Carol He

Carol He

Graduate Student



Mary Hegarty

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


Carol (Chuanxiuyue) He received her B.S. in Geographical Information Science from Wuhan University in 2017. She worked as a research assistant in 2016 summer at Dr. Priti Shah’s Lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined Spatial Thinking Lab at UCSB in 2017, working with Dr. Mary Hegarty. While pursuing her doctoral degree and actively presenting at least at two conferences per year, she received a Master's degree in Statistics at UCSB in 2020. Being a responsible teaching assistant and undergraduate research mentor, she hope to make the journey of studying human minds inspiring and meaningful.


My main research interest lies in understanding visuospatial thinking processes and individual differences in human navigation behaviors. I examine how multi-factors (including environmental factors and human factors) may play different and related roles in strategy choice for doing different spatial tasks, from mentally rotating 3D objects to finding a shortcut in virtual environments. These studies provide insights for future spatial thinking training, next generation of STEM education and GPS design.

[Spatial Cognition; Navigation; Visuospatial Working Memory; ]