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April 18, 2019

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.

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January 22, 2019

The Chrastil Lab has been awarded a grant to study individual differences in navigational abilities from the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (Army Research Office)

SFN 2018
December 14, 2018

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.

Lilly Cheng
November 14, 2018

Lilly Cheng, a second year graduate student, gave a poster presentation at Psychonomics Conference in New Orleans in November. Lilly's poster was concerned with the effects of motion adaptation. 

Resting state connectivity figure from paper
October 18, 2018

Liz Chrastil co-authored a paper with Sarah Izen and Chantal Stern on individual differences in resting state connectivity in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

DSI image of brain. credit: Justin Smith
October 14, 2018

These papers investigate the function and connectivity of the retrosplenial cortex: an understudied area of human cortex that may have some connections to human navigation.

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September 19, 2018

A recent graduate from the MCDB department at UCSB, Justin Smith became involved in the spatial neuroscience lab before graduation. Condibuting to the MLINDIV project, Justin is interested in brain architecture and connectivity assessed through novel imaging techniques such as the DSI and how these relate to navigational learning.

NSF
September 14, 2018

The Chrastil Lab was awarded with a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine the functional organization of navigational systems within the human brain. Liz Chrastil will work in collaboration with researchers from Boston University on this project. 

HMD
September 9, 2018

Liz Chrastil is appointed as the associate director of the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. Having published a body of research related to navigation in virtual reality, Chrastil will bring technical knowledge and research expertise to this role.

UCSB
May 20, 2018

Liz Chrastil is awarded Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship. This high honor is given to junior faculty that show promise early in their careers.