Susan Naylor-Emlen, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Villanova University



Susan Naylor-Emlen


Spatial Cognition Lab

Lab members





Educational History

Unit on Integrative Neuroimaging                  Post-doctoral Fellowship, November 1998-January 2000

Clinical Brain Disorders Branch                                

National Institute of Mental Health                          

National Institutes of Health                                     

Bethesda, MD


Tufts University, Medford, MA                     Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, 1999

Tufts University, Medford, MA                     MS Experimental Psychology, 1997

West Chester University, PA                          BA Psychology, Magna Cum Laude

                                                                                     May, 1993

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

My research interests include areas of spatial learning and memory.  Most recently the lab is exploring an interactive model of spatial and temporal information in map memory.  This model will help explain how our representations of learned spatial environments are supported by the order (temporal intervals) in which locations within those environments were encountered.  Other areas of interest include differences in mental rotation abilities and strategies as a function of figure dimensionality and gender, spatial language, and effects of learning goals on spatial information processing.


Courses Taught

Research Methods

Foundations of Modern Psychology

General Psychology

Physiological Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Spatial Cognition Seminar


Related links

Villanova Psychology Department

Spatial Cognition Lab Tufts University

Research in Spatial Cognition lab Temple University


Contact information:

                         Psychology Department

                                          800 Lancaster Avenue

                                          Villanova University

                                          Villanova, PA 19085-1699

                                          Phone: 610-519-8895

                                          Fax: 610-519-4269