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MARYJANE WRAGA
Associate Professor


CURRICULUM VITAE

Education


Ph.D. in Psychology, Emory University, 1996. Dissertation Title: "The role of eye height in perceiving affordances and object dimensions." Adviser: Dr. Ulric Neisser.

B.A. in English Composition, University of Hartford, 1984.

Academic Honors

Council on Undergraduate Research, Posters on Capitol Hill, 2004.

Jean Picker Fellowship, Smith College, 2003.

McDonnell-Pew Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, 1999.

Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Emory University, 1995-1996.

Emory University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Predoctoral Fellowship, 1991-1995.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Smith College, Department of Psychology. Summer 2006–Present.

Assistant Professor, Smith College, Department of Psychology. Fall 2000 - Present.

Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Psychology,

Spring 2002-Present.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Kosslyn, Harvard University, Department of Psychology, August, 1998-August, 2000.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Dennis Proffitt, University of Virginia, Department of Psychology, September, 1996-July, 1998.

Project Editor, The Self in Infancy: Theory and Research. (Philippe Rochat, Editor),

Emory University, 1995.

Senior Production Editor, Simon & Schuster General Reference, New York, 1987-1991.

Associate Editor, Media Dynamics, Inc., New York, 1986-1987.

Administrative Assistant, British Broadcasting Corporation, London, England, 1984-1986.

Research Interests

Neural mechanisms underlying spatial cognition, spatial updating during multiple classes of imagined movement, individual differences in visuo-spatial tasks and situational factors affecting cognitive performance.


Grants

Pilot Research Grant, Office of Research Development for the Sciences, 7/01/06– 6/30/07, $11,300.

Cognitive Neuroscience Program, National Science Foundation, 9/01/05-7/31/08. $495,000.

Cognitive Neuroscience Program, National Science Foundation, 5/15/04-5/31/06. $75,000.

Mellon 8 Grant, Mellon Foundation, Summer 2004. $8,000.

National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 4/1/97-3/31/00. $93,388.

Teaching Experience

Introductory Psychology (Lecture/Discussion), Smith College, Fall 2000, Fall 2002-2005.

Experiments in Cognitive Psychology (Lecture/Lab), Smith College, Spring 2003.

Cognitive Psychology (Lecture), Smith College, Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004-2005.

Adventures in Space Perception (Seminar), Smith College, Spring 2004, Spring 2006.

The Visual Brain (Seminar), Smith College, Spring 2001-2002.

Perception (Lecture), Emory University, Fall 1993, Spring 1996.

Cognitive Psychology (Lecture), Emory University, Fall 1995.

Experimental Methods (Lecture/Lab), Emory University, Fall 1993, Spring 1993.

Publications

Wraga, M., Duncan, L., Jacobs, E., Helt, M., & Church, J. (in press). Stereotype susceptibility narrows the gender gap in imagined self-rotation performance. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Wraga, M., Shephard, J., Church, J., Inati, S,.J., & Kosslyn, S.M.(2005). Mental rotation of self versus objects: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 43, 1351-1361.

Wraga, M., Creem, S.H., & Proffitt, D.R. (2004). Spatial updating of virtual displays during self- and display rotation. Memory & Cognition, 32, 399-415.

Wraga, M. (2003). Thinking outside the body: An advantage for spatial updating during imagined versus physical self-rotation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 29, 993-1005.

Wraga, M., Kosslyn, S.M., Thompson, W.L., & Alpert, N.M. (2003). Implicit transfer of motor strategies in mental rotation. Brain & Cognition, 52, 135-143.

Wraga, M., & Kosslyn, S.M. (2003). Imagery. In Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (vol. 2, pp. 466-470). London: Nature Publishing Group (peer-reviewed).

Kosslyn, S.M., Thompson, W.L., Wraga, M., & Alpert, N.M. (2001). Imagining rotation by endogenous versus exogenous forces: Distinct neural mechanisms. NeuroReport, 12, 2519-2525.

