Jonathan Ericson

  • Assistant Professor, Information Design and Corporate Communication
  • Ph.D. Brown University
  • Sc.M. Brown University
  • B.S. University of Connecticut

Teaching Interests

User experience, interaction design, data visualization, human factors, applied cognitive science

Research Interests

User experience (UX) design; healthcare; virtual reality (VR); augmented reality (AR); mixed reality (MR); motion tracking; eye tracking; psychophysiology; games for impact, embodied cognition; ecological psychology; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); design ethics; design pedagogy; complex systems; environmental design; architecture; creative interfaces; accessibility

Consulting/Practice Interests

User experience (UX) design, virtual reality, data visualization, healthcare, sustainability

Bio

Jon Ericson uses virtual reality (VR) and related emerging technologies to study human-computer interaction (HCI) and experience design (XD). As a design leader and consultant, his work has earned a mention in Forbes, driven investments, supported a successful startup acquisition, and garnered industry awards. Jon teaches experience design courses in Bentley’s M.S. in Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) and Information Design & Corporate Communication (IDCC) programs. He regularly serves as an invited reviewer for journals and conferences in multiple fields, and he is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of User Experience. Jon's research has been supported by Brown University's Brain Science Program and the NASA RI Space Grant. His current research interests include healthcare communication, spatial cognition, data visualization, and environmental design.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Computing Machinery: SIGSPATIAL 2017 - Present
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group for Design of Communication 2017 - Present
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques 2017 - Present
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction 2017 - Present
  • Boston Computer-Human Interaction 2017 - Present
  • User Experience Professionals Association, Boston Chapter 2017 - Present
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts 2016 - Present
  • Association of Computing Machinery 2013 - Present
  • Interaction Design Association 2012 - Present
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 2011 - Present
  • Spatial Intelligence Learning Center Spatial Network 2010 - Present
  • Vision Sciences Society 2009 - 2014
  • Environmental Design Research Association 2011 - 2012
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2013, GIS S4 Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2013, Professor Lorrin A. Riggs Graduate Student Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2010, NASA Rhode Island Space Grant, Brown University
  • 2008, Brain Science Program Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2007, First Year Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2004, New England Scholar, University of Connecticut
  • 2002, Achievement Scholarship, University of Connecticut
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W. S., Bernard, B. P., Brown, E. (2022). End-User License Agreements (EULAs): Investigating the impact of human-centered design on perceived usability, attitudes, and anticipated behavior. Information Design Journal, (26) 3 1-19. (Link)
  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W., Duane, J. (2022). Political affiliation moderates subjective interpretations of COVID-19 graphs. Big Data & Society. 1-16. (Link)
  • Stosic, M. D., Duane, J., Durieux, B., Sando, M., Robicheaux, E., Podolski, M., Sanders, J. J., Ericson, J. D., Hartigan, D. B. (2022). Patient preference for telehealth background shapes impressions of physicians and information recall: a randomized experiment. Telemedicine and e-Health. (Link) Forthcoming.
  • Duane, J., Hartigan, D. B., Sanders, J. J., Caponigro, E., Robicheaux, E., Bernard, B., Podolski, M., Ericson, J. D. (2021). Environmental Considerations for Effective Telehealth Encounters: A Narrative Review and Implications for Best Practice. Telemedicine and e-Health. (Link)
  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W. S., Bernard, B. P. (2021). Investigating the relationship between web object characteristics and cognitive conflict using mouse-tracking. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, (37) 2 99-117. (Link)
  • Ericson, J. D. (2021). Mapping the Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Design Thinking. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, (13) 1 1-24. (Link)
  • Sanders, J. J., Capponigro, E., Ericson, J. D., Dubey, M., Duane, J., Orr, S., Pirl, W., Tulsky, J., Hartigan, D. B. (2021). Virtual Environments to Study Emotional Responses to Clinical Communication: A scoping review. Patient Education and Counseling. (Link)
  • Hollander, J. B., Ericson, J. D., Wadley, D. (2021). Guest editorial for special issue, ASR. Architectural Science Review, (64) 4 317-318. (Link)
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2020). Probing the Invariant Structure of Spatial Knowledge: Support for the cognitive graph hypothesis. Cognition, (104276) 1-20. (Link)
  • Cranmer, A., Ericson, J. D., Ebers Broughel, A., Bernard, B., Robicheaux, E., Podolski, M. (2020). Worth a thousand words: Presenting wind turbines in virtual reality reveals new opportunities for social acceptance and visualization research. Energy Research & Social Science, (67) 101507. (Link)
  • Ericson, J. D., Chrastil, E. R., Warren, W. H. (2020). Space Syntax Visibility Graph Analysis is not robust to changes in spatial and temporal resolution. Environment & Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, (48) 6 1-17. (Link)
  • Warren, W. H., Rothman, D. B., Schnapp, B. H., Ericson, J. D. (2017). Wormholes in virtual space: From cognitive maps to cognitive graphs. Cognition, (166) 152-163. (Link)

