Curtis Craig

Research Associate

Curtis Craig is a research associate in the HumanFIRST Laboratory at the University of Minnesota's Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research record includes cognitive analysis of decision-making in health care, skill acquisition and visuomotor distortions in surgery, cognitive differences in experts and novices in problem solving approaches, and the impact of executive function in vigilance. His interests center on cognitive control, expertise, and human error, along with their neuropsychological underpinnings and application to safety-critical domains such as transportation and health care.

In 2016, Curtis earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a focus in Human Factors from Texas Tech University. Prior to this, he earned a M.S. in Applied Cognition & Neuroscience and a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Selected Publications

Craig, C., Klein, M. I., Griswold, J., Gaitonde, K., McGill, T., & Halldorsson, A. (2012). Using cognitive task analysis to identify critical decisions in the laparoscopic environment. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 54(6), 1025-1039.

Craig, C., Klein, M. I., & Rinaldo, S. B. (2015, September). Oxygenation of the Prefrontal Cortex during Sequential Planning in the Tower of London. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 115-119). SAGE Publications.

Klein, M. I., Mouraviev, V., Craig, C., Salamone, L., Plerhoples, T. A., Wren, S. M., & Gaitonde, K. (2014). Mental stress experienced by first-year residents and expert surgeons with robotic and laparoscopic surgery interfaces. Journal of Robotic Surgery, 8(2), 149-155.

Taraban, R., Craig, C., & Anderson, E. E. (2011). Using paper-and-pencil solutions to assess problem solving skill. Journal of Engineering Education, 100(3), 498-519.