Amber Dunning
Amber Dunning, Ph.D.
Scientist
Human Factors
Los Angeles

Dr. Dunning has experience in human perception and vision, cognition, motor control, and decision-making. She is a proficient programmer who has developed apps and programs for research and casework. She employs state-of-the-art computational modeling methods to gain insight into, and predict, human behavior, including visual perception and decision making. Dr. Dunning’s experience also includes the computational modeling of glare, quantitative lighting assessments and performing calibrated nighttime photography in order to accurately evaluate visibility in a given environment. Paired with her background and scientific knowledge in perception and performance, her skillset enables her to assess and understand human behavior in a variety of situations, including vehicular and pedestrian accidents, slips, trips and falls, and incidents involving consumer products.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Dunning graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on neural engineering, and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, specializing in signal processing. Her doctoral dissertation focused on characterizing and emphasizing the influence of risk in the environment on human behavior. She designed and executed studies to investigate the role of uncertainty and perturbations in both the motor and visual domain on human movement. She also implemented a visually guided risk-aware reaching robot controlled by a neural network that exemplified many of the results she found in the human studies.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2017
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2016
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2015
  • B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Arizona State University, 2011
  • Provost Fellowship Award, University of Southern California, 2011-2016

    Undergraduate Honors, summa cum laude

    Barrett Honor College and Mayo Clinic Arizona Premedical Scholar, 2009-2011

    Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Arizona State University, 2007-2011

Publications

Dunning A, Ghoreyshi A, Bertucco M, Sanger T. The Tuning of Human Motor Response to Risk in a Dynamic Environment Task 2015;PLoS ONE 10(4): e0125461. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125461

Conference Presentations and Abstracts

Dunning A, Sanger TD. The Tuning of the Stretch Reflex Response to Risk. Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA 2016.

Dunning A, Bertucco M, Sanger TD. The Tuning of Reflexes Response to Risk in a Dynamic Environment Task. Presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Charleston, SC, USA April 2015.

Bertucco M, Dunning A, Sanger TD. Tuning of postural responses to instability and cost function. Progress in Motor Control X. Budapest, Hungary, July, 2015.

Bertucco M, Dunning A, Sanger TD. Tuning of postural responses to instability and cost function. ISPGR World Congress. Seville, Spain, June, 2015. 

Bertucco M, Dunning A, Sanger TD. Tuning of standing posture to instability and cost function. 25th Annual Meeting, Neural Control of Movement Society. Charleston, SC, USA, April, 2015. 

Dunning A, Bertucco M, Ghoreyshi A, Sanger TD. The Tuning of Perturbation Response to Risk in a Dynamic Environment Task. Presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 2014.

Dunning A, Bertucco M, Ghoreyshi A, Sanger TD. The Tuning of Human Motor Response to Uncertainty and Risk in a Dynamic Environment Task. Presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 2013.

Dunning A, Ghoreyshi A, Sanger TD. Sensitivity Curves for Stochastic Dithered Images. Presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA, USA, October 2012.

Professional Affiliations

Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Society for Neuroscience

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2017
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2016
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2015
  • B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Arizona State University, 2011
  • Provost Fellowship Award, University of Southern California, 2011-2016

    Undergraduate Honors, summa cum laude

    Barrett Honor College and Mayo Clinic Arizona Premedical Scholar, 2009-2011

    Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Arizona State University, 2007-2011