thinkspatial_logoOn Tuesday, February 14, 2017 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

“Navigation: Spatial Knowledge, Individual Differences, and Neuroscience”

Liz Chrastil

GIScience Center, Department of Geography

Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) | (View Flyer)

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Navigation is a central part of daily life. For some, getting around is easy, while others struggle, and certain clinical populations display wandering behaviors and extensive disorientation.  Working at the interface between immersive virtual reality and neuroimaging techniques, Chrastil’s research demonstrates how these complementary approaches can inform questions about how we acquire and use spatial knowledge. She will discuss some of her recent work as well as upcoming experiments that center on: (1) how we learn new environments, (2) the type of spatial information we learn from environments, and (3) how individuals differ in spatial abilities. The behavioral and neuroimaging studies presented in this talk inform new frameworks for understanding spatial knowledge, which could lead to novel approaches to answering major questions in navigation.
Elizabeth Chrastil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at UCSB and is a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Dynamical Neuroscience Program. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) and History. She later received an M.S. in Biology from Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 2012 and completed a postdoc in Psychology at Boston University. She joined UCSB in the fall of 2016.

The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts.

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ThinkSpatial: Liz Chrastil