Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
Margaret R. Tarampi received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Utah. At the Center for Spatial Studies, she is a post-doctoral researcher. Previously, she was a SAGE Junior Research Fellow in the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, UCSB. Her research investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie space perception and spatial cognition in select populations including individuals with visual impairments and spatial experts such as dancers and architects. Her other research interests include spatial thinking, perception and action, perspective taking, and kinesthetic imagery. Tarampi’s interdisciplinary background includes a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests in the effect of architecture on human experience took her to the American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. and then to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA. She also is an accomplished visual artist whose work explores the assumptions and manipulations of the human perceptual system.