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Research Interests

My research focuses on visual perception and includes decision-making influenced by visualizations and spatial cognition of underrepresented populations. I work collaboratively with visualization scientists, geographers, and anthropologists.

NSF-funded projects: Uncertainty Visualization Project, Spatial Cognition and Navigation (SCAN) Project


Ph.D., (In process) University of Utah (Cognitive Neuroscience, 2018)
Masters, University of Utah (Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015)
Masters, University of Utah (Fine Art, 2013)
Bachelors, Pacific Northwest College of Art (Fine Art, 2009)

Selected Publications

Padilla, L. M., Quinan, S.P., Meyer, M., Creem-Regehr, S. H. (In press). Evaluating the Impact of Binning 2D Scalar Fields. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. Download

Evaluating the Impact of Binning 2D Scalar Fields

Padilla, L.M., Hansen, G., Ruginski, I.T., Kramer, H.S., Thompson, W.B., & Creem-Regehr, S.H. (2014). The influence of different graphical displays on non-expert decision making under uncertainty. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Cashdan, E., Kramer, K. L., Davis, H. E., Padilla, L., & Greaves, R. D. (2015). Mobility and Navigation among the Yucatec Maya. Human Nature, 1–16.

Vashro, L., Padilla, L., & Cashdan, E. (2015). Sex Differences in Mobility and Spatial Cognition. Human Nature, 1–19.

Padilla, L. M., Stefanucci, J., Cashdan, E., Creem-Regehr, S. H. (In press). Sex differences in virtual navigation influenced by scale and navigation experience. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Last Updated: 6/4/21