Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Mary Hegarty’s research is on spatial thinking in complex activities such as comprehension, reasoning, and problem solving. In research on mechanical reasoning and interpretation of graphics, she uses eye-fixation data to trace the processes involved in understanding visual-spatial displays (diagrams, graphs and maps), and making inferences from these displays. A unique characteristic of her research is that she studies spatial thinking from the perspective of individual differences as well as employing more commonly used experimental methods.

Project Scientists

- Cognition of manual action in learning

- Human-computer interactions

- Individual differences in spatial cognition

- Multimedia design

- Integration of print and digital resources

Graduate Students

- Digital spatial interactions and individual abilities

- Interaction between design and ability

- Support of spatial thinking through technology



- Large scale spatial cognition

- Human navigation and acute stress

- Individual differences in spatial cognition

- Issues in the cognition of uncertainty

-Perspective taking in virtual environments

-Individual differences in spatial abilities

-Large-scale spatial abilities

-Spatial Cognition as it relates to mindsets. 

-Navigation Strategies

-Map comprehension

Lab Manager