Lab Alumni

Who We Are

The Spatial and Map Cognition Research Lab.

What We Do

We study map use, navigation, and spatial thinking primarily. We use multiple measurement tools, including traditional laboratory and in-field behavioral methods as well as fMRI and eye-tracking. 

Where We Do It

SMCRL is a part of the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon - Eugene.

Jacob Blair (2006-2007)

master's, geography

A native of Portland, Oregon, Jacob first came to the University of Oregon in 1999. He has earned a bachelor of arts (2001 linguistics), a bachelor of science (2005 geography), as well as a master's degree (2007 geography); all from the University of Oregon. Jacob also worked in the UO InfoGraphics Lab 2004-2007.

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Mary Crooks (2006-2007)

master's student, geography

Marry Received her master's degree in Geography from the University of Oregon in 2007.

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Nick Martinelli (2006-2008)

master's, geography

Nick received a BS in Political Science in 1999, a BS in Geography in 2006, and a master's degree in Geography in 2008, all from the University of Oregon. Nick also worked in the InfoGraphics lab at the University.

Nick’s research interests include cartography and mapping topics such as map data interactivity, map design, interactive mapping and cognitive map distortion. His current research in the SMCRL lab investigates the time frame of mental map distortion. The experiments will examine the presence of temporal and spatial patterns within the cognitive mapping process.

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Matthew Millett (2008-2010)

master's, geography

Matt received his master’s degree in 2010 from the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree in geography (with minors in GIS/cartography and French) from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Matt’s research interests include animated and dynamic cartography, wayfinding and route memory, and many elements of human geography including political geography, urban geography and the geography of Canada. He also studies flag design and flag symbology.

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Megan Lawrence, PhD (2006-2011)

PhD, geography

Megan earned her PhD in 2011 from the geography department at the University of Oregon. Her dissertation is entitled, "Neurological and Behavioral Studies in Tactile Map Use and Training by Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired." She received her maters degree form the University of Oregon Department of Geography in 2005, completing a thesis entitled, "The Neural Basis of Map Comprehension and Spatial Abilities," She earned a BA from California State University, Chico in 2002 geography department.

Megan's primary research interests are focused on human spatial behavior. To understand human behavior she engage in the studies of perception, cognition, and decision making with a mix of behavioral and neurological methodologies. She uses functional magnetic resonances imaging (fMRI) to investigate how neurological brain activity is related human spatial thinking and other forms of behavioral testing. Her doctorial research focused on blind and visually impaired tactile map use, spatial abilities, spatial strategies, and the effects of training.

Curriculum Vitae

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