The Chrastil Lab was awarded a grant from NSF for "Cognitive graphs: The geometry of spatial knowledge". The grant will use VR to study how people understand navigational space and the underlying geometry of cognitive maps.
Lily Cheng presented her talk "From individual cognitive maps to a collective cognitive map: Prescriptive guidelines" and Liz Chrastil presented her talk "Central coordination and integration of diverse information to form a single map" at the Collective Spatial Cognition Workshop.
Liz Chrastil gave a talk at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in November. This talk was principally concerned with the comparison of Theta oscillations during active and passive decision making in human spatial navigation. Theta oscillations have been related to learning in a number of contexts. Examining the role of these oscillations could give evidence into the role of passive and active decision making in navigational learning.