Welcome to Maria Kozhevnikov’s Lab
Maria Kozhevnikov currently holds positions as Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology and as Associate in Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital. Maria’s primary academic appointment is as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the National University of Singapore, Department of Psychology and Communication and New Media Programme.
Maria Kozhevnikov’ labs at Harvard and NUS jointly investigate the neural mechanisms of visual/spatial imagery, as well as individual differences in basic information processing capacities (e.g. the ability to generate, inspect, or transform visual/spatial images). In addition, the lab research focuses on examining how these individual differences affect more complex activities, such as spatial navigation, learning and problem solving in mathematics and science, as well as in exploring ways to train visual/spatial imagery skills and design learning technologies that can accommodate individual differences and learning styles.
NOTE: This research may clear up some of the variation within ASD / Asperger’s. I identify myself as “object dominant” but also “spatial” (geology requires visual manipulation of objects across scale, relative location and time; I could not imagine not using both types of visual processing in the field of geology.) I’m definitely “verbal as a second language”. I assume each person has a mix of processing preferences that come together in unique ways.
Object-Spatial Dissociation in Individual Differences in Visual Imagery
Our research into the object-spatial dissociation follow three directions:
- Neural correlates of object vs. spatial visualization abilities
- Ecological validation of individual differences in object vs. spatial ability
- Developmental patterns of object vs. spatial visualization abilities
- Object-Spatial Dissociation in Individual Differences in Visual Imagery
- 3D Visualization in Immersive Virtual Environments
- Allocentric vs. Egocentric Spatial Processing
- Visual-Spatial Processing in Different Domains
- EXAMPLE: Cognitive Style
Cognitive StyleOur research on cognitive style includes two main directions:
Our lab is interested in investigating Cognitive Style from theoretical and applied perspectives. In our research, we refine the concept of cognitive style and develop theoretically guided measures of cognitive style.
Cognitive style historically has referred to a psychological dimension representing consistencies in an individual’s manner of cognitive functioning, particularly with respect to acquiring and processing information. The problem of reliably assessing cognitive style has always been a challenge, due to theoretical and methodological difficulties (NT psychology) (see Kozhevnikov, 2007, for a review).
In particular, in our research, based on contemporary cognitive neuroscience evidence, we investigate object, spatial, or verbal cognitive styles that describe individuals’ preferences to, or self-assessments of, the use of object, spatial, or verbal, mode of information processing, respectively (Kozhevnikov et al., 2005; Blajenkova et al. 2006; Blazhenkova & Kozhevnikov, 2009).