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As the Augmented Reality (AR) industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, the way we understand and create immersive media is changing. It is becoming increasingly important for developers to direct the focus of the AR user when considering external environments. We do this by understanding how the brain processes information to command attention, and direct more positive outcomes.

The most effective AR experiences are the ones that fully engage the human brain by designing with principles of human cognition in mind. In this 8-week course, you will get the chance to learn and apply these principles to your own AR project.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Ability to consider important elements of human perception in the planning and development of an AR application
  • A fully-developed augmented reality app design, created using the principles of psychology and user experience
  • Ability to communicate the importance of taking these concepts into consideration to stakeholders and developers

who should take this course?

This course is ideal for developers interested in effectively making or incorporating augmented reality into their work. The psychological principles taught in this course are applicable to any industry using AR technology.

Course pricing and details:

  • 3-Credit Tuition: $897
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $705
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee (required for both credit and noncredit options)
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Course Authors

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Shane Pase

Understanding Human Cognition in Augmented Reality Experiences
Bio & Testimonials
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Sean Thoennes

Understanding Human Cognition in Augmented Reality Experiences
Bio & Testimonials

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Shane Pase

Shane Pase, Ph.D. is a founding consulting partner at Reality Science, director of technology for Lotte Project, cofounder and executive producer at MediaX LLC new media technologies group, an award-winning conceptual designer, storyteller, Agile practitioner, and currently authoring the first book on the psychology of augmented reality.

Dr. Pase has over 25 years’ experience utilizing human behavior analytics to develop creative and outside-the-box solutions for both for-profit and non-profit corporations and small businesses. By combining theories from cognitive, neural, media, behavioral and social psychology, he is able to provide valuable insights into our experience with, and the effects of, media technologies to create the most immersive and effective media experiences with measurable and lasting impact. 

Dr. Pase has presented internationally at such prestigious conferences as IEEE ISMAR, the Augmented World Expo, ACM/EEE WorldComp, National Social Science Association and American Psychological Association National Conventions, exploring the cognitive effects of augmented reality and immersive media, using new technologies for storytelling, social change and disruption, and the ethics of new media technologies. He has won awards from Epson/IEEE and the American Psychological Association.

Course: Understanding Human Cognition in Augmented Reality Experiences

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Sean Thoennes

Sean Thoennes, Ph.D. is a founding partner of MediaX, LLC and Lotte Project. He also consults with Reality Science. Bringing over 30 years of experience in media productions with Disney to academia, Dr. Thoennes sees immersive media as yet another tool of storytelling not unlike digital desktop editing he helped pioneer within the Walt Disney World Company. His book arguing the psychological position that artificial intelligence is an evolving form of media innovation is due for publication in January, 2020.

In addition to other courses taught on cognitive psychology behind the visual display of media, and digital storytelling, Dr. Thoennes travels to speak on topical issues as a champion for the human side of the human-computer connection. Under the umbrella of neo-anthropogenic psychology, he calls upon multiple disciplinarians to emerge from their silos and share best practices for the consideration of all possible outcomes, while developing technology in the best interest of humanity. The distinguished groups to which he speaks include IEEE, the AWE, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, National Social Science Association, the APA, and others. A former officer for the APA Division 46: Society for Media Psychology & Technology,  he was presented with the President’s Accommodation Medal.

Course: Understanding Human Cognition in Augmented Reality Experiences

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