Jason A Droll, PhD
Senior Scientist

Dr. Droll is a human factors expert. He analyzes the performance and behavior of people in a variety of tasks, such as when driving or using consumer products. Dr. Droll is available to provide expert testimony and has over 10 years of experience in preparing reports.

Credentials
PhD, Brain and Cognitive Science, 2005
MS, Brain and Cognitive Science, 2003
BA, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 1998

Areas of Specialization

  • Driver/operator vision and visibility
  • Perception/response
  • Attention/distraction
  • Memory
  • Motor coordination
  • Warnings, labels and signage

Education
Doctor of Philosophy, Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Rochester, 2005
Masters of Science, Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Rochester, 2003
Bachelor of Arts, Molecular and Cellular Biology; Minor: Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998

Professional Associations
Illuminating Engineering Society, 2015
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, since 2008
Society for Neuroscience, 1999 - 2007

Research Activities
Fellowships and Grants
Post Doctoral Fellowship, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.   Project Title: “Optimizing Visual Change Detection and Gaze Control by Learning Scene Statistics.” Award: $120,000 annually, 2006 – 2008
Travel Scholarship (Top Ten Student Abstracts), Vision Sciences Society, 2004
Travel Scholarship, European Conference on Visual Perception, 2003
NEI Pre-doctoral Training Grant, University of Rochester, Award: $25,000 annually, 1999 – 2003

Scholary Activities
2005 - Present
Reviewer, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Reviewer, Reed Elsevier Publications
Reviewer, Vision Research
Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology
Reviewer, Cognition Journal
Reviewer, Neuropsychologia Journal
Reviewer, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Reviewer, Journal of Vision
Reviewer, NSF Grant Review
Reviewer, Virtual Reality

Professional Experience
MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
Human Factors Scientist, 2010 to Present
Conducts human factors analyses to assess the performance and behavior of drivers, pedestrians, and occupational workers.  Investigates how people interact with various consumer and industrial products and their warning labels and safety information.  Prepares written reports and provides expert testimony.

Exponent, Inc.
Human Factors Scientist, 2008 to 2010
Responsible for evaluating human visibility and memory to assess performance of drivers, pedestrians, and occupational workers.

University of California, Santa Barbara
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Psychology, 2005 to 2008
Researched eye movements and visual attention in tasks such as searching for stimuli on a computer monitor, viewing natural images, and walking in the real world. Compared human performance to computer models.

University of Rochester, New York
Graduate Student, Department of Brain & Cognitive Science, 1999 to 2005
Analyzed coordination of attention, memory, and eye and hand movements during tasks performed in virtual reality. Recorded single-cell neural activity in monkeys during visual memory task.

Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz
Research Associate, Gene Recombinant Department, 1998 to 1999
Created plasmids for immunology research.

University of California, Santa Cruz
Research Assistant, Visual psychophysics laboratory of Gene Switkes, 1998 to 1999
Collected data for experiments on luminance and visual contrast discrimination.

Publications
Peer-Reviewed Articles

Khan F, Krauss D, Alper S, Droll J, Arndt S, Lakhiani S, Cades D (2013). Do people heed warnings at gas stations? Proceedings of the 2nd Annual World Conference of the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering. Las Vegas, NV, USA November 5-7.

Ising KW, Droll JA, Kroeker SG, D’Addario PM, Goulet JF (2012). Driver-related delay in emergency braking response to a laterally-incurring hazard. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting.

Droll JA, Kubose T, Huang S, Aharoni DT, Young D (2009). An analysis of low-speed pedestrian crashes involving electric-powered and combustion-powered vehicles.  Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 53rd Annual Meeting Proceedings 53(27), pp. 2029-2033.

Droll JA, Eckstein MP (2009). Gaze control and memory for objects while walking in a real world environment. Visual Cognition 17(6): pp. 1159-1184.

Eckstein MP, Peterson M, Pham B, Droll JA (2009). Statistical decision theory to relate neurons to behavior in the study of covert visual attention.  Vision Research 49(10): pp. 1097-1128.

