Güler Arsal, PhD

Güler Arsal, PhD Contact Guler.Arsal@envisionus.com 316-440-1528 Expertise And Interests
  • Cognitive task analysis techniques
  • Cognitive process-tracing methods
  • Skill acquisition and skilled performance

ibMilwaukee Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Güler Arsal is an ibMilwaukee Research Fellow with the Envision Research Institute, working under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Ward, a Professor of Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Northern Colorado and Dr. Alex Chaparro, a Professor of Human Factors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physical Education and Sports from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Sport and Exercise Psychology under the guidance of Dr. David W. Eccles from Florida State University. After graduation, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Her main research interests lie in the area of skilled performance, and on improving human performance through training and technological design. She studies human performance in both laboratory and real-world settings using cognitive task analysis techniques (e.g., goal-directed task analyses and critical decision method interviews) and cognitive process-tracing methods (e.g., think-aloud reports and verbal protocol analysis). For example, as part of the Applied Cognition and Cognitive Engineering research group at the University of Huddersfield, she assessed the impact of high-tech sensors on military helicopter pilots’ ability to operate safely in degraded visual environments (i.e., darkness, fog, and mist). For her dissertation research, she examined the real-time cognitive activities of golfers by eliciting concurrent verbal reports from skilled and less-skilled golfers while they completed golf-putting tasks that varied in difficulty.

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Eccles, D. W., & Arsal, G. (2017). The think aloud method: What is it and how do I use it? Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9, 514–531. 

Arsal, G., Eccles, D. W., & Ericsson, K. A. (2016). Cognitive mediation of putting: Use of a think-aloud measure and implications for studies of golf-putting in the laboratory. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 27, 18–27.

Eccles, D. W., & Arsal, G. (2015). How do they make it look so easy? The expert athlete's cognitive advantage. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 609–615.

Drislane, L. E., Patrick, C. J., & Arsal, G. (2014). Clarifying the content coverage of differing psychopathy inventories through reference to the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure. Psychological Assessment, 22, 350–362.

Razon, S., Mandler, K., Arsal, G., Tokac, U., & Tenenbaum, G. (2014). Effects of imagery on effort perception and cycling endurance. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 9, 23–38.

Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., Goldsmith, E., & Arsal, G. (2013). The relationship between retirement wealth and householders’ lifetime personal financial and investing behaviors. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 47, 432–464.

Razon, S., Turner, J., Johnson, T. E., Arsal, G., & Tenenbaum, G. (2012). Effects of a collaborative annotation method on students’ learning and learning-related motivation and affect. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 350–359