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Elizabeth Chrastil Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara
1832 Ellison Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060

(805) 699-6292

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Academic Positions

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, 2016-present
    • Faculty, Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience
    • Affiliate, Neuroscience Research Institute
    • Affiliate, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
    • Associate Director, Research Center for Virtual Environents & Behavior
  • Boston University
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012-2016
    • Postdoctoral Advisor: Chantal E. Stern, D.Phil.

Education

  • Brown University
    Cognitive Science; Ph.D. 2012
    • Dissertation Advisor: William H. Warren, Ph.D.
  • Tufts University
    Biology; M.S. 2006
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, History, with honors; B.A. 2002

Research Interests

  • Human Navigation, Spatial Cognition, Perception-Action, Memory Systems, fMRI Methods

Grants and Fellowships

  • National Science Foundation ($669,803 total, $216,783 to Chrastil), 2018-2021
    • Role: co-PI (PI Stern, Co-PI Ling)
  • California NanoSystems Institute New Partnerships Challenge Grant ($49,980), 2018-2019
    • Role: co-Lead Investigator (co-Lead Jacobs, co-I Hegarty)
  • UCSB Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship ($47,571), 2018-2020
  • UCSB Senate Faculty Research Grant ($14,100), 2018-2019
  • Army Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies Seed Fund ($60,000), 2018-2019
  • UCSB Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship ($7,500), 2018
  • UCSB Senate Faculty Research Grant ($10,000), 2017-2018
  • Brown University Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • NASA/RI Space Grant Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Brown University First Year Fellowship, 2006-2007

Publications

Izen, S.*, Chrastil, E.R.*, & Stern, C.E. (in press). Resting state connectivity between medial temporal lobe regions and intrinsic cortical networks predicts performance in a path integration task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
* denotes equal authorship

Chrastil, E. R.*, Tobyne, S. M.*, Nauer, R. K., Chang, A. E., & Stern, C.E. (in press). Converging meta-analytic and connectomic evidence for functional sub-regions within the human retrosplenial region. Behavioral Neuroscience
* denotes equal authorship

Chrastil, E.R. (in press). Heterogeneity in human retrosplenial cortex: A review of function and connectivity. Behavioral Neuroscience.

Sherrill, K.R., Chrastil, E.R., Aselcioglu, I., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2018). Structural differences in hippocampal and entorhinal gray matter volume support individual differences in first-person navigational ability. Neuroscience 380, 123-131.

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Aselcioglu, I., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2017).  Individual differences in human path integration abilities correlate with gray matter volume in retrosplenial cortex, hippocampus, and medial prefrontal cortex. eNeuro, 4(2), e0346-16.2017, 1-14. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2017). Rotational error in path integration: Encoding and execution errors in angle reproduction. Experimental Brain Research, 235, 1885-1897. [pdf]

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2016).  Which way and how far?  Tracking of translation and rotation information for human path integration. Human Brain Mapping, 37, 3636-3655. [pdf]

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2015). There and back again: Hippocampus and retrosplenial cortex track homing distance in human path integration. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(46), 15442-15452. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2015). Active and passive spatial learning in human navigation: Acquisition of graph knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 41(4), 1162-1178. [pdf]

Sherrill, K.R., Chrastil, E.R., Ross, R.S., Erdem, U.M., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2015). Functional connections between optic flow areas and navigationally responsive brain regions during goal-directed navigation. NeuroImage, 118, 386-396. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2014). From cognitive maps to cognitive graphs. PLOS ONE, 9(11), e112544. [pdf]

Connors, E.C., Chrastil, E.R., Sanchez, J., & Merebet, L.B. (2014).  Virtual environments for the transfer of navigation skills in the blind: A comparison of directed instruction vs. video game based learning approaches.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, Article 223, 1-13. [pdf]

Connors, E.C., Chrastil, E.R., Sanchez, J., & Merebet, L.B. (2014). Action video game play and transfer of navigation and spatial cognition skills in early blind adolescents.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, Article 133, 1-8. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2014). Is path integration based on an intrinsic metric or absolute distance? Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 76(1), 230-246. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2013). Active and passive spatial learning in human navigation: Acquisition of survey knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(5), 1520-1537. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R. (2013). Neural evidence supports a novel framework for spatial navigation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 208-227. [pdf]

Chrastil, E. R., & Warren, W. H. (2012). Active and passive contributions to spatial learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 1-23. [pdf]

Chrastil, E.R., Getz, W.M., Euler, H.A., & Starks, P.T. (2006). Paternity uncertainty overrides sex chromosome selection for preferential grandparenting. Evolution and Human Behavior, 27(3), 206-223. [pdf]

Yarkoni,T., Gray, J.R., Chrastil, E.R., Barch, D.M., Green, L., & Braver, T.S. (2005). Sustained neural activity associated with cognitive control during temporally extended decision making. Cognitive Brain Research, 23, 71-84. [pdf]

Manuscripts In Preparation

Chrastil, E. R., Nicora, G.L., & Huang, A. (in preparation). Vision and body-based cues make equal contributions to path integration in a novel homing task.

