P1030630Kinnari graduated from The George Washington University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While working in a brain and navigation lab with Dr. John Philbeck, she decided to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology.

Currently, as a graduate student in Temple University’s Brain and Cognitive Science (BCS) program and as a member of the the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, she is working with Dr. Thomas F. Shipley on a range of projects investigating expert/novice differences in how spatial information is conveyed using gesture in the geoscience domain. Furthermore, her research also investigates the use of gesture as a tool for learning and understanding complex spatial information.

For her dissertation, she is investigating the role of gestures and models in the communication and understanding of two-dimensional information – specifically topographic maps. Her other research interests include the study of mental transformations, specifically the ability to make non-rigid transformations, and Visual Penetrative Ability (VPA). For more information on her current and past projects, please click on the RESEARCH link on the left.

Outside of academia and graduate school, Kinnari can be found participating in any of the number of classes offered at her local gym (especially spinning), running across the Ben Franklin Bridge, or throwing pottery at the local art studio. She also likes to cook, sing, and read.