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Maryjane Wraga uses behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to study spatial cognition—n particular, how the human brain represents the locations of objects in the environment and how those representations are transformed during imagined movement. Her approach to these issues emphasizes the role of the individual.
Wraga is interested in how encoding the world with respect to the self facilitates understanding of one's spatial surroundings. Since arriving at Smith College, she also has begun looking at experiential factors affecting spatial cognition performance. This line of research examines the impact of situational pressures (such as positive and negative stereotype messages) on an individual's mental rotation performance.