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...


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, 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
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://theses.lib.sfu.ca/thesis/etd8120