Nia Amazeen

Department of Psychology
P. O. Box 871104
Arizona State University
TEMPE
Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1104

Biography

Dr. Polemnia G. Amazeen is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology (Cognition, Action, and Perception) at Arizona State University. Dr. Amazeen earned her PhD in 1996 from the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action at the University of Connecticut and completed her postdoctoral training at the Faculty of Human Movement Science at the Vrije Universiteit—Amsteram.  Dr. Amazeen serves as the Secretary and is on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Ecological Psychology (ISEP).  She specializes in the treatment of coordination as a complex, dynamical system, searching for general principles in coordination patterns across people (social interactions) and within people (bimanual and motor-respiratory coordination) using the tools of dynamical systems analysis. 

 

Education

Ph.D., Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut 1996

Postdoctoral Training, Vrije Universiteit - Amsterdam

 

Videos

Research Group

Dynamics of Perception, Action, and Cognition (DPAC) 

Publications

  • Gibbons, C. T., Amazeen, P. G., & Likens, A. D. (in press). Effects of foot-placement on postural sway in the AP and ML directions. Motor Control
  • Amazeen, P. G., & Amazeen, E. L.  (2017). A systems approach to perception and action.  Ecological Psychology, 29 (3), 213–220.
  • Gorman, J. C., Amazeen, P. G., Crites, M. J., and Gipson, C. L.  (2017). Deviations from mirroring in interpersonal multifrequency coordination when visual information is occluded.  Experimental Brain Research, 235 (4), 1209-1221.
  • Gorman, J. C., Martin, M. J., Dunbars, T. A., Stevens, R. H., Galloway, T. L., Amazeen, P. G., & Likens, A. D.  (2016).  Cross-level effects between neurophysiological and cognitive-behavioral levels of analysis during team training.  Human Factors, 58 (1), 181-199.
  • Waddell, M. L., Fine, J. M., Likens, A., Amazeen, E. L., & Amazeen, P. G.  (2016). Perceived heaviness in the Context of Newton’s 2ndLaw:  Combined effects of muscle activity and lifting kinematics.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42 (3),363-374.
  • Fine, J. M., Likens, A. D., Amazeen, E. L., & Amazeen, P. G.  (2015). Emergent complexity matching in interpersonal coordination:  Local dynamics and global variability.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, 41(3), 723-737.
  • Likens, A. D., Fine, J. M., Amazeen, E. L., & Amazeen, P. G.  (2015). Experimental control of scaling behavior:  What is not fractal?  Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2813-2821.
  • Hessler, E. E., & Amazeen, P. G.  (2014). Learning and transfer in motor-respiratory coordination.  Human Movement Science, 33, 321-342.
  • Likens, A. D., Amazeen, P. G.,Stevens, R., Galloway, T., & Gorman, J. (2014). Neural signatures of team coordination are revealed by multifractal analysis.  Social Neuroscience, 9, 219-234.
  • Didonato, M. D., England, D., Martin, C. L, & Amazeen, P. G.  (2013). Dynamical analysis for the social sciences:  A primer for intrigued scientists, Human Development56, 59-75.
  • Stevens, R., Gorman, J., Amazeen, P. G., Likens, A., & Galloway, T.  (2013).  The organizational neurodynamics of teams.  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 17, 67-86.
  • Didonato, M. D., Martin, C. L, Hessler, E. E., Amazeen, P. G., Hanish, L. D., & Fabes, R. A.  (2012).  Gender-consistency and flexibility: Using dynamics to understand the relation between gender and adjustment.  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 14, 27-46.
  • Gorman, J. C., Cooke, N. J., Amazeen, P. G., & Fouse, S.  (2012). Measuring patterns in team interaction sequences using a discrete recurrence approach.  Human Factors, 54, 503-517.
  • Gorman, J. C., Hessler, E. E., Amazeen, P. G., Cooke, N. J., & Shope, S. M.  (2012). Dynamical analysis in real time: Detecting perturbations to team communication.  Ergonomics, 55, 825-839.
  • Holden, J. G., Choi, I., Amazeen, P. G.,& Van Orden, G. C.  (2011).  Fractal 1/f dynamics suggest entanglement of measurement and human performance.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, 37, 935-948.
  • Finan, P. H., Hessler, E. E., Amazeen, P. G., Butner, J., Zautra, A. J., & Tennen, H.  (2010).  Oscillations in daily pain prediction accuracy.  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 14, 27-46.
  • Gonzales, L. M., Hessler, E. E., & Amazeen, P. G.  (2010). Perceptual constraints on frequency ratio performance in motor-respiratory coordination.  Ecological Psychology, 22, 1-24.
  • Gorman, J. C., Amazeen, P. G.,& Cooke, N. J.  (2010). Team coordination dynamics.  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 14,265-289.
  • Gorman, J. C., Cooke, N. J. & Amazeen, P. G.  (2010). Training adaptive teams.  Human Factors, 52, 295-307.
    • Winner of the HFES Jerome H.Ely Award for Best Paper in Human Factors.
  • Hessler, E. E., Gonzales, L. M., & Amazeen, P. G.  (2010). Displays that facilitate performance of multifrequency ratios during motor-respiratory coordination.  Acta Psychologica, 133, 96-105