Droll JA, Abbey CK, Eckstein MP (2009). Learning cue validity through performance feedback. Journal of Vision 9(2): 18, pp. 1-22.

Droll JA, Hayhoe MM (2007). Trade-offs between gaze and working memory use. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 33(6): pp. 1352-1365.

Droll JA, Gigone K, Hayhoe MM (2007). Learning where to direct gaze during change detection.  Journal of Vision 7(14): 6, pp. 1-12.

Droll JA, Hayhoe MM, Triesch J, Sullivan BT (2005). Task demands control acquisition and storage of visual information. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 31(6): pp. 1416-1438.

Bisley JW, Zaksas D, Droll J, Pasternak T (2003). Activity of MT neurons during a memory for motion task. Journal of Neurophysiology 90: pp. 2752-2757.

Book Chapters
Droll JA, Hayhoe MM (2008).  Seeing what we can do:  Insights into vision and action through observations of natural behavior. In: Handbook of Embodied Cognition, Garzon P, Gomila T (Eds), pp. 189-206. San Diego: Reed Elsevier.

Hayhoe MM, Droll JA, Mennie N (2007).  Learning where to look. In: Eye movement research:  Insights into mind and brain, Van Gompel R, Fischer M, Murray W, Hill R (Eds), pp.641-660. San Diego: Reed Elsevier.

Other Publications
Kahn F, Krauss D, Alper S, Droll J, Arndt S, Lakhiani S, Cades D. Do people heed warnings at gas stations? Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, May 2012.

Droll JA (2011). Think fast! The velocity of visual attention in vehicle accidents. American Association for Justice. Motor Vehicle Section Vol 18, No. 1.

Abstracts/Poster Presentations
Droll J, Eckstein M (2008). Expected object position of two hundred fifty observers predicts first fixations of seventy seven separate observers during search. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Naples, FL, May 9-14, 2008.

Droll JA, Pham BT, Abbey CK, Eckstein MP (2007). Gaze control and perceptual decisions are modulated by learned expected reward. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 11-16, 2007.

Droll JA, Eckstein MP (2007). Understanding visual change perception in unconstrained environments using eye tracking. IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Colloquium.

Droll JA, Pham BT, Abbey CK, Eckstein MP (2006). Implicit, but not explicit, measures of learning cue validity during visual search require task feedback. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 14-18, 2006.

Droll JA, Pham BT, Abbey CK, Eckstein MP (2006). Learning predictive cues to optimize visual search. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 5-10, 2006.

Gigone KM, Droll JA, Hayhoe MM (2006). Gaze patterns in search reflect learnt environmental probabilities and rewards. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 5-10, 2006.

Chajka K, Hayhoe MM, Sullivan BT, Pelz J, Mennie N, Droll JA (2006). Predictive eye movements in squash.  Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 5-10, 2006.

Robinson AE, Triesch J, Hayhoe MM, Droll JA, Sullivan BT (2006). Change blindness during multiple interactions with a single object. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 5-10, 2006.

Droll J, Gigone K, Hayhoe M (2005). Influencing gaze allocation through Bayesian integration of environmental probabilities. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 12-16, 2005.

Droll JA, Hayhoe MM (2005). Knowing when to remember and when to forget: Expected task relevance controls working memory use. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 6-11, 2005.

Droll JA, Hayhoe MM, Sullivan BT (2004). Task demands control acquisition and maintenance of visual information.  Object Perception, Attention & Memory 12th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 18, 2004.

Droll JA, Hayhoe MM, Sullivan BT (2004). Gaze and hand movements indicate acquisition of new object features.  Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 23-27, 2004.

Droll J, Hayhoe M, Triesch J, Sullivan B (2004). Working memory for object features is influenced by scene context. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, April 30 – May 5, 2004.

Droll J, Hayhoe M, Triesch J, Sullivan B (2003). Attention is not enough: Task micro-structure determines visual information acquisition. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 4-9, 2003.

