The A&A team consist of a unique combination of professional astronomy communicators, astrophysicists, and aesthetics experts from the discipline of psychology. We conduct both online studies, exhibit studies, and in-person focus groups. The research questions are designed to test such issues as:
Jay Bookbinder, Ph.D
Jeffrey Smith, Ph.D
Lisa Smith, Ph.D.
Randall Smith, Ph.D
The 2010 study was funded by the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Studies Program (2009). The 2008 A&A study was developed with funding from the Hinode X-ray Telescope, performed under NASA contract NNM07AB07C, and the Education and Outreach group for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, operated by SAO under NASA Contract NAS8-03060. Special thanks to Jerry Bonnell and Robert J. Nemiroff, the authors of the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day web site.