I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department specializing in Sensation & Perception. My current teaching focus is Sensation and Perception with lab, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods with Lab, and Cognitive Science seminar.
For research, I investigate how people perceive, remember, and navigate through space, known broadly as spatial cognition. I use both natural and virtual environments to ask questions such as how people remember where objects are located in space, how people perceive spatial layout (e.g., distance, height), and how people learn new navigational routes. I also study the effects of technology on perception and cognition.
I grew up in Venice, FL, a small beach town on the gulf coast. I received my B.S. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and my Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Most recently, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Richmond. I moved from the South to the North Country in 2015 to join the SLU faculty.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, biking, and playing volleyball. I also like to read, play board games and video games, cook, and spend time with my husband, daughter, and dog.
For additional information about my teaching and research, visit my website: http://myslu.stlawu.edu/~etwedt/home.html
I am on sabbatical for the Fall 2019 semester.
- Spatial cognition, navigation, perception and action, perception of spatial layout, technology and cognition
Regularly Taught Courses:
- PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 205 - Research Methods with Lab
- PSYC 327 - Sensation and Perception with Lab
- PSYC 459 - Cognitive Science