Evan Carr
Evan W. Carr, Ph.D.
Scientist
Human Factors
Phoenix

Dr. Carr is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in attention, perception, attitudes, and information processing. He has applied this knowledge to a variety of domains, including display designs, product evaluations, virtual teams, autonomous systems, and computational models of user behavior. In his research, he has used a wide range of advanced methods, including (but not limited to) large-scale surveys, psychophysics, eye-tracking, electromyography, cardiography measures, and high-speed video analysis. Dr. Carr’s work has also been featured in prominent media outlets such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Carr completed his Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research focused on how the speed and efficiency of information processing affects snap judgments of other people, products, and stimuli. As a graduate student, Dr. Carr also taught courses in cognitive science, social psychology, consumer behavior, and research methods. In 2013, Dr. Carr was awarded the prestigious National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship from the United States Department of Defense for his research achievements. Following graduate school, Dr. Carr served as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School, where he continued his research in human cognition and user behavior, while also teaching courses to Columbia MBA students.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, 2016
  • M.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2013
  • B.S., Hospitality Management, Cornell University, 2011, with distinction
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management Area, Columbia Business School, 2016-2018

    Nomination for UCSD Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal, 2017

    National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow, 2013-2016

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention, 2013

Publications

Carr, E.W., Kever, A., & Winkielman, P. (2018). Embodiment of emotion and its situated nature. In A. Newen, L. de Bruin, & S. Gallagher (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognition: Embodied, Embedded, Enactive, and Extended. Oxford University Press.

Vogel, T., Carr, E. W., Davis, T., & Winkielman, P. (2018). Category structure determines the relative attractiveness of global versus local averages. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(2), 250-267.

Carr, E.W., Brady, T.F., & Winkielman, P. (2017). Are you smiling, or have I seen you before? Familiarity makes faces look happier. Psychological Science, 28(8), 1087-1102.

Carr, E.W., Huber, D.E., Pecher, D., Zeelenberg, R., Halberstadt, J., & Winkielman, P. (2017). The ugliness-in-averageness effect: Tempering the warm glow of familiarity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112(6), 787-812.

Carr, E.W., Hofree, G., Sheldon, K., Saygin, A.P., & Winkielman, P. (2017). Is that a human? Categorization (dis)fluency drives evaluations of agents ambiguous on human-likeness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(4), 651-666.

Farmer, H., Carr, E.W., Svartdal, M., Winkielman, P., & Hamilton, A.F.C. (2016). Status and power do not modulate automatic imitation of intransitive hand movements. PLoS One, 11(4), e0151835.

Winkielman, P., Carr, E.W., Chakrabarti, B., Hofree, G., & Kavanagh, L.C. (2016). Mimicry, emotion, and social context: Insights from typical and atypical humans, robots, and androids. In U. Hess & A. Fisher (Eds.), Emotional mimicry in social context. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

Winkielman, P., Carr, E.W., Hofree, G., & Kavanagh, L.C. (2016). Imitation, Emotion, and Embodiment. In B. Brożek, J. Stelmach, & Ł. Kwiatek (Eds), The Normative Mind. Copernicus Center Press: Krakow, Poland.

Owen, H.E., Halberstadt, J., Carr, E.W., & Winkielman, P. (2016). Johnny Depp, reconsidered: How category-relative processing fluency determines the appeal of gender ambiguity. PLoS One, 11(2), e0146328.

Carr, E.W., Rotteveel, M., & Winkielman, P. (2016). Easy moves: Perceptual fluency facilitates approach-related action. Emotion, 16(4), 540-552.

*Kogan, A., *Oveis, C., Carr, E.W., Gruber, J., Mauss, I.B., Shallcross, A., Impett, E.A., van der Löwe, I., Hui, B., Cheng, C., & Keltner, D. (2014). Vagal activity is quadratically related to prosocial traits, prosocial emotions, and observer perceptions of prosociality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 1051-1063 [*co-first authors]

Carr, E.W. & Winkielman, P. (2014). When mirroring is both simple and “smart”: How mimicry can be embodied, adaptive, and non-representational. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(505).

