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Eric Legge

  • MSc, BA (Honors)
  • Graduate Student (PhD Candidate)
  • University of Alberta
  • 6PublicationsNumber of items in Eric's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 12Followers

Research interests

Spatial navigation and orientation in animals; spatial localization; Hiding and searching behaviour; local and global cue processing; landmark use; geometry; the differential outcomes effect; pigeons; desert ants; human adults; chickadees; rats

About

I am in my second year of my PhD program under Dr. Spetch at the University of Alberta. I completed my MSc at the University of Alberta with Dr. Spetch in 2008 and earned my BA (Honors) from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2005. My general research interests include spatial cognition, navigation and learning in humans and animals. I have worked with many species, including pigeons, penguins, rats, cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, desert ants and humans. Currently, I am working on several lines of research. For example, I am investigating navigation, landmark use and cue competition in Australian Desert ants (Melophorous Bagoti) with Dr. Ken Cheng of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I am also working on the spatial processes involved in human hiding and searching behavior in both real-space and virtual environments. With this project, I am also collaborating with Dr. Vadim Bulitko from the department of Computing Science on applications of human hiding and searching research for artificial intelligence. Furthermore, I am conducting a number of studies on the processes involved in pigeon navigation, learning and localization, one of which is a collaboration with Dr. Elliot Ludvig. I also investigate how mnemonic strategies influence the structure of verbal memory in collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Caplan. Finally, I run an interdepartmental reading group, the Animal Learning, Memory and Behaviour Reading Group , which has members from Computing Science, Neuroscience and Psychology. Publications of my research can be found in Papers.

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Recent publications

  • Not all locations are created equal: exploring how adults hide and search for objects.

    • Legge E
    • Spetch M
    • Cenkner A
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  • Not using the obvious: desert ants, Melophorus bagoti, learn local vectors but not beacons in an arena.

    • Legge E
    • Spetch M
    • Cheng K
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Professional experience

Graduate Student (PhD Candidate)

University of Alberta

September 2005 - Present

Education

PhD: Psychology

University of Alberta

October 2008 - Present

MS:c Psychology

University of Alberta

September 2005 - October 2008(3 years)

BA (Honors, 1st Class): Psychology

Memorial University of Newfoundland

September 2001 - April 2005(4 years)