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Richard Yao
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After a long break from blogging, I present to you a new post on control schemes and stimulus response compatibility.
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Aw, man, where does the time go?  I totally should.
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I normally don't double-publicize a single post, but after sleeping on this one and reading it again, I realized it made almost no sense.  Let's call this my advertisement for the "director's cut" edition of this post.
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I'm crowd-sourcing for an image I saw on Reddit a while back but can't find: During the olympics, there was a picture of some medalists on the platform where the bronze medalist is beaming and the silver medalist is crying, which is a great picture for counterfactual thinking.  I remember the Reddit link headline joking about China being sad to get 2nd place when other people are happy to just be 3rd, if that helps.
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Apparently, figure-ground segregation blows Reddit's collective mind.
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Drove by this today.  Almost got in a wreck thanks to it.
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I hope you're enjoying crazy drivers in my hometown.
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I recently experienced a flash-lag effect in the wild: a school bus with a flashing beacon on its roof sped by as I was at a stop-light, and it looked like the flashes were occurring in mid-air behind the bus. I probably would've been freaked out if I didn't know what I was experiencing...
Demonstration of 'Flash-Lag'
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A mini-post for once.
I see people stumble on this page occasionally, so I want to try to put at least a little something on here every so often. I came across this awesome video on Penny Arcade TV that I wanted to discuss...
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New post on the need for user centered design and the dangers of overapplying it.  Procrastination powers activate!
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This one pretty much has nothing to do with video games.  I'm failing at this blogging thing.  Sadly, I think that just means more people will be interested by it.
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I think I have enough content on my blog now to make it public.  If this is the first time you've seen me post this here, I've started a blog about how human factors and psychology inform and explain good video game design.
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I'm crowdsourcing a paper I'm looking for:

The experiment had people do a building block structure matching task and demonstrated that when the sample to match was nearby, people would return to it frequently, whereas the farther away it was and the harder it was to access, the more people would memorize as much of it as possible each time they visited it.

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Thanks, Jason!  I actually remember first learning about the paper in your perception class.  Good times.

Also, thanks, Mike for giving me a broader range of similar papers.  I like to have as many citations as possible to explain to the engineers why their design decisions are bad and they should feel bad.
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  • Oculus VR
    Experimental Perceptual Psychologist, 2013 - present
  • Microsoft
    Intern, 2013 - 2013
  • University of Illinois
    Graduate Assitant, 2007 - 2013
  • Hi-Tec Systems, Inc.
    Human Factors Specialist (internship), 2011 - 2011
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Human Factors Intern, 2012 - 2012
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Psychologist. No, not that kind.
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I'm a Ph.D. graduate of the Simons Lab at the University of Illinois. My research interests include change blindness, object recognition in context, and cross-modal perception. In my free time, I've been known to serve as a specialist in human factors and usability to make my skills and knowledge seem somewhat practical.
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Psychology, 2007 - 2013
  • Northwestern University
    Psychology, Linguistics, 2003 - 2007
  • Illinois Math and Science Academy
    High school, 2000 - 2003
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