Communication Centers and Labs

The CARISMA Lab

The Center for Avatar Research and Immersive Social Media Applications (CARISMA) Lab opened in the fall of 2016. The department recruited Professor Gary Bente from the University of Cologne to lead the lab.

The CARISMA lab focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the effect of virtual reality (VR) experiences on human interaction and draws on basic research from fields like communication science, psychology, education, linguistics, computer science and engineering to refine and develop virtual reality technology for use in areas like education, training, therapy and rehabilitation and e-commerce.

More information about the CARISMA Lab and virtual reality research may be obtained from Brian Klebig

CMC Interaction Lab

Located in Oyer Hall, the CMC Interaction Lab allows for experiments to be conducted where participants are able to communicate with one another using computers in a distraction-free, closed environment. Additionally, the lab also allows for careful examination of nonverbal behaviors in one-on-one face-to-face interactions.

More information on the CMC Interaction Lab may be obtained from Dr. Brandon Van derHeide