Lonnie Hastings



Alumnus (MSc Student, defended in 2013)




SIAT, SFU, UBC Visual Cognition Lab, The Boeing Company


Lonnie’s has a back­ground in com­puter sci­ence and psy­chol­ogy. She com­pleted her under­grad­u­ate degree at the University of British Columbia with a BSc in Cognitive Systems, a pro­gram that com­bined psy­chol­ogy, com­puter sci­ence, lin­guis­tics, and phi­los­o­phy. While at UBC she worked as an RA and man­ager of the Visual Cognition Lab with Dr. Ron Rensink, where her pri­mary focus was a study on visual atten­tion & inat­ten­tional blindness.

Lonnie’s cur­rent work in the iSpace Lab is focused on indus­try appli­ca­tions of Virtual Reality sys­tems and how indi­vid­ual and/or system fac­tors can impact the effec­tive­ness of those appli­ca­tions.  Earlier this year, she com­pleted a study at the Boeing Company that looked at the impact of screen size, visual fidelity and indi­vid­ual dif­fer­ences (specif­i­cally: com­puter expe­ri­ence and spa­tial ori­en­ta­tion) on nav­i­ga­tion per­for­mance in a 3D CAD model of a com­mer­cial airplane.

Lonnie is also a part of the Visual Analytics research part­ner­ship between Simon Fraser and The Boeing Company. Since 2010 she has worked in the Boeing Environmental Health and Safety depart­ment devel­op­ing a new method of analy­sis to cor­re­late injury and pro­duc­tion data.


Spatial Cognition in VR vs. real world

Comparing spatial perception/cognition in real versus immersive virtual environments: it doesn't compare! Virtual reality (VR) is increasingly used in psychological research and applications – but does VR really afford natural human spatial perception/cognition, which is a prerequisite for effective spatial behavior? Using judgment of relative direction (JRD) tasks, Riecke & McNamara (Psychonom...


Hastings, L., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). The Influence of Shading, Display Size and Individual Differences on Navigation in Virtual Reality. ACM Symposium on Applied Perception SAP, 51–58. https://doi.org/10.1145/2628257.2628265
Riecke, B. E., & Hastings, L. (2011). Do Virtual and Real Environments Influence Spatial Cognition Similarly? [Poster 1031]. 52th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Psychonomics), Seattle, USA.
Hastings, B. L. (2013). The Influence of Shading, Display Size and Individual Differences on Navigation Performance in Virtual Reality in an Applied Industry Setting [MSc Thesis, Simon Fraser University]. https://summit.sfu.ca/item/13865