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.
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...