Lab Staff

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.

Megan Lawrence, PhD (2011-present)

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 engages in the studies of perception, cognition, and decision making with a mix of behavioral and neurological methodologies. She uses functional magnetic resonance 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

Robert Pickett (2009-present)

Robert is a research assistant in the Spatial and Map Cognition Research Lab at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelors of science degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Oregon in 2011.