Laura A. Carlson

Laura A. Carlson

Professor, Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School

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

  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

(574) 631-8052

lcarlson@nd.edu

502 Main Building

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Spatial Cognition Lab

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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.

Profile

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 70 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 board of the Psychonomic Society, and served previously on the Governing Board for the Cognitive Science Society, and is 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

Journal articles since 2013 (* indicates graduate student or postdoc):

*Kolesari, J. & Carlson, L. A. (in press, Memory & Cognition). How the Physicality of Space Affects How We Think About Time.

*Schultheis, H., & Carlson, L. A. (2017). Mechanisms of Reference Frame Selection in Spatial Term Use: Computational and Empirical Studies. Cognitive Science, 41 (2), 276-325.

*Lugo J, Schmiedeler J, Batill S, Carlson L. (2016). Relationship Between Product Aesthetic Subject Preference and Quantified Gestalt Principles in Automobile Wheel Rims. Journal of Mechanical Design, 138 (5), 051101.

*Lugo, JE, Schmiedeler, J.P., Batill, S. M., & Carlson, L. A. (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.

*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

Carlson, L. A., Skubic, M., Miller, J., Huo, Z., & Alexenko, T. (2013). Assessing the effectiveness of older adults’ spatial descriptions in a fetch task. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, Annual Meeting, Berlin, (2013/7).

*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.

Conference Proceedings since 2013:

*Adams, D., *Galeucia, C., *Kolesari, J., Carlson, L.A., & Coventry, K. R. (2015).  Priming dynamic-kinematic routines using spatial language.  Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, (2015/7).

Carlson, L.A., *Kolesari, J., *Galeucia, C. & *Adams, D. (2015).  Selecting landmarks when giving directions to different addressees on campus.  Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, (2015/7).

*Lugo, J., Schmiedeler, J., Batill, S., & Carlson, L. A. (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.

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