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Primary Advisor

Timothy McNamara

Contact Information

415 Wilson Hall

Research Area

  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Education

    Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., 2012 – 2017 (expected)

    Sun Yat-Sen University, China, M.S., 2010-2012

    Sun Yat-Sen University, China, B.S., 2003-2007


    Qiliang He

    Ph.D. candidate
    Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

    Spatial Cognition, Navigation and Memory

    I'm interested in how people learn, update, and retrieve objects' positions with respect to themselves in small-scale environment, and the acquisition and development of spatial knowledge in large-scale environment. Using virtual reality as the main research tool, I create virtual environments of different complexites and design new methods to test which one could faciliate the development of spatial knowledge. Another line of my research is investigating what coordinate system people use to represent the spatial relations between objects in the environment, and how this coordinate system flexibily change based on the features of the environment and the goal of the spatial task.

    Because of my research interest, I'm also interested in finding workarounds to reduce motion sickness in VR.