Chris Dickinson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Appalachian State University

Visual-Spatial Cognition Lab

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I am interested in understanding the nature of the visual-spatial representations of the world that we create as we view the world around us.  In particular, I am interested in how people remember the spatial expanse of views of scenes, and how various aspects of scene layout and structure affect memory for this aspect of scene views.  I am also interested in the extent to which people remember where they have looked during visual search, as well as how they represent these searched locations in memory, and the extent to which they use this memory to avoid revisiting previously searched locations.  I use a combination of psychophysical and eye-tracking measures to examine these issues.

I am also interested in applying eye-tracking methodology to other research areas, such as judgment and decision-making and clinical psychology.

In addition, I am interested in how principles derived from research on semantic memory can be applied to the classroom—in terms of helping students to develop effective studying techniques and helping educators incorporate these principles into their teaching techniques and curriculum development.  This interest has grown out of my own teaching experiences.  As a cognitive psychologist, I try to incorporate these principles into my own course development and teaching methods, and I also provide them to my students in the form of studying advice (please see the link for more studying-related information).

Prospective graduate students and undergraduate researchers should feel free to contact me.

Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Appalachian State University
222 Joyce Lawrence Ln.
P.O. Box 32109
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-263-4010
Fax: 828-262-2974


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