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David Waller

David Waller has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of psychology.

Waller earned a bachelor’s degree at Williams College and a doctorate at the University of Washington.

Before coming to Miami in 2002, he spent three years in a postdoctoral position at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Waller’s research aims to understand how people perceive and remember spatial information about large-scale environments. He is interested in how spatial perceptions and memories are transformed by mental processes in the service of important behaviors such as navigation, and in how people differ in their ability to perform such transformations. Much of his work involves the use of computer-simulated (“virtual”) environments, which offer unprecedented experimental control over spatial stimuli. His use of virtual environments for basic research in spatial cognition is matched by an ongoing interest in the human factors issues associated with virtual environment applications.

He is an associate editor of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments and a steering committee member for the Society for Computers in Psychology.

Date Published: 02/14/2008
Volume: 27   Number: 15

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