Carr, E.W., Korb, S., Niedenthal, P., & Winkielman, P. (2014). The two sides of spontaneity: Movement onset asymmetries in facial expressions influence social judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 31–36.

Carr, E.W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. (2014). Transforming the mirror: Power fundamentally changes facial responding to emotional expressions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 997-1003. 

Presentations

Carr, E.W., Brady, T.F., & Winkielman, P. Are you smiling, or have I seen you before? Familiarity makes faces happier. Flash talk at symposium on Emotion Perception, Society for Affective Science (SAS) conference, 2017.

Carr, E.W., Huber, D.E., Pecher, D., Zeelenberg, R., Halberstadt, J., & Winkielman, P. The ugliness-in-averageness effect: Tempering the warm glow of familiarity. Poster presentation, Association for Psychological Science (APS) conference, 2016.

Carr, E.W., Hofree, G., Sheldon, K., Saygin, A.P., & Winkielman, P. Are you human? Categorization (dis)fluency drives affective responses to agents with ambiguous human-likeness. Presentation at symposium on Innovating Interactions and Using Emerging Technologies to Investigate Social Cognition, Association for Psychological Science (APS) conference, 2016.

Winkielman, P. & Carr, E.W. Affect and Social Interactions. Methods Luncheon, Society for Affective Science (SAS) conference, 2015.

Carr, E.W., Rotteveel, M., & Winkielman, P. Easy moves: Perceptual fluency facilitates approach action-tendencies. Presentation at symposium on Implicit Affective Processes: Assessment and Underlying Mechanisms, International Convention for Psychological Science (ICPS) conference, 2015.

Carr, E.W., Rotteveel, M., & Winkielman, P. Easy moves: Perceptual fluency facilitates approach action-tendencies. Poster presentation at Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference, 2015.

Carr, E.W., Rotteveel, M., & Winkielman, P. When smooth thoughts lead to smooth moves: Cognitive fluency facilitates approach movement and behavior. Poster presentations at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN) conferences, 2013.

Carr, E.W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. Transforming the mirror: Hierarchical verticality fundamentally changes spontaneous facial mimicry. Poster presentation at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) conference, 2013.

Carr, E.W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. When anger makes you smile and smiles leave you cold: Hierarchical verticality fundamentally changes spontaneous facial mimicry. Poster presentation at the Aigina Summer School on Embodied Inter-subjectivity (Athens, Greece), 2013.

Carr, E.W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. Coming face-to-face with status: Effects of perceiver power on spontaneous facial mimicry. Poster presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference, 2013.

Carr, E.W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. Differential states of subjective power influence spontaneous facial mimicry. Poster presentation at Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN) conferences, 2012.

Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management Area, Columbia Business School, 2016-2018

Professional Affiliations

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Psychonomic Society

Cognitive Science Society

Association for Psychological Science

Project Experience

Acted as consulting UX researcher for design firm. Conducted experiments and provided recommendations on end-to-end product redesign for high-profile client in the consumer tech space.

Created and conceptualized anomaly detection methods for complex user interfaces in defense and process control applications (using R, Python, and MATLAB to run simulations).

Led multi-experiment data collection and analysis for studies on icon design and error detection in supervisory control displays.

Designed and utilized a command and control platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which examined how cognitive workload affects operator performance during supervisory control tasks. Built an analysis pipeline in R to evaluate key performance outcomes (i.e., heart rate variability, pupillary response, and respiration).

Served as consulting researcher for client in travel consulting. Conducted quantitative and qualitative research analyses, and provided recommendations to be used in annual reports.

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Psychological Science

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

Emotion

Current Directions in Psychological Science

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

Cognition and Emotion

European Journal of Social Psychology

Child Development

Memory

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, 2016
  • M.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2013
  • B.S., Hospitality Management, Cornell University, 2011, with distinction
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management Area, Columbia Business School, 2016-2018

    Nomination for UCSD Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal, 2017

    National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow, 2013-2016

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention, 2013