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.

Norman Brown
Peter Dixon
Christina Gagne
Weimin Mou
Tom Spalding

Post-doctoral Fellows
Kaidi Lõo

Graduate Students
Eamin Heanoy
Xuehui (Kate) Lei
Juana Park
Yafei Qi
Tim Woerle
Arturo Perez


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 travelers in new environments.

Cognition 4Concepts & 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.