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Who are we?

We are the VAAST Lab in the Psychology Department at the University of Utah. Our group examines visual perception and spatial cognition with a multidisciplinary approach involving psychology and computer science in the service of both basic and applied research goals.


What are we studying?

Navigation is a complex process with strategy and performance varying greatly between individuals. There are many factors that influence navigation strategy and performance. We are specifically interested in how both gender and age play a role in these differences and how both navigation strategy and performance differ between age groups ranging from pre-puberty to adulthood.

What does the study involve?

This study will be conducted fully online. The study involves navigating through a virtual maze and locating specific objects within that maze. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete, and each participant will be compensated with an Amazon gift card.

Navigation image example

Who can participate?

We are recruiting individuals aged 8-40. You will need:

  1. Access to a Windows computer or laptop,
  2. Normal or correct to normal vision (glasses and contacts are acceptable)

If you’d like to participate, please fill out the form below:

Research Participation Interest Form


Who you would be working with

Jeanine Stefanucci

Jeanine Stefanucci, Ph.D.

Professor, Cognition &
Neural Science (CNS)

Jeanine Stefanucci

Sarah Creem-Regehr, Ph.D.

Professor, Cognition &
Neural Science (CNS)

Jeanine Stefanucci

Emily Tighe

Grad Student, Cognition &
Neural Science (CNS)


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Study funded by the National Science Foundation

Last Updated: 3/16/23