Cheng, Y., Hegarty, M., & Chrastil, E. R. (in preparation). Telling right from right: The influence of handedness in the mental rotation of hands.

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Aselcioglu, I., & Stern, C.E. (in preparation).  Gray matter volume corresponds to human navigational and video game abilities.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (in preparation). Testing the error-encoding model of path integration in a triangle completion task.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (in preparation). Testing model of path integration in a multi-segment homing task.

Invited Talks

UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, & Culture, Los Angeles CA (October 2018). “Spatial knowledge, the environment, and individual differences in navigation ability.”

UCSB Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, workshop on sensory navigation, Santa Barbara CA (August 2018). “Brain and behavior underlying human spatial navigation.”

US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick MA (August 2018). “Neurobiology of wayfinding and considerations of research on wayfinding in subterranean environments.”

Interdisciplinary Navigation Symposium (iNAV), Mont Tremblant QC Canada (June 2018). “Perceptual inputs and neural mechanisms of human path integration.”

UCLA, Southern California Learning & Memory Symposium, Los Angeles CA (May 2018). “Using spatial navigation to understand learning and memory.”

San Diego State University, Department of Geography colloquium, San Diego CA (March 2018). “Connecting neuroscience and virtual reality to understand human navigation.”

California Workshop on Evolutionary Social Sciences, San Luis Obispo CA (May 2017). “Spatial knowledge, the environment, and individual differences in navigation ability.”

Brown University, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences, Perception-Action seminar, Providence RI (April 2017). “Brain and behavior supporting spatial knowledge and individual differences in human navigation.”

Bowdoin College, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brunswick ME (December 2015). “Understanding space: Acquiring and using spatial knowledge in human navigation.”

Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston MA (April 2012). “What is the difference between active and passive navigation?”

Conference Presentations

Cheng, Y., Hegarty, M., & Chrastil, E.R. (Nov 2018) “Embodied experience of the ‘wrong’ hand, not world knowledge, supports the mental rotation of hands”, Poster, Psychonomic Society annual meeting.

Gunalp, P. Chrastil, E.R., & Hegarty, M. (Nov 2018) “Perspective taking is affected by perspective shift and pointing quadrant”, Poster, Psychonomic Society annual meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Goncalves, M., Moore, K., Stern, C.E., & Nyhus, E. (Nov 2018) “Theta oscillations during active and passive decision making for human spatial navigation”, Talk, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Cheng, Y., Hegarty, M., & Chrastil, E.R. (2018) “Performance discrepancy between left-handers and right-handers reveals multisensory integration in the mental rotation of hands”, Poster, Spatial Cognition.

Cheng, Y., Ling, S., Stern, C.E., Huang, A. & Chrastil, E.R. (2018) “Travel direction as a fundamental component of human navigation”, Poster, Interdisciplinary Navigation Symposium (iNAV).

Ericson, J.D., Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2018) “Evaluating a space syntax measure at high resolution”, Talk, Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting.

Chrastil, E.R. (2018) “Functional heterogeneity in human retrosplenial cortex”, Symposium talk, The UC Irvine International Conference on Learning and Memory.

Chrastil, E.R., Goncalves, M., Moore, K., Stern, C.E., & Nyhus, E. (2018) “Theta oscillations during active and passive decision making for navigation,” Poster, Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Nicora, G.L., Huang, A., & Shafer, C. (2017). "Is home special? Examining errors during path integration," Talk, Psychonomic Society annual meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Nicora, G.L., Davis, R., & Smith, J. (2017). "The influence of decision-making on spatial learning and memory: An individual differences approach," Poster, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Nicora, G.L. (2017). “Visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive contributions to path integration in a novel homing task,” Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Tobyne, S.M., Nauer, R.K., Chang, A.E., & Stern, C.E. (2016).  “Unravelling retrosplenial cortex: Converging evidence for functional parcellation from meta-analyses and the Human Connectome Project,” Talk, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R. Sherrill, K.R., & Stern, C.E. (2016). “Individual differences in spatial navigation: Behavior and brain structure,” Poster, Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Sherrill, K.R., Izen, S., & Stern, C.E. (2016). “Neural mechanisms of human path integration” Talk, Spatial Cognition.

