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Aiping Xiong

Aiping Xiong
  • Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

E373 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-2370
  • Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, 2017

  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 2014


Aiping Xiong is an assistant professor of College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Penn State University, University Park, PA. She received B.E. degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China, M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University. Before becoming a professor, she worked as a human machine interaction engineer at Ford Motor Company. 

Research Interests:

Aiping's research spans human perception and action, action selection, decision making, human factors, training, and human aspects of cyber security. Now her research focuses on investigating and understanding human decision-making and action selection within various cyber security and privacy contexts, including phishing, password generation, app selection, and autonomous driving.

Aiping will be recruiting a Ph.D. student for the upcoming academic year. Prospective students who are interested in research on human decision making, action selection, human factors, and cyber security and privacy are encouraged to contact her. She is also actively looking to recruit Master students and undergraduate students to work on research projects about fake news. 


Research Keywords:

  • Human Factors
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Human Perception and Action
  • Decision Making

Selected Recent Publications

Xiong, A., Proctor, R. W., Yang, W., & Li, N. (in press). Effects of embedding anti-phishing training within cybersecurity warnings. Human Factors.

Xiong, A. & Proctor, R. W. (in press). The role of task space in action control: Evidence from research on instructions. In K. D. Federmeier (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 69). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

​Xiong, A. & Proctor, R. W. (2018). Information Processing: The language and analytical tools for cognitive psychology in the information age. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, Article 1270.

Zhong, Q., Xiong, A., Vu, K.-P.L., & Proctor, R. W. (2018). Vertically arrayed stimuli and responses: transfer of incompatible spatial mapping to Simon task occurs regardless of response-device orientation. Experimental Brain Research, 236, 175-185.

Chong, I., Xiong, A., & Proctor, R.W. (2018). Human factors in privacy and security of the Internet of Things. Ergonomics in Design

Proctor, R. W., & Xiong, A. (2018). Experience, skill acquisition, and deliberate practice. In D.Z. Hambrick, G. Campitelli, B.N. Macnamara (Eds.), The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill (pp. 435-443)New York: Routledge.

​Xiong, A., Proctor, R. W., Yang, W., & Li, N. (2017). Is domain highlighting actually helpful in identifying phishing webpages? Human Factors, 59, 640-660. 

Yang, W., Xiong, A., Chen, J., Proctor, R. W., & Li, N. (2017). Contribution of training in improving security warning compliance: Evidence from a field phishing experiment. In Proceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security (pp. 52-61). New York: ACM. 

Xiong, A.& Proctor, R. W. (2016). Decreasing auditory Simon effects across reaction time distributions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42, 23-38.

Yang, W., Li, N., Chowdhury, O., Xiong, A., & Proctor, R. W. (2016). An empirical study of mnemonic sentence-based password generation strategies. In Proceedings 23rd ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (pp. 1216-1229). New York: ACM. ​

Proctor, R. W., & Xiong, A. (2015). Polarity correspondence as a general compatibility principle.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 446-451. 

Xiong, A., & Proctor, R. W. (2015). Referential coding of steering-wheel button presses in a simulated driving cockpit. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 21, 418-428.