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Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Florida State University

Walter R. Boot Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University and director of the University’s Attention and Training Lab. He received his Ph.D., from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Visual Cognition and Human Performance in 2007. Walter is one of five principal investigators of the multi-disciplinary Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE), a long-standing and award winning National Institute on Aging-funded center dedicated to ensuring that the benefits of technology can be realized by older adults. He is also Co-Director of the ENHANCE (Enhancing Neurocognitive Health, Abilities, Networks, & Community Engagement) Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, with a focus on how technology can support older adults living with cognitive impairment. His research interests include how humans perform and learn to master complex tasks (especially tasks with safety-critical consequences), how age influences perceptual and cognitive abilities vital to the performance of these tasks, and how technological interventions can improve the well-being and cognitive functioning of older adults. Walter is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Gerontological Society of America.


  • –present
    Professor, Florida State University
  • 2014–2019
    Associate professor, Florida State University
  • 2008–2014
    Assistant professor, Florida State University