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Research Interests

I study human movement, visual perception, and spatial cognition from an interdisciplinary, embodied, evolutionary perspective. More specifically, I am interested in studying the influence of emotional states and traits on perception, action, and navigation.

I have also developed an expertise in designing and conducting applied user tests of uncertainty visualization interpretation and communication to non-experts, particularly in the domain of weather forecasting.

If you would like to access one of my research articles or posters, please contact me directly via email.

Opportunities For Students

If you are interested in completing a senior thesis as an undergraduate or would like to become involved in the Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition lab as a research assistant, please contact me via email.


B.A., Vassar College (Cognitive Science & Religious Studies, 2013)
M.S., University of Utah (Psychology, 2015)

Selected Publications

Padilla, L. M., Hansen, G., Ruginski, I. T., Kramer, H. S., Thompson, W. B., & Creem-Regehr, S. H. (2015). The influence of different graphical displays on nonexpert decision making under uncertainty. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 21(1), 37. Download

Ruginski, I. T., Boone, A. P., Padilla, L. M., Liu, L., Heydari, N., Kramer, H. S., ... & Creem-Regehr, S. H. (2016). Non-expert interpretations of hurricane forecast uncertainty visualizations. Spatial Cognition & Computation, 16(2), Special Issue on Visually-Supported Spatial Reasoning with Uncertainty, 154-172. Download

Last Updated: 8/22/16