Dr Anne Collins McLaughlin

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Associate Professor


Anne McLaughlin received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Georgia Intitute of Technology. She has been an Assistant Professor at NC State since 2007, directing the LACElab (Learning, Aging, and Cognitive Ergonomics) and co-directing the Gains Through Gaming Lab with Dr. Jason Allaire.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Motivation for cognitively complex activities
  • Age-related changes in cognitive abilities
  • Learning
  • Training to use technology
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Training for maintenence of cognitive ability
  • Safety in multiple domains


Descriptions of projects may be found here.

Extension and Community Engagement



Recent publications:

Pak, R., McLaughlin, A. C., Rovira, E., & High, L. (accepted). Self-driving vehicles as an aging intervention:  Examining the effects of automation reliability, driving risk, and physical impairment on younger and older adults’ trust. Frontiers in Psychology.

Pak, R., Rovira, E., McLaughlin, A. C., & Leidheiser, W. (in press). Evaluating attitudes and experience with emerging technology in cadets and civilian undergraduates. Military Psychology.

McLaughlin, A. C. & McGill, A. E. (2017). Explicitly teaching critical thinking skills in a history course. Science & Education. doi: 10.1007/s11191-017-9878-2

Zhang, S., Grenhart, W., McLaughlin, A. C., Allaire, J. (2017). Predicting computer proficiency in older adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 67, 106-112.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.006

Thomas, E. M., Binder, A. R., McLaughlin, A., Jaykus, L., Hanson, D., Powell, D., & Chapman, B. (2016). Assessment of risk communication about undercooked hamburgers by restaurant servers, Journal of Food Protection, 79(12), 2113–2118. doi:10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-16-065

Rovira, E., Pak, R., & McLaughlin, A. C. (2016). Effects of individual differences in working memory on performance and trust with various degrees of automation. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science. doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1463922X.2016.1252806

McLaughlin, A. C., Ward, J., & Keene, B. W. (2016). Development of a veterinary surgical checklist: Supporting theory of mind in team members. Ergonomics in Design, 24(4), 27-34. doi:10.1177/1064804615621411


  • B.A. in Psychology/English Literature from Trinity University, 1998
  • M.S. in Engineering Psychology from Georgia Tech, 2003
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology from Georgia Tech, 2007