Jonathan Dobres, Ph.D.

is a research scientist, data analyst, and expert on human perception based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He also writes. He also designed this website.

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Research

My research combines my interests in psychology and design, and includes a variety of human factors issues, data visualization, and graphic design.

I’m applying my background in vision science to empirical investigations of typeface legibility, trying to figure out what makes one typeface easier to read than another, as well as how we can measure something like “legibility” quickly and effectively.

At the same time, I am also studying how voice interfaces impact drivers in the vehicle, and how these new types of technologies influence behavior, cognitive distraction, and physiological arousal.