Kyle Hunter Hickerson

Kyle Hunter Hickerson

Kyle Hunter Hickerson

Graduate Research Assistant

Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Autonomous Vehicles, Trust in Automation, Aggressive Driving, Virtual Reality

I graduated  from George Mason University to compelte my B.S. in Psychology. I joined a human factors lab my senior year and participated in planning a study surronding the star ship robots. I am currently a first year PhD student working with Dr. Yi-Ching Lee in the Health Behaviors Lab. 

Current Research

My current projects involve creating a virtual reality driving simulator in Unreal Engine 4, effects of family and media on acceptance of self-driving cars. My research interests include self-driving vehicles, virtual reality, psychometrics and quantitative data analysis as well as physiological measures.

Selected Publications

Hickerson, K. & Lee, Y.-C. (in preparation). The learning-to-drive process among individuals with ADHD.


Hickerson, K., & Lee, Y.-C. (2021). Influence of the Big Five on driving frequency during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceedings of the 2021 International Annual Meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Baltimore, MD

Grants and Fellowships

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Courses Taught

Psyc 100 - Basic Concepts in Psychology

Psyc 300 - Statistics in Psychology


PhD in Psychology - Fall 2020 to present

Concentration: Human Factors/Applied Cognition

George Mason University, Farifax, VA


B.S. Psychology - Graduated Spring 2019

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

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