Liz Chrastil

Assistant Professor
Geography
Phone: 
805-456-2831
Email: 
liz.chrastil@geog.ucsb.edu

Research

Lab Blurb: The focus of our research is understanding how the brain supports spatial navigation. We use virtual reality, fMRI, and EEG methods to test questions about the nature of our spatial geometry, why individuals differ so much in their navigational abilities, and how we acquire and use spatial knowledge. We are interested in how brain networks from visual, memory, navigation, and executive function systems interact in the complex process of getting around in the world.

Publications:

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2016).  Which way and how far?  Tracking of translation and rotation information for human path integration. Human Brain Mapping, 37, 3636-3655.

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2015).  There and back again: Hippocampus and retrosplenial cortex track homing distance during human path integration. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(46), 15442-15452.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W. H. (2015).  Active and passive spatial learning in human navigation: Acquisition of graph knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 41(4), 1162-1178.

Sherrill, K.R., Chrastil, E.R., Ross, R.S., Erdem, U.M., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2015). Functional connections between optic flow areas and navigationally responsive brain regions during goal-directed navigation. NeuroImage, 118, 386-396.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2014).  From cognitive maps to cognitive graphs. PLOS ONE, 9 (11), e112544.

Connors, E.C., Chrastil, E.R., Sanchez, J., & Merebet, L.B. (2014).  Virtual environments for the transfer of navigation skills in the blind: A comparison of directed instruction vs. video game based learning approaches.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, Article 223, 1-13.

Connors, E.C., Chrastil, E.R., Sanchez, J., & Merebet, L.B. (2014). Action video game play and transfer of navigation and spatial cognition skills in early blind adolescents.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, Article 133, 1-8.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2014). Does the human odometer use an extrinsic or intrinsic metric?  Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 76(1), 230-246.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2013). Active and passive spatial learning in human navigation: Acquisition of survey knowledge.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(5), 1520-1537.

Chrastil, E.R. (2013). Neural evidence supports a novel framework for spatial navigation.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 208-227.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2012). Active and passive contributions to spatial learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 1-23.

Chrastil, E.R., Getz, W.M., Euler, H.A., & Starks, P.T. (2006). Paternity uncertainty overrides sex chromosome selection for preferential grandparenting. Evolution and Human Behavior, 27(3), 206-223.

Yarkoni, T., Gray, J.R., Chrastil, E.R., Barch, D.M., Green, L., & Braver, T.S. (2005). Sustained neural activity associated with cognitive control during temporally extended decision making. Cognitive Brain Research, 23, 71-84.