Dr. Gooch and his team have proposed and evaluated a methodologies and scaffolding for second language learning in massive multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG). MMORPGs serve as the catalyst for fostering students language proficiency as students interact in a foreign language while playing the game.
Professor Goochs research combines computer graphics techniques for creating artistic imagery with the evaluation methods of perceptual psychology to optimize visual communication using images, animations, and interactive applications. The above Image is an example of an automatically generated cartoon.
Dr. Gooch introduced Semanticons, such as this one, to enhance the representation of files in a GUI by automatically generating icons that better reveal the meanings of a desktop files contents. Psycho-physical studies comparing Semanticons and standard desktop icons in visual search and memory tasks show Semanticons yield significant improvements in human performance.