Vice President and Associate Provost
Dean of the Graduate School

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Laura Carlson

Dr. Laura Carlson is Vice President, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School and a Professor of Psychology Department.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1994, and has been at Notre Dame ever since.  Her research focuses on how we represent environments, examining how they are learned, which landmarks are remembered, how routes through these environments are described, and why we might get lost in these environments. She is the author or co-author of over 65 articles and chapters, co-editor of a book and has been funded by NSF and NIH.  She has served as an Associate Editor for three journals: Cognitive PsychologyJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, and Memory & Cognition.  She is on the governing boards of the Cognitive Science Society and the Psychonomic Society, and serves as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. She received the Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2008, the Kaneb Center Teaching Award in 2001 and 2005, and was named a fellow of the Kaneb Center in 2002.

Recent publications  (*designates graduate student/postdoc)

*Lugo, JE, Schmiedeler, J.P., Batill, S. M., & Carlson, L. (2015).  Quantification of Classical Gestalt Principles in Two-Dimensional Product Representations.  Journal of Mechanical Design, 137(9), 094502.

Carlson, L. A., Skubic, M., *Miller, J., Huo, Z., Alexenko, T. (2014). Strategies for human-driven robot comprehension of spatial descriptions by older adults in a robot fetch task. TOPICS in Cognitive Science, 6 (3), 513-533.

*Lugo, J., Schmiedeler, J., Batill, S., and Carlson, L., (2014), Relationship between Product Aesthetic Subject Preference and Quantified Gestalt Principles. ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, (2014/8/17), V007T07A045-V007T074045.

*Schultheis, H. & Carlson, L. A. (2013). Determinants of Attentional Modulation Near the Hands. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science, 18 November 2013 | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00858

*Miller, J. E., Carlson, L. A., & McAuley, J. D. (2013). When what you hear influences when you see: Listening to an auditory rhythm influences the temporal allocation of visual attention. Psychological Science, 24 (1), 11-18. DOI: 10.1177/0956797612446707.

Skubic, M,. Huo, Z., Alexenko, T., Carlson, L., *Miller, J. (2013). Testing an assistive fetch robot with spatial language from older and younger adults- RO MAN, 2013 IEEE 697-702.

*Lugo, J., Batill, S., and Carlson, L., 2012 Modeling Product form Preference Using Gestalt Principles, Semantic Space and Kansei. In Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.

Skubic, M., Alexenko, T., Huo, Z., Carlson, L., & *Miller, J. (2012). Investigating spatial language for robot fetch commands. Grounding Language for Physical Systems. AAAI Technical Report WS-12-07.Workshops at the Twenty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Skubic, M., Zhiyu, H., Carlson, L. Li, X.O., & *Miller, J. (2011). Human-driven spatial language for human-robot interaction. Human-Robot Ineraction in ElderCare: Papers from the 2011 AAAI Workshops (WS-11-12). Twenty-fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

*Li, X., Carlson, L. A., Mou, W., *Williams, M. R., & *Miller, J. E. (2011). Describing spatial locations from perception and memory: The influence of intrinsic axes on reference object selection. Journal of Memory and Language, 65, 222-236.

*Miller, J.E., Carlson, L. A, & *Hill, P. L. (2011). Selecting a reference object. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 37, 840-850.

*Miller, J. E., & Carlson, L. A. (2011). Selecting landmarks in a novel environment. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(1), 184-191.

Carlson, L. A., Hölscher, C., Shipley, T. F., & Conroy Dalton, R. (2010). Getting Lost in Buildings. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(5), 284-289. 


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