The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Clemson will host a seminar on topics related to older adult and new technologies.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Clemson will host a seminar on topics related to older adult and new technologies.
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Clemson will host a seminar on “iPhones, and Robots, and Trust: Oh My!” — featuring research presentations by Clemson graduate students who are exploring how aging affects older adults’ ability to use new technologies.

The seminar will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the OLLI at Clemson’s Charles K. Cheezem Education Center, 100 Thomas Green Boulevard in Clemson. The seminar is part of OLLI’s Free Friday Programs and is open to the public.

The students are from the Department of Psychology’s Cognition, Aging and Technology Lab, which studies how human capabilities and limitations affects one’s ability to interact with technologies. Among the speakers and topics to be discussed:

  • Natalie Baldwin will present “Trust in Automation is Like an Eraser,” focusing on why some technologies are easy to use while others are not. Baldwin’s research interests include figuring out ways to make technology easier to use for younger and older adults.
  • Daniel Quinn will speak about “Feeling Information: Communicating with Today’s Technology.” Quinn’s presentation focuses on his research interests, which involves understanding the working relationship between humans and machines.
  • Jessica Branyon’s presentation, entitled “Trust Me, I’m a Robot,” will discuss the factors that influence the trust we have in robots and their performance levels. Branyon’s research focuses on cognitive aging and social cognition in technology.
  • Will Leidheiser will present “The Role of Working Memory in Technology Usage.” He will be speaking about how the presentation and design of technology can affect how we use technology. His research interests involve the design of technologies that are easy to use by all age groups.

Part of Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department, OLLI at Clemson University is a 1,000-member continuing education program that offers lectures, courses, excursions and social events to adults age 50 and older, as well as access to Clemson events and resources. OLLI at Clemson is part of a network of OLLI organizations across the nation that is associated with a major college and supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve quality of life through higher education and the arts. Member fees, tuition and other raised revenue also provide support for Clemson’s OLLI organization.