Cooper is a native Oregonian and grew up exploring the forests, rivers, mountains, and beaches of our beautiful state. He had an early interest in science and technology, learning programming and electronics as a teenager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from the University of Oregon.
After graduating he took a position at the UO’s Institute of Neuroscience, where helped build and run Marjorie Woollacott’s Motor Control Lab using full-body 3D motion capture, force plates, 16 channel EMG, 256 channel EEG and other equipment primarily to help understand balance impairment in older adults children with cerebral palsy. He put his programming proficiency to use analyzing various forms of human data and collaborating on many studies.
Cooper has long had a deep interest in fractal geometry, both analysis of naturally occurring fractal phenomena and generation of aesthetic fractal images. He has been particularly inspired by fractal strange attractors and how these may be related to repetitive human motions such as running and walking. More recently he has collaborated to synthesize these diverse interests into Project Dasein where he has a patent pending for a wearable device that will give users feedback on their movement patterns and help to improve performance and reduce injury.
Cooper was Chief Science Officer at Tensegrity Physical Therapy for 7 years where he gained clinical experience before moving to Redmond to help establish Emergence Physical Therapy.
Roe, Ellis & Bies, Alexander & Montgomery, Rick & Watterson, William & Parris, Blake & Boydston, Cooper & Sereno, Margaret & Taylor, Richard. (2020). Fractal solar panels: Optimizing aesthetic and electrical performances. PLOS ONE. 15. e0229945. 10.1371/journal.pone.0229945.
Taylor, Richard & Martin, Theodore & Montgomery, Rick & Smith, Julian & Micolich, Adam & Boydston, C. & Scannell, B. & Fairbanks, M. & Spehar, Branka. (2017). Seeing shapes in seemingly random spatial patterns: Fractal analysis of Rorschach inkblots. PLOS ONE. 12. e0171289. 10.1371/journal.pone.0171289.
Bies, Alexander & Kikumoto, Atsushi & Boydston, Cooper & Greeenfield, Aaron & Chauvin, Kristen & Taylor, Richard & Sereno, Margaret. (2016). Percepts from noise patterns: The role of fractal dimension in object pareidolia. Journal of Vision. 16. 790. 10.1167/16.12.790.
Juliani, Arthur & Bies, Alexander & Boydston, Cooper & Taylor, Richard & Sereno, Margaret. (2016). Spatial localization accuracy varies with the fractal dimension of the environment. Journal of Vision. 16. 1370. 10.1167/16.12.1370.
Bies, Alexander & Boydston, Cooper & Taylor, Richard & Sereno, Margaret. (2016). Relationship between Fractal Dimension and Spectral Scaling Decay Rate in Computer-Generated Fractals. Symmetry. 8. 66. 10.3390/sym8070066.
Juliani, Arthur & Bies, Alexander & Boydston, Cooper & Taylor, Richard & Sereno, Margaret. (2016). Navigation performance in virtual environments varies with fractal dimension of landscape. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 47. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.05.011.
Bies, Alexander & Blanc-Goldhammer, Daryn & Boydston, Cooper & Taylor, Richard & Sereno, Margaret. (2016). Aesthetic Responses to Exact Fractals Driven by Physical Complexity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 10. 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00210.
Marlow, Colleen & Viskontas, Indre & Matlin, Alisa & Boydston, Cooper & Boxer, Adam & Taylor, Richard. (2015). Temporal Structure of Human Gaze Dynamics Is Invariant During Free Viewing. PLOS ONE. 10. e0139379. 10.1371/journal.pone.0139379.
Roach, Sean & San Juan, Jun & Suprak, Dave & Lyda, Marc & Bies, Alexander & Boydston, Cooper. (2015). Passive hip range of motion is reduced in active subjects with chronic low back pain compared to controls. International journal of sports physical therapy. 10. 13-20.
Hägerhäll, Caroline & Laike, Thorbjörn & Kuller, M & Marcheschi, Elizabeth & Boydston, C & Taylor, Richard. (2015). Human Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: EEG Responses to Exact and Statistical Fractal Patterns. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences. 19. 1-12.
