Walter R. Boot, Ph.D.
Walter R. Boot, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Florida State University. His research interests include how humans perform and learn to master complex tasks (especially tasks with safety-critical consequences), how age influences perceptual and cognitive abilities vital to the performance of these tasks, and how technological interventions can improve the well-being and cognitive functioning of older adults. Boot has published extensively on the topic of technology-based interventions involving digital games, and is one of six principal investigators of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). He has also been funded by the Florida Department of Transportation since 2011 to conduct studies of aging road users; specifically examining countermeasures to protect older adults as they navigate roadways as drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Boot received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007.
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The winning entry in this year's Neuroethics Essay Contest, academic category, is by Khayla Black, New York University Shanghai
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