The mission of the Simulation and Integrated Media for Instruction Assessment and Neurocognition (SIMIAN) lab is to investigate and understand all aspects of human learning across the lifespan. These research collaborations draw together a staff of professors while supporting graduate and undergraduate researchers across the Washington State University campuses.
SIMIAN is a sister lab to the Neurocognition Science Laboratory on the WSU Pullman campus and the current areas of active research include:
- STEM Education
- Student Learning
- Autism, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer’s
- Development of Smart Classroom Environments
- Creation of assessment tools that support socio-emotional development, content learning, and cognitive development of students.
The SIMIAN lab is a campus-wide laboratory platform that generates interdisciplinary research and collaborations both within, and external to WSU Tri-Cities and the College of Education. The SIMIAN lab provides a means to develop collaborative proposals for national external funding awards.
The laboratory also allows the campus to become more competitive for external grants within several funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). At its core, the laboratory provides a unique means to address critical research questions and drives educational research across the nation.