Roach, Sean & San Juan, Jun & Suprak, Dave & Lyda, Marc & Boydston, Cooper. (2014). Patellofemoral pain subjects exhibit decreased passive hip range of motion compared to controls. International journal of sports physical therapy. 9. 468-75.
Moon, Paul & Muday, Jeffrey & Raynor, Sarah & Schirillo, J & Boydston, C & Fairbanks, M & Taylor, Richard. (2014). Fractal images induce fractal pupil dilations and constrictions. International journal of psychophysiology: official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 93. 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.06.013.
Hägerhäll, Caroline & Laike, Thorbjörn & Taylor, Richard & Küller, Marianne & Marcheschi, Elizabeth & Boydston, C. (2012). Human eeg responses to exact and statistical fractal patterns..
Saavedra S, Woollacott M, van Donkelaar P, (2007) Effects of Postural Support on Eye Hand Interactions across Development Exp Brain Res. 2007 July; 180(3): 557-567
Van Donkelaar P, Saavedra S, Woollacott M (2007) Multiple Saccades are more automatic than single saccades. J Neurophysiol. 97:3148-3151.
Reilly D, van Donkelaar P, Woollacott M (2008) Interaction Between the Development of Postural Control and the Executive Function of Attention J Mot Behav. 2008 March; 40(2): 90-102
Taylor R, Sprott J, (2008) Biophilic Fractals and the Visual Journey of Organic Screen-Savers
Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 12, No.1, pp. 117-129
Saavedra S, Woollacott M, van Donkelaar P. (2009) Eye-Hand Coordination in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Exp Brain Res. 192(2): 155-165, PMC2800126
Silsupadol P, Shumway-Cook A, Woollacott M, (2009) Effects of Single-Task Versus Dual-Task Training on Balance Performance in Older Adults: A Double-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 March; 90(3): 381-387
Silsupadol P, Lugade V, Woollacott M, (2009) Training-related changes in dual-task walking performance of elderly persons with balance impairment: A double-blind, randomized controlled trial Gait Posture. 2009 June; 29(4): 634-639
Saavedra S, Woollacott M, van Donkelaar P (2010) Head stability during quiet sitting in children with cerebral palsy: effect of vision and trunk support. Exp Brain Res 201(1): 13-23. PMC2821460
Fairbanks M, Taylor R, (2011) Measuring the scaling properties of temporal and spatial patterns: from the human eye to the foraging albatross Chapter to the book Non-linear Dynamical Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences Using Real Data CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group (Boca Raton) ISBN 978- 1-4398-1997-5
Boonyong S, Siu K, Woollacott M, (2012) Development of Postural Control during Gait in Typically Developing Children: The Effects of Dual-task Conditions Gait Posture. 2012 March; 35(3): 428-434
Belal Abboushi, Ihab Elzeyadi, Richard Taylor, Margaret Sereno,
Fractals in architecture: The visual interest, preference, and mood response to projected fractal light patterns in interior spaces, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 61, 2019, Pages 57-70, ISSN 0272-4944,
Taylor, R.P. The Potential of Biophilic Fractal Designs to Promote Health and Performance: A Review of Experiments and Applications. Sustainability 2021, 13, 823. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020823
Van Dusen B., Scannell B.C., Sereno M.E., Spehar B., Taylor R.P. (2019) The Sinai Light Show: Using Science to Tune Fractal Aesthetics. In: Wuppuluri S., Wu D. (eds) On Art and Science. The Frontiers Collection. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27577-8_20
Belal Abboushi, Ihab Elzeyadi, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Richard Taylor, Margaret Sereno & Grant Jacobsen (2021) Assessing the Visual Comfort, Visual Interest of Sunlight Patterns, and View Quality under Different Window Conditions in an Open-Plan Office, LEUKOS, 17:4, 321-337, DOI: 10.1080/15502724.2020.1785309
Finn, K.R., Crutchfield, J.P. & Bliss-Moreau, E. Macaques preferentially attend to visual patterns with higher fractal dimension contours. Sci Rep 9, 10592 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46799-0