Research Focus

  • Spatial Cognition & Navigation - is about understanding how people process information in order to navigate their surroundings. Researchers in this area focus on recognition of objects and scenes, navigation, geographical reasoning, and the development of way finding skills.
  • Memory & Language - seeks to understand how people remember life events and places. Language, as used in literary discourse and colloquially, is examined in relation to memory and learning.
  • Spatial Decision-Support Systems - this area of applied cognition develops tools and systems which will aid in search and rescue operations and assist travellers in new environments.
  • Concepts & Categorization - concepts embody much of what we know about the world and allow us to understand and respond to situations and objects. Research on concepts and categorization examines how concepts are learned, represented, and used.

Associated Psychology Research Labs


Norman Brown
Peter Dixon
Christina Gagne
Dana Hayward
Weimin Mou
Tom Spalding
Chris Westbury

Graduate Students

Chen, Yue
Ekinci, Emine Öyku
Heanoy, Eamin Kershaw, Christine
Perez, Arturo
Qi, Yafei
Woerle, Tim