Faculty Profile: Chrastil, Elizabeth

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Chrastil, Elizabeth
Lab Contact:
Elizabeth Chrastil
chrastil@uci.edu
949-824-6267
B SPATIAL NAVIGATION
Department: Neurobiology & Behavior
Biological Sciences III 1400

Research Description

Research in my laboratory is concerned with the mechanisms that underlie spatial cognition and spatial memory. How do we learn and remember locations in a new city? Why are some people good at navigating and others bad at navigating? How can we improve navigational abilities? Specifically, we use the techniques of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), virtual reality (VR), and traditional experimental psychology to determine how the neural systems supporting these various types of spatial memory operate and interact.

Requirements to Participate

3 - 4 hours per unit.

Minimum 2 units. Must be highly motivated and interested in the cognitive neuroscience of spatial memory and in research with human participants. Neurobiology majors preferred, but will consider other related majors.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Grade will be based on quality of work, participation, responsibility, and effort.