Chrastil, E. R., Hasselmo, M.E., Stern, C.E., & Ling, S. (2016). “Signatures of egocentric location and speed processing in early visual cortex” Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E. R., Tobyne, S.M., Nauer, R.K., Chang, A.E., & Stern, C.E. (2016).  “The retrosplenial cortex: What does it do?”  Poster, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2015). "Which way and how far? Tracking translation and rotation information for human path integration," Poster, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2014). "Tracking location during complex path integration recruits hippocampus and retrosplenial cortex," Poster, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Sherrill, K.R., Chrastil, E.R., Aselcioglu, I., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2014). "Structural differences in hippocampal and entorhinal gray matter volume support individual differences in first-person navigational ability," Poster, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E. R., Sherrill, K.R., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2014). "Tracking location during complex path integration recruits retrosplenial cortex," Poster, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting.

Sherrill, K.R., Chrastil, E.R., Erdem, U.M., Brown, T.I., Ross, R.S., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2014). "Successful navigation in the absence or presence of an orienting landmark." Poster, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Sherrill, K.R., Aselcioglu, I., & Stern, C.E. (2014). “Structural differences in gray matter volume correspond to individual differences in spatial navigation ability.” Poster, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting.

Sherrill, K.R., Chrastil, E.R., Erdem, U.M., Brown, T.I., Ross, R.S., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2014). “Successful navigation in the absence or presence of an orienting landmark.” Poster, Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., Brown, T.I., Aselcioglu, I., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2013). "Brain mechanisms supporting heading direction in humans." Poster, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2012). "Contribution of attention to spatial learning for navigation." Poster, Psychonomic Society 53rd Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2012). "Contributions of attention and decision-making to spatial learning." Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2011). "What's the difference between active and passive spatial learning?" Poster, Psychonomic Society 52nd Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2011). "Spatial navigation: Why is active exploration better than passive exploration?" Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2010). "Estimating encoding and execution errors in path integration." Poster, Psychonomic Society 51st Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2010). "Active and passive components of spatial learning." Poster, Spatial Cognition.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2010). “Learning a new city: Active and passive components of spatial learning.” Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2009). “Navigation on parallel and perpendicular paths: Affine structure or response error?” Poster, Psychonomic Society 50th Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2009). “Testing models of path integration in a multisegment homing task.” Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2008). “Tests of alternative path integration models using a triangle completion task.” Poster, Psychonomic Society 49th Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2008). “Testing models of path integration in a triangle completion task.” Poster, Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting.

Chrastil, E.R., & Warren, W.H. (2007). “Can people determine parallel and perpendicular paths in active navigation?" Poster, Psychonomic Society 48th Annual Meeting.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship,
    Honorable Mention, 2008
  • Golden Key Honor Society, 2000
  • Washington University Freshman History Award, 1999
  • National Merit Scholar, 1998-2002

Teaching Experience

  • GEOG108, Urban Geography
    UCSB, instructor of record, Winter 2018, Fall 2018
  • GEOG288, Seminar in Spatial Cognition and Spatial Neuroscience
    UCSB, instructor of record, Spring 2017, Winter 2018
  • GEOG5, People, Place, and Environment
    UCSB, instructor of record, Winter 2017, Spring 2018
  • COGS0110 Perception, Illusion, and the Visual Arts
    Brown University, teaching assistant, Spring 2010
  • COGS0440 Perception and Mind
    Brown University, teaching assistant, Spring 2009
  • COGS0420 Human Cognition
    Brown University, teaching assistant, Spring 2008
  • COGS0500 Making Decisions
    Brown University, teaching assistant, Fall 2007
  • Sheridan Center for Teaching, Brown University
    • Teaching Certificate I: The Sheridan Teaching Seminar, November 2008
    • Teaching Certificate III: Professional Development, May 2010
    • Teaching Certificate IV: Teaching Consultant, May 2011

Professional Memberships

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping
  • Fellow of the Psychonomic Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) Spatial Network
  • Vision Sciences Society

Ad Hoc Journal Referee

ACM Transactions on Applied Perception; Acta Psychologica; Advances in Cognitive Psychology; Advances in Human-Computer Interaction; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Behavioral Brain Research; Behavioral Neuroscience; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; British Journal of Psychology; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences; Developmental Psychology; Environment & Behavior; Experimental Brain Research; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Frontiers in Neurology; Hippocampus; Human Brain Mapping; Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease; Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition; Journal of Cognitive Enhancement; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition; Journal of Motor Behavior; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Vision; Learning & Memory; Memory; Memory & Cognition; Nature Communications; Neuron; PLOS ONE; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Research in Developmental Disabilities; SAGE Open; Spatial Cognition and Computation