Brian Eiler, PhD
Blg 60 Rm #327
B.A. University of Cincinnati (2012)
Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Psychology
M.A. University of Cincinnati (2015)
Ph.D. University of Cincinnati (2017)
Post-Doctoral Fellow Northern Arizona University (2017-2019)
I am an experimental social psychologist who synthesizes interdisciplinary perspectives (i.e., social/ecological/perceptual psychology & complex dynamical systems/statistical physics) to explore psychological phenomena. To do this, I employ novel methodologies (motion tracking, biological measurement, agent-based modeling, social network analysis) and nonlinear mathematical techniques (fractal analysis, signal detection, coordination dynamics, differential equation modeling) to identify underlying principles that guide social behavior. Generally, I am interested in how macroscopic social and historical processes constrain local interactions amongst individuals and groups, and how microscopic processes aggregate. This is motivated by the observation that social systems often exhibit similar dynamics to complex biological and physical systems more generally. My interdisciplinary approach employs behavioral and biological measurements of constructs, and produces robust models that enable prediction and/or innovative intervention. Most notably, this approach is applied in the service of social justice.
Generally, the approach that guides my work is interaction-dominant dynamical systems. My research interests span four topical areas: the role of human movement in interpersonal interaction and social perception, the causes and consequences of underrepresentation in STEM, police-community interaction, and the degree to which interaction-dominant dynamical systems theory can provide complementary insight on collaborative projects. In each of these areas, my goal is to produce rigorous basic science findings and models that inform applied intervention strategies, which can then be implemented efficiently and with minimal cost to address important societal issues.
Peer reviewed publications
Eiler, B.A., Bologna, D., Jacquez, F., & Vaughn, L. (2017). A social network approach to understanding community partnerships in a non-traditional destination for Latinos. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(2), 178-192. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21841
Richardson, M.J., Harrison, S.J., Kallen, R.W., Walton, A., Eiler, B.A., & Schmidt, R.C. (2015). Self-organized complementary joint-action: Dynamics of an interpersonal collision-avoidance task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41(3), 665-679. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000041
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., Harrison, S.J., & Richardson, M.J. (2013). Origins of order in joint activity and social behavior. Ecological Psychology, 25(3), 316-326. doi: 10.1080/10407413.2013.810107.
Eiler, B.A. & Douglas, H. (in press). Dynamic systems approach to personality. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, Springer.
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., & Richardson, M.J. (in press). Attractors. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, Springer.
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., & Richardson, M.J. (in press). Constraint. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, Springer.
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W. & Richardson, M.J. (2017). Interaction dominant dynamics, timescale enslavement and the emergence of social behavior. In R. Vallacher, A. Nowak, & S. Read (Eds.), Frontiers in Social Psychology: Computational Models in Social Psychology.
Published conference papers
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., Harrison, S.J., Saltzman, E., Schmidt, R.C., & Richardson, M.J. (2015). Behavioral dynamics of a collision avoidance task: How asymmetry stabilizes performance. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 632-637.
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., & Richardson, M.J. (2015). Making moves: How sex and race are detected from biological motion. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 638-643.
Under revision & review
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., Silva, P., & Richardson, M.J. The behavioral dynamics of shooter bias in virtual reality: The role of race, armed status, and distance on threat perception and shooting dynamics.
Ariyabuddhiphongs, K., Eiler, B.A., Coey, C.A., Kallen, R.W., Harrison, S.J., Schmidt, R.C., Saltzman, E., & Richardson, M.J. Generalizing the dynamics of a multiagent rhythmic collision avoidance task: Cross-task validation, parameterization, and extension.
Eiler, B.A. & Kallen, R.W. Person perception from biological motion: The kinematics of group membership.
Eiler, B.A., Richardson, M.J., Silva, P.L. & Kallen, R.W. The mutual dependence of coordination and social connection: Implications for the study of behavioral similarity, mimicry and interpersonal interaction.
Eiler, B.A. (March, 2016). A small push to change the world. TEDx: UCincinnati. https://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/A-Small-Push-to-Change-the-Worl
Richardson, M.J., Kallen, R.W., & Eiler, B.A. (January, 2016). Embedded multi-agent dynamics: An analysis and modeling tutorial. Invited presentation at the 5th Annual Preconference: Dynamical Systems and Computational Modeling at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, California, USA
Eiler, B.A., Kallen, R.W., & Richardson, M.J. (February, 2015). Emergent social cognition and interact-ability: A social affordance perspective. Invited presentation at the 4th Annual Preconference: Dynamical Systems and Computational Modeling at the 16th Annual Meeting of The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, California, USA.