Patricia Bockelman (Morrow)

Modeling, Simulation, & Training Teaching Faculty/ InSciTe


Ph.D. Modeling & Simulation, University of Central Florida

M.S. Modeling & Simulation, University of Central Florida

Graduate Certificate Cognitive Sciences

B.S. Education, Ball State University

Phone: (407) 882-2115

Patricia Bockelman Morrow, Ph.D.  is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida. Through the Instructional Science Team (InSciTe), Patricia leads research examining intelligent behaviors and personal experience in virtual realms. This work reduces human error while improving decision making under high-risk conditions by leveraging multiple modalities of experience, including classical classroom designs and emerging virtual reality tools. Her research has included neuro-phenomenological examination of experience in virtual conditions, allowing deeper and more detailed analyses of complex embodied states. Her research suggests that difficult-to examine constructs require transdisciplinary lenses, such as those applied by collaborative teams with tools of psychology, neuroscience, education, ergonomics, and engineering. 

Dr. Bockelman is also teaching faculty in the graduate program in the Modeling Simulation and Training School at UCF. She believes that staying connected to her role as teacher and mentor is imperative for keeping a vibrant and up-to-date connection to changes in the fields of cognition, intelligence, and interdisciplinary methods. She serves on the Curriculum Committee and advises graduate students, which are vital components of her overall research vision.


A Neurophenomenology of Awe and Wonder: Towards a Non-Reductionist Cognitive Science (New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science)

This book presents a study of the various feelings of awe and wonder experienced by astronauts during space flight. It summarizes the results of two experimental, interdisciplinary studies that employ methods from neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology and simulation technology, and it argues for a non-reductionist approach to cognitive science.

InSciTe collaborations support creative development

 InSciTe analysts support other research endeavors at UCF and IST. By interviewing subject matter experts, examining work artifacts, and conducting task analyses, we are better able to understand and articulate the cognitive and behavioral needs of end users. These analyses then help create iterative loops with other research teams to create innovative approaches for technical design, instruction, and interventions. These partnerships have led to games for healthcare interventions, immersive test beds for conducting first responder research, and supporting blended learning/training systems in the energy industry. Visit E2i Creative Studio for examples of some of these collaborations.

Augmented Immersive Team Trainer

Our team participated in an interdisciplinary effort sponsored by the Office of Naval Research to support the development of an augmented reality training tool. The Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) overlays virtual images, such as indirect fire effects, aircraft, vehicles, and simulated people, onto a real world/real time view.