Read about SILC research and researchers in the press, as well as noteworthy accomplishments.
SILC Press for 2014
♦ Miller, Greg (October 6, 2014). Beyond the Nobel: What Scientists Are Learning About How Your Brain Navigates. Wired. Retrieved October 9, 2014. SILC Faculty Member Russell Epstein and SILC Research on "the way people navigate through space and orient to their surroundings" are highlighted in this article.
♦ Spatial Cognition 2014, Bremen, Germany, chose SILC Graduate Student, Linsey Smith (Northwestern University), to receive the best student paper award. The award, provided by the Cognitive Science Society, is for the following paper:
Smith, L. A., Ping, R. M., Matlen, B. J., Goldwater, M. B., Gentner, D. (SILC Co-PI), Levine, S. (SILC Co-PI) (2014). Mechanisms of spatial learning: Teaching children geometric categories. C. Freksa, B. Nebel, M. Hegarty, & T. Barkowsky (Eds.), Spatial Cognition IX: International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2014, Bremen, Germany, September 15-19, 2014. Proceedings, LNCS 8684, 325-337. [DOI]
Congratulations, Linsey and to all the co-authors!
Retrieved September 23, 2014.
See the August 2014 SILC Showcase highlighting this research:http://bit.ly/UC6nuM.
♦ Boss, Suzie (July 28, 2014). Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools. edutopia (on-line). Retrieved July 30, 2014. Bob Kolvoord one of our SILC Faculty Member and his work are mentioned in this article. Spatial Network Member, Joseph Kerski, is also mentioned in this article.
SILC Press for 2013
♦ Two of our SILC Faculty Members: Bob Kolvoord and David H. Uttal and two of our Spatial Network Members: Sarah Bednarz and Phil Gersmehl contributed to a book written by fellow Spatial Network Member, Diana Sinton. The People's Guide to Spatial Thinking is now available from the National Council for Geographic Education.
♦ Flam, F. (November 15, 2013). Lost in space: Is it possible to reprogram your spatial intelligence? Newsworks-The Pulse (on-linei). Radio article featuring Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI) and Kristin Gagnier (SILC Postdoc). Also listed on our Talks & Interviews page. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
♦ Nora S. Newcombe, SILC PI, has received the 2014 Association for Psychological Science (APS) William James Fellow Award in recognition of her lifetime achievement in advancing the field of cognitive science. She will deliver her award address at the 26th APS Annual Convention next year. See the APS article: (November 6, 2013). Newcombe to Discuss Integrative Approach to Cognitive Science in Convention Speech. Observations. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
SILC Press for 2012
♦ Clifford, Stephanie (December 3, 2012). More Dads Buy the Toys, So Barbie, and Stores, Get Makeovers. Susan Levine (Co-PI) and SILC-funded research is mentioned in this article. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
♦ Fischer, Kim (July 31, 2012). Spatial skills may be improved through training, new review finds. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
♦ SILC's research helped inform Providence Children's Museum's new exhibit: ThinkSpace. See their blog about the exhibit: http://providencechildrensmuseum.blogspot.com/search/label/ThinkSpace. Retrieved December 6, 2012. Our PI, Nora Newcombe, and our SILC website are referenced at the bottom of one of their blog articles here. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
SILC Press for 2011
♦ Press coverage for SILC generated research on: Children’s spatial thinking: Does talk about the spatial world matter? by Shannon M. Pruden, Susan C. Levine (Co-PI) and Janellen Huttenlocher. [DOI]. Retrieved March 28, 2012:
- Using words like big and small teaches infants spatial skills (The Telegraph)
- Study: Early spatial term use important (UPI.com)
- Talking About Size, Shape May Aid Math Skills (US News and World Report)
- Study: Early spatial term use important (dalje.com)
- Talking About Size, Shape May Aid Math Skills (DoctorsLounge)
SILC Press for 2010
♦ Press coverage for the SILC-generated research on the article: Carlson, L. A., Hölscher, C., Shipley, T. F. and Dalton, R. C. (2010). Getting Lost in Buildings. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(5), 284-289. [doi: 10.1177/0963721410383243] (Retrieved: September 1, 2011):
SILC Press for 2009
♦ Advertisement approved by the IRB (Posting Date: November 18, 2009):
Want to help scientists help you? Researchers at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) are gathering a corpus of sketches using CogSketch. CogSketch is the sketch understanding software that we are creating, which is available for free from our web site. It has two purposes. First, we are using it to explore how people reason and learn. Second, we are exploring how to incorporate sketching into education, to improve student learning. By gathering people’s sketches, scientists will be able to do analyses that will help them with both of these missions. If you want to participate, all you have to do is download CogSketch, and indicate your acceptance when you install the software. (If you change your mind, there is a “Phone Home” setting in the software preferences.)
SILC Press for 2008
♦ Portal of Science and Technology: Dong Nai: Science News (Posting Date:?). Baby boys may show spatial supremacy: Male superiority on mental rotation tasks may develop within a few months after birth. This article quotes both Susan Levine (Co-PI) and Nora Newcombe (PI).
Retrieved December 18, 2008 from:
SILC Press for 2007
♦ (Published April 12, 2007). How do humans process information? [Electronic version]. Northwestern University Observer Online. Retrieved April 19, 2007 from http://www.northwestern.edu/observer/issues/2007/04/12/spatial.html