Cheryl Cohen

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD, Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Psychology Division
310A Chem-Sci Building
Phone: 906.487.2204
FAX: 906.487.1094

Faculty | Staff | Adjunct Faculty

Recent Courses

PSY 2000
PSY 3040
PSY 3095

Professional Biography

Cheryl A. Cohen received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of her areas of interest is human spatial cognition, which can be defined as the mental faculties that enable us to read maps, imagine cross sections through 3D objects, and efficiently pack our car trunks with all the gear we need for a camping trip. Dr. Cohen is interested in developing training programs that will enable individuals to improve their spatial thinking, particularly within the context of science and technology education.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Cohen, C.A. & Hegarty, M. (2007). Individual differences in use of an external visualization to perform an internal visualization task. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 21, 701-711.

Cohen, C.A. & Hegarty, M. (2007). Sources of difficulty in imagining cross sections of 3D objects. In D. S. McNamara & J. G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp.179-184). Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Hegarty, M., Keehner, M., Cohen, C., Montello, D. R., & Lippa, Y. (2007). The role of spatial cognition in medicine: Applications for selecting and training professionals. In G. Allen (Ed.) Applied Spatial Cognition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Cohen, C. (2005). The influence of spatial ability on the use of a dynamic interactive animation in a spatial problem solving task. In T. Barkowsky, C. Freksa, M. Hegarty & R. Lowe (Eds.). Reasoning with mental and external diagrams. Computational modeling and spatial assistance. Menlo Park, CA: American Association for Artificial Intelligence Press.

Conference Publications

Cohen, C.A. and Hegarty, M. (2008). Spatial visualization training using interactive animation. Conference on Research and Training in Spatial Intelligence. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Evanston, IL. June 13-15, 2008.


PSY 2000 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 3040 History/Systems of Psychology
PSY 3095 Teaching Assistant