Dr. Nathan Tenhundfeld

Department Chair of Psychology, Psychology ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Psychology


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 206E
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Tenhundfeld grew up in Virginia and attended UVA for his bachelors in Psychology. After working for a year at Spring Hill College in Mobile AL, he moved to Fort Collins, CO to get his PhD at Colorado State University. In his free time he loves doing Brazilian jiu jitsu, working in his woodshop, and being outdoors with his two dogs.

Curriculum Vitae



  • Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University
  • M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia

Honors & Awards

  • Raja Parasuraman Award for Scientific Impact (Neuroergonomics Society)


  • Advanced Teaming, Technology, Automation, and Cognition (ATTAC) Lab
  • Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES)

Recent Publications

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L., Barr, H.M., O’Hear, E.H., & Weger, K., (in press). Is My Siri the Same as Your Siri? An Exploration of Users’ Mental Model of Virtual Personal Assistants, Implications for Trust. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L., Smitherman, H.M., O’Hear, E., Atchley, A., & Cotter, J.E. (2021). Effects of Human-Likeness on Robot Use in High-Risk Environments. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L., de Visser, E.J., Ries, A.J., Finomore, V.S., & Tossell, C.C. (2020). Trust and distrust of automated parking in a Tesla Model X. Human Factors, 62(2), 194 – 210.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L.,​ Demir, M., & de Visser, E.J., (2020). ​An Argument for Trust Assessment in Human-Machine Interaction: Overview and Call for Integration. Manuscript submitted.

  • de Visser, E.J., ​Tenhundfeld, N.L.,​ Donadio, B.T., Ries, A.J., Kim, B., Phillips, E.,Tossell, C.C. (2020). ​Paving the Way Towards Autonomous Parking Valets: On the Costs and Benefits of Trusting Automated Parking Assist Systems.​ Manuscript submitted.

  • Witt, J.K., Parnes, J.E., & ​Tenhundfeld, N.L., ​(2020). Wielding a gun increases judgments of others as holding guns: a randomized controlled trial. ​Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications​, ​5​(1)​,​ 1 – 17.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L. ​& Witt, J.K. (2020). Human and Machine: Evaluating whether action automation influences visual perception. ​Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics​, ​82(6), ​3234-3249.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L., ​de Visser, E.J., Ries, A.J., Finomore, V.S., & Tossell, C.C. (2020).Trust and distrust of automated parking in a Tesla Model X. ​Human Factors, 62​(2),​​194 – 210.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L.,​ Parnes, J., Conner, B.T., & Witt, J.K. (2020). Development of apsychometrically valid gun attitude scale. ​Current Psychology, 39​(1), 279 - 286.

  • Tenhundfeld, N.L., ​de Visser, E.J., Haring, K.S., Ries, A.J., Finomore, V.S., & Tossell, C.C. (2019). Calibrating trust in automation through familiarity with the autoparking feature of a Tesla Model X. ​Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 13(4), ​279 – 294.