Creem, S. H., Downs, T. H., Wraga, M., Harrington, G., Fox, K. V., Proffitt, D. R., Downs, J. H. (2001). An fMRI study of imagined self-rotation. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1, 239-249.

Creem, S.H., Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (2001). Imagining physically impossible self-rotations: Geometry is more important than gravity. Cognition, 81, 41-64.

Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (2000). Mapping the zone of eye height utility for seated and standing observers. Perception, 29, 1361-1383.

Wraga, M., Creem, S.H., & Proffitt, D.R. (2000). Perception-action dissocations of a walkable Müller-Lyer configuration. Psychological Science, 11, 239-243.

Wraga, M., Creem. S.H., & Proffitt, D.R. (2000). Updating displays after imagined object- and viewer rotations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 26, 151-168.

Dixon, M.W., Wraga, M., Proffitt, D.R., & Williams, G. (2000). Eye Height–Scaling of absolute size in immersive and pictorial displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 26, 582-593.

Wraga, M. (1999). Using eye height in different postures to scale the heights of objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 518-530.

Wraga, M. (1999).The role of eye height in perceiving affordances and object dimensions. Perception & Psychophysics, 61, 490-507.

Wraga, M., Creem. S.H., & Proffitt, D.R. (1999). The influence of spatial reference frames on imagined object- and viewer rotations. Acta Psychologica, 102, 247-264.

Rochat, P., & Wraga, M. (1997). An account of the systematic error in judging what is reachable. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 23, 199-212.

Creem, S.H., Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1997). The significance of imagined viewer rotations. In M.A. Schmuckler, J.M. Kennedy (Eds.), Studies in Perception and Action IV (pp. 35-38). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Rochat, P., & Wraga, M. (1993). Postural determinants of perceived reachability. In S.S. Valenti & J.B. Pittenger (Eds.), Studies in Perception and Action II (pp. 30-35). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Technical Reports

Wraga, M., & Neisser, U. (1995). Effective eye height as a determinant of perceived size and distance: Four exploratory studies (Rep No. 32). Atlanta: Emory Cognition Project, Emory University.

Rochat, P., & Wraga, M. (1994). Perceiving what is reachable: Systematic errors in the perception of an affordance ( Rep. No. 29). Atlanta: Emory Cognition Project, Emory University.


Under Review

Wraga, M., Church, J., Jacobs, E., & Helt, M. The role of motor processes in imagined object and self rotations (in revision).

Wraga, M., Helt, M., Jacobs, E., & Sullivan, K. Neural basis of stereotype-induced shifts in women’s mental rotation performance (under review).


In Preparation

Wraga, M., Swaby, M., & Flynn, C.M. Passive cutaneous information facilitates mental rotation of hand-held objects.

Wraga, M., Jacobs, E., Sullivan, K., & Uykal, E. Neural Substrates of Two Classes of Egocentric Mental Transformations.

Wraga, M., Helt, M., Duncan, L., & Jacobs, E. Stereotype susceptibility and improving women's spatial cognition performance.

Wraga, M., Jacobs, E., Duncan, L., & Church, J. Neural substrates of stereotype enhancement and men's spatial cognition performance.

Wraga, M., Jacobs, E., Church, J., Shephard, J., Badre, D., & Kosslyn, S.M. Individual differences in visuo-spatial imagery: An fMRI study.

Abstracts and Presentations

Wraga, M., Jacobs, E., Sullivan, K., & Uykal, E. (2006, April). Neural Substrates of Two Classes of Egocentric Mental Transformations. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Duncan, L. E., Wraga, M., Reynolds, M., & Medina, L. (2005, January). Stereotype threat and women’s performance on a mental rotation task. Poster presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Helt, M., Jacobs, E., Sullivan, K., & Wraga, M. (2005, January). fMRI Study of Women's Enhanced Spatial Cognition Performance Via Positive Stereotype. Poster presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Jacobs, E., Duncan, L.E., Helt, M., & Wraga, M. (2005, January). Stereotype threat, gender, and mental rotation performance. Poster presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Ryan, M.M.Q., & Wraga, M. (2004, December). Mental rotation and Gestalt principles in perceptual organization. Talk given at the International Conference on Cognitive Science, Allahabad, India.

