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, she received a Master's degree in Statistics at UCSB in 2020.


My main research interest lies in understanding visuospatial thinking processes and human navigation behaviors. Using statistical modeling, I examine how multi-factors (from environmental factors to human factors) may play different and related roles in strategy choice for doing different spatial tasks, from mentally rotating 3D objects (e.g. chemistry molecules or Rubik’s cubes) to finding a shortcut in virtual mazes. These studies provide insights for human behaviors in virtual reality, spatial thinking training, next generation of STEM education, and GPS usage.

[Spatial Cognition; Navigation; Visuospatial Working Memory; ]