    Conference Proceedings


  • Strater, L.Clamann, M.Kaber, D.Meglan, D.Procci, K.Bowers, C.Andrews, A.Ericson, J. D.Warren, W.Balakrishnan, B.Kallisteris, L. (2012). Me and my VE Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, (56) 1 2512-2516.
  • Duane, J.Stosic, M.Ericson, J. D.Durieux, B.Sanders, J.Robicheaux, E.Hartigan, D. B. (). The Virtual Doctor Is In: The Effect of Telehealth Visits on Patient Experience Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). Forthcoming.

  • Presentations

  • Ericson, J. D., Cranmer, A., Broughel, A. (2021). “Using virtual reality and visual discrete choice tasks to examine public attitudes toward offshore wind energy projects” Presented at theBehavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) Online
  • Ericson, J. D., Stosic, M., Hartigan, D. B., , J. J., Sando, M., Durieux, B., Duane, J. E., Robicheaux, E. (2021). “What’s in the Frame: Telehealth backgrounds shape patient experience and information recall” Presented at the Academy of Communication in Healthcare International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) Online
  • Duane, J. E., Ericson, J. D., Hartigan, D. B., Sanders, J. J., Durieux, B., Caponigro, E., Robicheaux, E., Podolski, M., Sando, M., Bernard, B., Stosic, M. (2021). “Examining Patients' Perceptions of Telehealth Visits” Presented at the Bentley University Annual Research Showcase Bentley University
  • Duane, J., Ericson, J. D., Hartigan, D. B., Sanders, J., Podolski, M., Sando, M., Yen, B., Stosic, M. (2021). “Examining Patients’ Perceptions of Telehealth Visits” Presented at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Just Environments (EDRA '52) Detroit, MI
  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W., Duane, J. (2021). “Do You See What I See? Examining the relationship between political attitudes and the perception of COVID-19 data visualizations” Presented at the Bentley University; Bryant University; Tufts University; UMass Lowell Analytics Without Borders 2021 Waltham, MA
  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W., Duane, J. (2021). “Examining subjective and perceptual evaluations of COVID-19 data visualizations” Presented at the Bentley University Confronting the Pandemic with Research: Bentley University’s Contribution Waltham, MA
  • Duane, J., Hartigan, D. B., Sanders, J. J., Caponigro, E., Robicheaux, E., Bernard, B., Podolski, M., Ericson, J. D. (2021). “The role of environmental factors in Telehealth encounters” Presented at the Bentley University Confronting the Pandemic with Research: Bentley University’s Contribution Waltham, MA
  • Ericson, J. D. (2020). “Minds in Motion: Using positional data to study human behavior and cognition” Presented at the Tufts University Analytics Without Borders 2020 Boston, MA
  • Ericson, J. D. (2019). “The Joy of Friction” Presented at the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) UXPA Boston 2019 Boston, MA
  • Ericson, J. D., Chrastil, E. R., Warren, W. H. (2018). “Evaluating a space syntax measure at high resolution” Presented at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) EDRA 2018 Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ericson, J. D. (2017). “The Geometry of Cognitive Maps” Presented at the Bentley University 4th Annual Research Showcase Waltham, MA
  • Ericson, J. D. (2017). “The UX of Virtual Reality: A practical guide to immersive experience design” Presented at the Boston User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) UXPA Boston 2017 Boston, MA
  • Ericson, J. D. (2017). “Evaluating Space Syntax Measures at High Spatial Resolution” Presented at the Bentley University 5th Annual Research Showcase Waltham, MA
  • Ericson, J. D. (2017). “Lost in Space: Navigating virtual and architectural environments.” Presented at the MIT Lincoln Labs Virtual and Augmented Reality Seminar Series Lexington, MA
  • Ericson, J. D. (2017). “The Extended Workplace: Virtual and augmented reality systems” Presented at the Bentley University Research Colloquium on “The Future of Work” Waltham, MA
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2014). “The Structure of Spatial Knowledge: Do humans learn the geometry, topology, or stable properties of the environment?” Presented at theVision Sciences Society Annual Meeting St. Petersburg Beach, FL
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2012). “The Influence of Cast Shadows on Learning a non-Euclidean Virtual Hedge Maze Environment” Presented at theAnnual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society Minneapolis, MN
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2012). “The Escher Museum” Presented at theDemo presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Boston, MA
