Spatial thinking allows us to encode and transform information about objects and their location, and thus to find our way in the world and perform technical activities such as tool making, providing the foundation for a wide range of activities, such as the design of buildings or the solution of mathematics problems. The overarching goal of the RISC Lab is to understand spatial learning and cognition and how they can be fostered by effective technology and education.
See also the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) which was funded by the National Science Foundation from 2006-2018 and currently located at Northwestern University.
- The RISC lab welcomes Sarah Hendricks, Kate Hill, Jacob Lader, and Josh Litwin as new post-bac Research Assistants.
- Cornell University’s Eleanor J. Gibson and James J. Gibson Lecture in Experimental Psychology this year was presented by Dr. Newcombe. May 2022.
- Dr. Newcombe was recently featured in a Q&A for the American Psychological Association’s Scientist Spotlight. March 2022.
- The RISC lab welcomes Naoya Tani, our newest graduate student!
- CBS Sunday Morning featured Dr. Newcombe in their episode, “A sense of direction: Finding your way without GPS.” July 2021.
- Our 2017 Cognitive Science article about hierarchical alignment of large magnitude was mentioned in a recent New York Times article. June 2021.
- UCSB Golledge Lecture 2021: The Development of Navigation by Dr. Nora S. Newcombe
- Check out Dr. Newcombe’s Paul B. Baltes lecture at Max Planck: “Affordances and Representations: Understanding Mental Rotation, Perspective Taking and Spatial Reorientation”
- The RISC lab welcomes Sabrina Karjack (graduate of UCLA) as the new lab manager!
- Our colleagues at the Olson lab have created a Youtube channel. Check out their first video here, which demonstrates what it is like to get an MRI for a research study!