Science & Fiction: Better Together

SCIENCE: Dr. Jason M. Harley is a tenure-track assistant professor of educational technology and psychology at the University of Alberta and Director of the Computer-Human Interaction: Technology, Education, and Affect (CHI-TEA) Laboratory (2016-present). He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at McGill University in the summer of 2014 and held concurrent postdoctoral fellow positions in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Montréal and in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill from 2014-2015. Dr. Harley has been awarded doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He is a member of the Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) Society and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Harley serves on the editorial board of the journal, Educational Technology Research and Development, as well as on program committees for the following conferences: Intelligent User Interfaces, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, and Artificial Intelligence in Education

Dr. Harley’s primary area of research is the application of psychology to educational and technological contexts. His research has examined cognitive and emotional processes in mobiles apps, intelligent tutoring systems, games, and computerized testing. Emotion regulation, human-computer interaction, physiological measures of emotion, empathy, media literacy, LGBTQ+ issues in education, and academic-industry R&D collaborations figure prominently into Dr. Harley’s research interests. Dr. Harley is the Director of the Computer-Human Interaction: Technology, Education, and Affect (CHI-TEA) Laboratory. His research and teaching have led to appearances on Global News, CTV News, Radio-Canada: Le Téléjournal, CBC Radio, and the Edmonton Journal, amongst other media outlets.


FICTION: Jason is a life-long enthusiast of speculative fiction. Translation: when he is not in his office, lab, or a lecture hall he can probably be found reading or writing science fiction, paranormal horror, or fantasy. Nothing makes him happier than when his research and fiction writing cross over. Whether helping him exploit the underpinnings of fear from his interdisciplinary research on emotion or re-imagining innovative ways of extending current human-computer interactions, science can be a wonderful muse. Check out his fiction publications; many feature LGBTQ+ characters because it's engaging and uplifting to see oneself represented in fiction.