Poulson, Barton
Associate Professor of Psychology
Science Building 063
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Data, Technology, and Art

I am a social psychologist by training and I have taught the research core (statistics, research methods, and experimental psychology) at UVU since 2002. I also have a background in design and a long-standing interest in the arts. With my students I have conducted research projects in dance, architecture, landscape architecture, photography, and poetry.

In 2011-2012 I completed a sabbatical at the University of Utah, where I was enrolled in the Arts Technology Certificate Program as a way of developing new methods of data visualization and new connections between the arts and data science. I have collaborated on several creative projects in dance, where I have contributed video and motion capture, as well as interactive projections of spatial data derived from the dances. Along with Nichole Ortega of the UVU Department of Dance and Jacque Bell of the University of Utah Department of Theatre, I developed a project called Dance Loops, which received funding from a UVU Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship. This two-year long project makes it possible for dancers to create live video loops and thereby partner with themselves in dance. See uvu.edu/danceloops and Dance && Code for more information on this project.

I also worked with Jacque Bell to create a dance and technology piece called "Hello World" for Repertory Dance Theatre. This was part of their fall 2012 performance Embark, which was performed at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City on 04-06 October 2012.

I also have methodological interests in online data, data mining, quasi-experimental methods, and data visualization. As part of this, I have posted over 250 video tutorials on statistics and other topics on YouTube; you can see them here. I have also created several online courses for the online training site lynda.com. These have provided comprehensive introductions to statistical analysis with SPSS and R, as well as data visualization using the free programming environment Processing. You can see previews of those courses here.

Prior to my work in the arts and data science, I spent many years studying the psychological aspects of conflict and dispute resolution, particularly mediation and restorative justice.

I have two blogs that reflect my interests:

  • datalab.cc dispenses advice on data analysis, data visualization, and research methodology.
  • ArtByBart.org is a chronicle of my sabbatical and of my work in creative coding.

Courses I Am Teaching Spring 2014

  • Statistics (one hybrid section and one online section)
  • UV Data Lab (a special topics course)
  • Other Courses I Have Taught

    • Generative Art with Processing
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Research Methods
    • Experimental Psychology
    • Tests and Measurements
    • Cognition
    • Social Psychology
    • Personality
    • Lifespan Development
    • Gender
    • Human Sexuality
    • Evolutionary Psychology
    • Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts
    • SPSS
    • Data Visualization


    • PhD, Social-Personality Psychology, 1999, City University of New York
    • MPhil, Social-Personality Psychology, 1998, City University of New York
    • MA, Psychology, 1996, Hunter College
    • BS, Psychology, 1991, Brigham Young University

    Creative Work

    • Dance Loops [in preparation]. Dir. Barton Poulson. Chor. Nichole Ortega and Jacque Lynn Bell. In preparation for June 2013. Performance, video installation.
    • Danco kaj la universala okulo: Danco 2 - Preter ordo. Barton Poulson. Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT. 18-25 October, 2012. Digital print.
    • Hello World. Dir. Barton Poulson. Chor. Jacque Lynn Bell. Perf. Repertory Dance Theatre. Embark, Repertory Dance Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Performed 04-06 October 2012. Performance, video installation.
    • Dots and lines and dance and all of us. Dir. Barton Poulson. dig+it+art, the Arts Technology Interdisciplinary Capstone Project Show, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 19 February 2012. Video installation, computer program.
    • Pillows. Chor. Jacque Lynn Bell. Dir. Barton Poulson. Charette, Repertory Dance Theatre. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, UT, 11 February 2012. Performance, video installation.


    • Banchero-Kelleher, A., Ortega, N., & Poulson, B. (2010). Dancing to democracy: An empirical evaluation of Helen Tamiris’ Dance for Walt Whitman as a motivator of civic and political involvement. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 4, 315-325.
    • Ortega, N., & Poulson, B. (2008). Dance made me a genius! Reflections on participation in high school dance. Journal of the Utah Academy of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, 85, 49-61.
    • Poulson, B. (2008). Recreating relationships: The interpersonal implications of restorative justice for juvenile offenders and their victims. Journal of Law and Family Studies, 10, 161-171.
    • Luna, E., & Poulson, B. (2006). Restorative justice in Federal sentencing: An unexpected benefit of Booker? McGeorge Law Review, 37, 787-818.
    • Poulson, B. (2005). Interpersonal conflict and relational models theory: A structural approach to injustice. Representative Research in Social Psychology, 28, 8-21.
    • Poulson, B. (2003). A third voice: A review of empirical research on the psychological outcomes of restorative justice. Utah Law Review, 2003, 167-203.
    • Poulson, B., & Elton, K. (2002). Participants’ attitudes in the Utah juvenile victim-offender mediation program. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 53, 37-45.