Droll J, Hayhoe M, Triesch J, Sullivan B (2003). Influence of task demands on object representations. European Conference on Visual Perception, Paris, France, September 1-5, 2003.

Droll J, Hayhoe M, Triesch J, Sullivan B (2003). Task relevance of object features modulates the content of visual memory. Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 9-14, 2003.

Droll JA, Zaksas D, Bisley JW, Pasternak T (2001). MT neurons respond to remote visual motion stimuli used in a working memory task. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 10-15, 2001.

Droll JA, Bisley JW, Pasternak T (2001). Activity in MT neurons during a memory for visual motion task.  European Conference on Visual Perception, Kusadasi, Turkey, August 26-30, 2001.

Droll JA, Bisley JW, Pasternak T (2001). The delay activity of some MT neurons may signal the remembered direction of motion.  Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 4-8, 2001.

Droll JA, Bisley JW, Pasternak T (2000). Delay activity in area MT neurons during a visual working memory task. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 4-9, 2000.

Droll JA, Bisley JW, Pasternak T (2000). Delay activity in area MT neurons during a visual working memory task (Abstract).  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science Supplemental 41: S721.

Lectures and Presentations
January 2014 – Engineering Evidence in Civil Litigation 2014, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC), Vancouver, BC.

May 2012 – What’s Next Student Workshop for PhD and Post-docs students, Vision Sciences Society. Novato, CA.

April 2008 - Inferring cognitive states through eye movements during natural behavior. NASA.

March 2008 - How task demands and scene structure guide eye movements, visual attention and working memory. California State University, Long Beach.

June 2006 - Learning scene statistics and reward structure during visual search. UC Santa Barbara, Department of Psychology, Cognition & Perception Seminar.

May 2005 - How task demands and prior knowledge control eye movements, visual attention, and use of working memory.        UCLA; UC Santa Barbara; California Institute of Technology; Johns Hopkins University.

November 2004 - Task demands control acquisition and maintenance of visual information. UC San Diego, Salk Institute; University of Rochester.

Training and Professional Development
October 26, 2015 – Human Operator Workload Measurement in Practice & Workload Modeling, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Los Angeles, CA.

October 2015 – Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 59th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.

October 27-31, 2014 - 58th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chicago, IL.

March 16-20, 2014 – Optics, Lighting, Visibility and Digital Photography for the Forensic Investigator, Laughlin, NV.

March 14-15, 2014 – Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators (SATAI) Spring Conference, Laughlin, NV.

January 30, 2014 – The Application and Analysis of Video in Collision Reconstruction with Case Studies, Santa Ana Police Department, Santa Ana, CA.

July 29-August 2, 2013 – Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction, IPTM, Irvine, CA.

October 22-26, 2012 – 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Boston, MA.

March 21-25, 2011 – Advanced Crash Reconstruction – Utilizing Human Factors Research, NUCPS, Evanston, IL.

September 2010 – 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, CA.

October 19-23, 2009 – 53rd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Antonio, TX
May 8-13, 2009 – 9th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Naples, FL

May 9-14, 2008 – 8th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Naples, FL

May 11-16, 2007 – 7th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL

October 14-18, 2006 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Atlanta, CA

May 5-10, 2006 – 6th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL

November 12-16, 2005 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

May 6-11, 2005 – 5th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL

November 18, 2004 – 12th Annual Meeting of Object Perception, Attention and Memory, Minneapolis, MN

October 23-27, 2004 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

April 30-May 5, 2004 – 4th Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL

February 12-13, 2004 – Lake Ontario Vision Establishment 33rd Annual Meeting, Niagara Falls, ON

November 4-9, 2003 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

September 1-5, 2003 – European Conference on Visual Perception, Paris, France

May 9-14, 2003 – 3rd Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL

November 10-15, 2001 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

August 26-30, 2001 – European Conference on Visual Perception, Kusadasi, Turkey

May 4-8, 2001 – 2nd Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL

November 4-9, 2000 – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

April 30 - May 5, 2000– Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Ft. Launderdale, FL

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Contact: jason.droll@meaforensic.com