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), motion tracking, and eye tracking technologies to study human-computer interaction and experience design. As a designer and consultant, his work has earned a mention in Forbes, driven investments, received industry awards and nominations including a Webby nomination for Best User Interface and a rare 10/10 from Computer Music. As a researcher, Jon's work has been supported by Bentley University, Brown University's Brain Science Program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the NASA RI Space Grant. His current research interests include healthcare communication, data visualization, environmental design, sustainability, and creative interfaces.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Computing Machinery: SIGSPATIAL
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group for Design of Communication
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
  • Boston Computer-Human Interaction
  • User Experience Professionals Association, Boston Chapter
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Interaction Design Association
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics Society
  • Spatial Intelligence Learning Center Spatial Network
  • Vision Sciences Society
  • Environmental Design Research Association
  • 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. (2021). Mapping the Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Design Thinking. Journal of the Knowledge Economy. 1-24. (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)
  • 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)
  • Hollander, J. B., Ericson, J. D., Wadley, D. (2021). Guest editorial for special issue, ASR. Architectural Science Review, (64) 4 317-318. (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Ericson, J. D., Albert, W., Duane, J. (). Examining the impact of political attitudes on perceptual and subjective evaluations of COVID-19 data visualizations. Big Data & Society. Forthcoming.

    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
  • 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