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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 expedite the development of route and survey knowledge. The other research topic that I'm interested in is how people's navigational performance are affected by the complexity of the environment, and the body-based information they have access to.

    Because of my research interest, I need to find a virtual reality headset which induce the least motion sickness and I'm always curious about and want to try the latest VR product in the market.