May 24, 2018

Alexander Boone's research entitled "Sex differences in navigation and strategy" published in Memory and Cognition this year has gained national attention, with references on Good Morning America and on popular news sites. Though it is always exciting for science to gain this level of attention, there is concern that Alex's results are being misrepresented. Some sources have used catchy headlines such as "Men are better navigators" and seem to push a sensationalized "battle of the sexes" approach when discussing this research.

March 02, 2018

The Hegarty Lab studies a variety of topics related to spatial cognition, including the practical study of real-world and virtual reality navigation. The lab has recently developed a scale known as the Santa Barbara sense of direction scale (SBSOD) which quantifies an individual's affinity to direct themselves in navigational situation. The referenced article in the New York Magazine cites research and discussion of Mary Hegarty on individual navigation ability.

October 16, 2017

Chuanxiuyue (Carol) He graduated from Wuhan University, China, with a bachelor’s degree in Geographical Information Science. In China, she worked with Associate Professor Shuiliang Su in S-Lab, investigating environmental health and justice, especially the issues on walkability and spatial distribution of infrastructure. She was also engaged in the projects related to remote image interpretation and cartography. She worked as a research assistant in 2016 summer at Priti Shah’s Lab.

June 29, 2017

Recent work coming out of the Hegarty Spatial Thinking Lab has been recognized with the 2017 Raymond S. Nickerson Best Paper Award from Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 

The award winning article can be found here

Hegarty, M., Friedman, A., Boone, A. P., & Barrett, T. J. (2016). Where are you? The effect of uncertainty and its visual representation on location judgments in GPS-like displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22, 381-392. 

October 12, 2016

See the recent press coverage of lab research on perspective taking!

From left: Thomas Wolbers, Mary Hegarty, Margaret Tarampi, Heather Burte, Peri Gunalp, Alex  Boone.
August 25, 2016

Current  lab members (Mary Hegarty, Peri Gunalp, and Alex Boone) met up with former lab members (Thomas Wolbers, Margaret Tarampi ,and Heather Burte) at the Spatial Cognition conference in Philadelphia, PA in August 2016. Alex and Thomas presented talks while Alex, Peri, Margaret and Heather all presented posters.

May 03, 2016

Congratulations Tara Moossaian for receiving the Frances Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award.

Awarded for outstanding academic achievement to a College of Letters and Science honors student majoring in the sciences, in memory of Frances M. Colville, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1955-64), and Terry H. Dearborn, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1940-64).

October 03, 2015

Peri completed her undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz. Her current research is focused on perspective taking. 

July 29, 2015

Congratulations to Alex Boone, Margaret Tarampi, Nahal Heydari, Trevor Barrett, and Andrew Stull for their successful poster presentations at CogSci 2015!

June 10, 2015

Congratulations to Trevor Barrett and Alex Boone on completing their master's degrees in Spring 2015!

The title of Trevor's master's thesis is: The Effects of Interface Design and Spatial Ability on Virtual Molecule Manipulation Performance
Trevor also advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D degree this year.

The title of Alex's master's thesis is: Sex Differences in Mental Rotation tasks