Wichita Auditory Research Group (WARG) Lab 

Director: Carryl L. Baldwin Professor and Director 

First it should be noted that the A in WARG stands for not only auditory research but also aging, attention, aviation, alarms and automation.  These are all active research interests for members of our lab.  

Our lab has on-going externally funded research involving human interaction with automation, particularly related to attention in partially automated vehicles.  Much of our work intersects with neuroergonomics – using physiological metrics of brain based activity to design and evaluate complex interfaces and systems. Much of our work has been funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Additional externally funded projects have successfully been completed for NIH-NIA, NASA Ames, NASA Langley, Wright Patterson Airforce Base, AFOSR, as well as private companies such as Toyota, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin.  We have completed and published work involving auditory and multimodal alarms, an driver and pilot attention, mind wandering, workload, and communication. 

Research Focus Areas:

  • Aging
  • Alarms
  • Attention
  • Auditory Cognition
  • Automation and Performance
  • Aviation
  • Driver Vehicle Interface Design and Optimization
  • Neuroergonomics

Smart Car                                                  EEG and Eyetracking

Current Research Funding

  • Driver Vigilance with Level 2 and Level 3 Vehicle Automation for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Impact of Pandemic on Social Isolation Among Older Adults for the WSU Regional Institute on Aging
  • Evaluation of the Rigil Training Technology Platform Mobile Applicatons for FAA ATO Technical Training

Lab Members (in alphabetical order):
  • Steven Chong
  • Keven Morales
  • Shivani Nagrecha
  • Taylor Shupsky

Selected Publications
  1. Greenwood, P.M., and Baldwin, C.L. (2020). Editorial:  Cognitive and Brain Aging:  Interventions to Promote Well-Being in Aging.  Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
  2. Foster, P.P., Greenwood, P.M., Baldwin, C.L., Thompson, J.C., Epeseth, T., and Jiang, X. (2019) Editorial: Cognitive and Brain Aging:  Interventions to Promote Well-Being in Aging.  Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
  3. Calvo, J.*, Baldwin, C. L. and Phillips, B. (2020).  Effect of Age and Secondary Task Engagement on Motor Vehicle Crashes in a Naturalistic Setting. Journal of Safety Research, 73, 297-302 
  4. Cisler, D.*, Greenwood, P. M., Roberts, D. M., McKendrick, Ryan, & Baldwin, C. L. (2019). Comparing the Relative Strengths of EEG and Low-Cost Physiological Devices in Modeling Attention Allocation in Semiautonomous Vehicles. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2019.00109


Carryl Baldwin Ph.D.

Dr. Carryl L. Baldwin 
Office Location: Jabara Hall room
Email: carryl.baldwin@wichita.edu