Research Activity

  • Amazeen, Polemnia, & Cooke,Nancy. Monitoring Extracting and Decoding Indicators of Cognitive Load (MEDIC II).  US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) with Charles River Associates.  (2015 - 2016).
  • Amazeen, Polemnia. Collaborative Research: Multifrequency coordination in dyads and teams. National Science Foundation (NSF) with Jamie Gorman (Georgia Tech) (2013 - 2017).
  • Amazeen, Polemnia. Modeling the Neurodynamics of Submarine Piloting and Navigation Teams. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with The Learning Chameleon and Texas Tech (2012 - 2014).  
  • Amazeen, Polemnia. Rapid Assessment of Team Cognitive Readiness. Office of Naval Research (ONR) with Sandia Research Corporation (2011).  
  • Amazeen, Polemnia. Dynamical Modeling of Communications for Assessment and Enhancement of Team Performance.  Office of Naval Research (ONR) with Sandia Research Corporation (2007 - 2011).
  • Cooke, Nancy, & Amazeen, Polemnia. Automatic Tagging of Macrocognitive Collaborative Processes Through Communication Analyses. Office of Naval Research (ONR) (2007 - 2008).
  • Amazeen, Polemnia, & Hinrichs, Richard. Dynamics of Motor-Respiratory Coupling. National Science Foundation (NSF) (2005 - 2009).

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 576Dynamical Systems in Psych
PSY 591Seminar
PSY 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 576Dynamical Systems in Psych
PSY 591Seminar
PSY 598Special Topics

Presentations

  • Amazeen, P. G.  Introduction to dynamical systems.  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 
  • Amazeen, P. G., & Butner, J. Dynamics of social interaction:  A search for universals.  International Conference on Complex Systems, Tempe, AZ.
  • Amazeen, P. G.  Modeling social interaction:  Multifrequency coordination.  Computationally intensive modeling of social interaction, University of Arizona Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ. 
  • Amazeen, P. G., Hessler, E. E., & Gorman, J. C.  Learning dynamics: Lessons from attractor reconstruction. Santa Fe Institute and Friam Group.

Professional Associations

The International Society for Ecological Psychology - Secretary, Board of Directors, Nominations Committee

 

Service

Community Service:

  • Scientific Method, field trips for refugee students and elementary students from Title I schools
  • Science! - scientific outreach to area schools.
  • Math in Our Behavior - scientific outreach to area schools.
  • Motor-Respiratory Coordination and Posture and Balance - science lessons for area schools.
  • Women's Mentoring Day - at area high school.
  • SCience and ENgineeering Experience (SCENE), ASU program for high school students
  • Night of the Open Door - ASU community outreach

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Post-Doctoral Fellow

J. C. Gorman

Ph.D. Dissertation Committees

J. G. Holden

J. E. Butner

D. Lantero

J. C. Gorman

E. Hessler (Chair)

M. DiDonato

T. Sasaki

J. Fine

A. Likens  (Chair)

A. Danvers

M. Demir 

Y. Cho (Expected 2018)

J. Jackson (Expected 2018)

C. Gibbons (Chair)  (Expected 2019)