The Media School
trlross 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I am a candidate in the joint PhD Program in Telecommunication and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, which often leads people to ask me what I do. In short, I work at the intersection of social science research, digital media, computing, and education. This means that I am interested in a lot of things, but to keep things manageable I currently focus on only a few.
First, I am interested in the motivational aspects of media design. For example, my dissertation applies aspects of economic game theory, communication, psychology, and video game design to explore how social norms can be expressed and controlled in online communities. I think this research will prove valuable for anyone who wants to manage antisocial and prosocial behavior in online communities - particularly online video games.
Second, I am interested in the application of digital media to education and training. I've recently been working with Dr. Edward Castronova and a number of other faculty members at Indiana University on a project called the Center for Digital Engagement. The goal of the center is to explore how digital media can be used to engage the 21st century learner. In addition, I also work on a multi-university team, which is creating a video game for training intelligence analysts to recognize and mitigate cognitive biases in their work.
In the past I have worked as a software developer, game designer, STEM summer camp counselor, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Bartica, Guyana.