Wraga, M., & Swaby, M. (2004, November). The role of haptic information in mental rotation of hand-held objects. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Jacobs, E., Wraga, M., Duncan, L., & Church, J. (2004, April). Neural correlates of enhanced spatial cognition performance in men. Poster presented at 2004 Undergraduate Research Posters on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Wraga, M., Jacobs, E., Duncan, L., & Church, J. (2004, April). fMRI study of men's enhanced spatial cognition performance during stereotype threat. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Swaby, M., & Wraga, M. The role of haptics in mental rotation of hand-held objects. (2004, April). Poster presented at Celebrating Collaborations, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Reynolds, M., Medina, L., Duncan, L. E., & Wraga, M. (2004, April). Lowering women’s performance on spatial rotation tasks. Poster presented at Celebrating Collaborations, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Reynolds, M., Medina, L., Duncan, L. E., & Wraga, M. (2003, April). Enhancing women’s performance of spatial rotation tasks. Poster presented at Celebrating Collaborations, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Wraga, M., Shephard, J., Badre, D., Church, J., & Kosslyn, S.M. (2003, March). An fMRI study of individual differences in visuo-spatial imagery. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Wraga, M. (2002, November). Spatial updating during imaginal movement: When Optical Information Interferes. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Kansas City, MI.

Wraga, M. (2002, October). How to make a man think like a girl: Stereotype threat and spatial cognition. Talk given at the Smith College Sigma Xi Lunch, Northampton, MA.

Wraga, M., Chruch, J., & Badre, D. (2002, April). Event-related fMRI study of imaginal self and object rotations. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Wraga, M., Inati, S., Shephard, J., & Kosslyn, S.M. (2001, April). Mental rotation of self versus objects: An fMRI study. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Wraga, M. (2001, February). Motor strategies in mental rotation. Talk given at the Five-College Seminar in Cognitive Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Wraga, M. (2001, February). Mental transformations of space. Talk given at the Smith College Sigma Xi Lunch, Northampton, MA.

Wraga, M. (2000, November). Motor transfer effects in mental rotation: A PET study. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA.

Wraga, M., Kosslyn, S.M., Thompson, W.L., & Alpert, N.M. (2000, April). PET study of motor and nonmotor strategies for mental rotation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12 , 75.

Wraga, M. (1999, November). Out of sight is out of body: Spatial updating during physical and imagined self-rotations. Talk given at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, CA.

Creem, S.H., Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1999, November). Imagining physically impossible transformations: Geometry is more important than gravity. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Los Angeles, CA.

Wraga, M. (1999, October). Spatial updating: Beyond the retina. Invited talk, Neural Networks and Vision Seminar, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Wraga, M. (1999, June). Updating scenes during imagined and physical self-movement. 3rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, London, Ontario, Canada.

Creem, S.H., Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1999, June). An advantage for self- versus object rotations given physically impossible positions. 3rd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, London, Ontario, Canada.

Downs, T. H., Creem, S. H., Wraga, M., Harrington, G. S. Fox, K. V., Proffitt, D. R., & Downs, J.H. (1999, June). Imagined rotations of the self. 5th International Conference on Functional Mapping of the Human Brain, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Wraga, M., Creem, S.H., & Proffitt, D.R.(1999, May). Spatial updating of an irregularly shaped virtual array during self- and display rotations. Talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Providence, RI

Wraga, M., Creem, S.H., & Proffitt, D.R. (1999, April). Spatial updating of a virtual scene during self- and display rotations. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 40, S801.

Creem, S. H., Hirsch, T. B., Wraga, M., Harrington, G., Fox, K. V., Proffitt, D. R., Downs, J. H. (1999, April). FMRI investigations of imagined viewer rotations. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Wraga, M. (1998, November). Imagined viewer rotations may defy physical laws. 39th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Dallas, TX.

Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1998). Eye height–scaling of large objects. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 39, S642.

