.
    2001 Alarm related incidents reflected within the National Transportation Safety Board Database.
    2001 Collective mistrust of alarms.
    1998 Virtual reality training: The effect of sensory information on route knowledge acquisition.
    1996 Using virtual reality to teach navigation skills to firefighters.
    1995 The effectiveness of virtual reality for administering spatial navigation training to police officers.
    1994 Object recognition, size estimation, and distance estimation in real-world and virtual environments.
    1994 Reversal of the cry-wolf effect: an investigation of two methods to increase alarm response rates.

    Research Overview

  • Human reactions to alarms and warnings; human behavior in virtual environments; human-robot interaction.
  • Grants

  • Augmented Reality User Interfaces for Tactical Drones  awarded by VR Rehab, INC. 2017 - 2019
  • Synthetic Vision System for Ground Forces  awarded by VR Rehab, INC. 2017
  • Touchscreen Button with Positive Indication Feedback  awarded by VR Rehab, INC. 2017
  • An Examination of Trust Exhibited By Members of Different Cultures Toward Robotic Peacekeepers Wielding Nonlethal Weapons  awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research 2016 - 2017
  • An Examination of Trust Exhibited by Members of Different Cultures toward Robotic Peacekeepers Wielding Nonlethal Weapons  awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research 2015
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Pilot Cyber Defense Awareness Campaign  awarded by North Atlantic Treaty Organization 2014
  • User Experience Evaluation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Pilot Cyber Defense Awareness Campaign Online Training Platform  awarded by North Atlantic Treaty Organization 2014
  • Automated Human and System Performance Assessment in Operational Environments – Phase II  awarded by Naval Air Research Command 2013 - 2014
  • Investigation of Musical Rhythms in the Brain  awarded by Old Dominion University Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Program 2013
  • 2002 NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Summer Faculty Fellowship Program  awarded by NASA 2012
  • Effective Virtual Training Methods and Techniques  awarded by MYMIC Corporation 2012
  • Development of Virtual Reality Tools for Assessment of Return-to-Duty Status following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)  awarded by Department of Defense (SBIR/STIR – Phase II) 2010 - 2012
  • Game Interface for the OneSAF Computer Generated Forces Simulation  awarded by Department of the Army 2009
  • OneSAF Behavior Composer (NexGEN) Project - Phase II  awarded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 2009
  • Establishing an Intellectual and Theoretical Foundation for the After Action Review Process as Practiced Within the U.S. Army  awarded by Army Research Institute 2008
  • Next-Generation Behavior Composer for Military Simulation  awarded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 2007
  • EVMS Modeling and Simulation Solutions for Surgery  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School 2006
  • MYMIC – Automated Assessment  awarded by Army Research Institute, Suffolk, VA 2006
  • Experimental Evaluation of Performance Feedback Using the Dismounted Infantry Virtual After Action Review System  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2004
  • Measuring Task Thought Processes  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2004
  • Implementation and Evaluation of a Selection System for Welders  awarded by Northrop Grumman Newport News 2003
  • Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Curriculum Support  awarded by U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command: FISC Norfolk Detachment, Philadelphia 2003
  • National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation (Phase II)  awarded by Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) 2003
  • Tactical and Strategic Plan for NASA Flightdeck Display Research – Issues and Approach  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center 2003
  • 2002 NASA-HU American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2002
  • Development and Validation of a Selection System for Welders: Job Analysis  awarded by Northrop Grumman Newport News 2002
  • Graduate Student Research Program (Gary Capobianco)  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center 2002
  • Graduate Student Research Program (Julie Stark)  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center 2002
  • National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation  awarded by US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technologies Research Center (TATRC) 2002
  • Universal Crowd Reactions to Sublethal Weapons: Universal Triggers for Crowd Violence  awarded by University of New Hampshire’s Non-lethal Technology Innovation Center (NTIC) 2002
  • An Evaluation of the Safety, Utility, and Reliability of Three-Dimensional Alarm Systems for Automotive Use  awarded by University Transportation Center of Alabama 1999 - 2000
  • Model of the Organizational Information Structure Within NASA/MSFC DOF S&C Training  awarded by Boeing Corporation 1998
  • Virtual Reality Training Evaluation  awarded by US Army Avaition and Missle Command (AMCOM) 1998
  • Proposal To Improve The Content And Structure Of PY 102  awarded by University of Alabama-Huntsville 1997 - 1998
  • Proposal to Reconstruct General Psychology, PY 101  awarded by University of Alabama-Huntsville 1997 - 1998
  • Establishment of UH Aerospace Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program  awarded by University of Houston 1996 - 1998
  • Continuation Award for Using Off-the-Shelf Virtual Reality as a Training Medium for Space Navigation  awarded by University of Alamaba-Huntsville 1996 - 1997
  • Using Off-the-Shelf Virtual Reality as a Training Medium for Space Navigation  awarded by University of Alabama-Huntsville 1995 - 1996
  • Reversal of the Cry-Wolf Effect: An Investigation of Two Methods to Increase Alarm Response Rates  awarded by University of Alabama-Huntsville 1993 - 1994
  • Human alarm responses as a function of alarm reliability and criticality  awarded by Office of Naval Research 1992 - 1993
  • Active Multi-Agent Systems for Diabetes Behavioral Change  awarded by Old Dominion University Office of Research 2007 -
  • The Role of Computer-Aided Interactive Feedback for Problem Solving in Engineering Education  awarded by National Science Foundation 2005 -
  • The Role of Computer-Aided Interactive Feedback for Problem Solving in Engineering Education  awarded by National Science Foundation 2003 -
  • The Role of Computer-Aided Interactive Feedback for Problem Solving in Engineering Education  awarded by National Science Foundation 2002 -
  • Keywords

  • Modeling and Simulation : Use of virtual reality for complex training tasks; Human-Robot Interaction
  • Psychology : Alarm mistrust (the "cry-wolf" effect)
  • Education And Training

  • B.M. in Trumpet Performance, Old Dominion University 2015
  • Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology, University of Central Florida 1993
  • M.S. in Industrial Psychology, University of Central Florida 1989
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Central Florida 1987
  • Full Name

  • James Bliss