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2012). “The influence of cast shadows on learning a non-Euclidean virtual hedge maze environment” Presented at theVision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Naples, FL
  • Ericson, J. D. (2011). “Integrating cognitive, artificial intelligence, and architectural approaches to spatial mapping” Presented at theEnvironmental Design & Research Association (EDRA) Annual Meeting Chicago, IL
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2010). “The influence of external landmarks on learning a non-Euclidean wormhole environment” Presented at theSpatial Cognition Mt. Hood, OR
  • Ericson, J. D. (2010). “The influence of external landmarks, the sun, and cast shadows on learning a wormhole environment” Presented at theVision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Naples, FL
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2009). “Ordinal violations in human spatial knowledge for navigation” Presented at theAnnual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society Boston, MA
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2009). ““Rips” and “Folds” in virtual space: Ordinal violations in human spatial knowledge” Presented at theVision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Naples, FL
  • Ericson, J. D., Warren, W. H. (2008). “Rips and folds in virtual space: Reliance on graph structure during navigation” Presented at theAnnual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society Chicago, IL
  • Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • Conwexity, ().
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Search Committee (Executive Director, User Experience Center) 2021 - Present
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Admitted Student Day - 2021
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Admitted Student Day - 2020
  • HFID Program Representative for Graduate Preview Day - 2020
  • Committee Member for Faculty Search Committee - 2019
  • Committee Member for Faculty Search Committee 2017 - 2019
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Fall Open House - 2019
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Admitted Student Day - 2019
  • Committee Member for MSHFID Thesis Committee 2017 - 2018
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Admitted Student Day - 2018
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Fall Open House - 2017
  • IDCC Dept. Representative for Admitted Student Day - 2017
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Health Thought Leadership Network (TLN) Executive Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Academic Standards Committee 2018 - Present
  • Panelist for Discover Bentley Faculty Panel - 2019
  • Participant for Bentley University's Strategic Planning - 2019
  • Participant for Brand Focus Group Workshop - 2019
  • HFID Program Representative for Graduate Student Reception - 2019
  • Committee Member for Dean of Business Search Committee 2018 - 2019
  • Participant for Bentley University's Strategic Planning - 2018
  • Mentor (Faculty) for GA Conversation Partner's Program 2017 - 2018
  • Graduate Student Liaison for Sheridan Center, Brown University 2009 - 2010
  • Graduate Student Liaison for Brown University 2008 - 2009
  • Dept. Representative for Graduate Student Council, Brown University 2008 - 2009
  • Professional Service


  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for ACM CHI 2022 2021 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member for Journal of Usability Studies 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of the Knowledge Economy 2021 - 2022
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 2021 - 2021
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2018 - 2021
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications 2021 - 2021
  • Editor (Associate), Journal for Architectural Science Review 2019 - 2021
  • ESL Editorial Assistant for New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2021 - 2021
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for European Spatial Research and Policy - 2020
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Information Design Journal - 2020
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Sustainability - 2019
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of Physiotheraphy Theory & Practice 2017 - 2019
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Interacting With Computers - 2018
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - 2018
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) - 2017
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Real Industry - 2016
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Environment & Behavior 2013 - 2013