Creem, S.H., Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1998). Perception-action dissociations in a large-scale Müller-Lyer figure. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 39, S1095.

Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1997, November). Mapping the zone of eye height utility for seated and standing viewers. 38th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Creem, S.H., Wraga, M., & Proffitt, D.R. (1997, July). The significance of imagined viewer rotations. 10th International Conference on Perception and Action, Toronto, Canada.

Wraga, M. (1997). Information weighting in size perception. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 38, S642.

Wade, M.M., Wraga, M., Williams, G., & Proffitt, D.R. (1997). Eye height¬–scaling of virtual scenes. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 38, S1009.

Kubovy, M., Wraga, M., & Smit, D. (1997). The effect of prägnanz on grouping by proximity. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 38, S1009.

Wraga, M. (1996, October). Flexibility in the information used to perceive object size. 37th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Chicago, IL, 1996.

Wraga, M. (1996). Under what conditions is effective eye height used to scale object size? Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Abstracts, 37.

Wraga, M., & Neisser, U. (1995, November). Intrinsic and extrinsic size judgments are both affected by perceived eye height. 36th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Los Angeles.

Wraga, M., & Neisser, U. (1995, July) The effect of viewer posture on perceived object size. 8th International Conference on Perception and Action, Marseilles, France.

Neisser, U., & Wraga, M.J. (1993, November). Periscopically shifted eye height affects perceived object size. 34th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Washington, D.C.

Rochat, P., & Wraga, M.J. (1993, August). Postural determinants of perceived reachability. 7th International Conference on Event Perception and Action, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Neisser, U., & Wraga, M.J. (1992, November). Shifting attention across the field before making a directed reach. 33rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, St. Louis, MO.

Professional Societies

Member, The Psychonomic Society

Member, Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Member, American Psychological Society

Member, Sigma Xi

Ad Hoc Reviewer

Acta Psychologica

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Reviews

Cognition

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

Perception

Perception & Psychophysics

Psychological Research

Psychological Science

Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

Science

Department Service

Secretary, Psychology Department, Smith College, 2000-2001.

Adviser, Senior Honors Thesis of Jessica Church, Smith College, 2001-2002.

Colloquium Committee, Psychology Department, Spring 2002, 2003.

Organizer and Panelist, Graduate Study Panel, Psychology Department, Fall 2002, 2003, Spring 2005, Fall 2005.

CDO Liaison, Fall 2003–Spring 2006.

Human Subjects Review Committee, 2002-2003.

PRAXIS Liaison, Fall 2003-Spring 2006.

Creator & Organizer, Psychology Department Research Opportunities Fair, Fall 2003, Spring 2005, Fall 2005.

Adviser, Senior Honors Thesis of Molly Helt, 2004-2005.

Reader, Senior Honors Thesis of Nevena Zhelyaskova, Spring 2005.

College Service

Mellon Minority Fellowship Mentor, 2001-2003.

Member, Human Subjects Review, 2002-2003.

Underrepresented Students in the Sciences Faculty Mentor, Fall 2002-Spring 2004.

Faculty Board of Fellowship Mentors, Spring 2003-Present.

Regional Service

Reader, Senior Honors Thesis of Thaddeus Sze, Harvard University, 2001.

Organizer & Smith Representative, Five-College Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience, Spring 2004-Present.

National Service

Panelist, Human and Social Dynamics Area Review Board, National Science Foundation, 6/04.

Adhoc Reviewer, Cognitive Neuroscience Program, National Science Foundation.


References

Dr. Ulric Neisser
Department of Psychology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: (607) 255-3834
email: un13@cornell.edu

Dr. Stephen Kosslyn
Department of Psychology
William James Hall 830
33 Kirkland Street
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
phone: (617) 495-3932
email: smk@wjh.harvard.edu

Dr. Dennis Proffitt
Department of Psychology
University of Virginia
102 Gilmer Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22903
phone: (804) 924-0655
email: drp@virginia.edu

Dr. Philippe Rochat
Department of Psychology
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
phone: (404) 727-4284
email: psypr@emory.edu


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