In November the DMF lab hosted Dr Tripp Shealy – an associate Professor from Virginia Tech currently undertaking a visiting position at the University of Strathclyde. The visit gave us the opportunity to hear an invited talk by Tripp and also discuss potential collaboration opportunities, especially around the design cognition work that the DMF lab has been undertaking. This is especially related to Mark Goudswaard’s Researcher in Residence with the Digital Catapult.
Tripp’s talk detailed learnings from studying the designing brain with insights as to how engineering design research can be augmented by cognitive neuroscience. It covered key findings from Tripp’s near decade conducting research in this space. These included results such as those in the figure below that demonstrates how the use of certain design tools are able to reduce the cognitive loads on the designer.
Thanks Tripp for the talk, and we at the DMF lab look forward to undertaking further collaborative research going forwards where we can push the frontiers of how design cognition research can enable improved design practice.