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    Sessional Profiles

    Eric Legge
    • Sessional Lecturer
    • Area: Comparative Cognition and Behaviour
    • Office: BS-P343
    • Phone: 780-492-3822
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    • Weblinks: Homepage
    • Psyco 485 - Theory in Learning and Comparative Cognition
    Teaching Assistantships
    • Psyco 104 - Basic Psychological Processes
    • Psyco 385 - Applications of Learning
    • Psyco 403 - Recent Advances in Experimental Psychology: Models and Theories
    Research Interests
    • My research interests center around spatial cognition, navigation, and learning in human and non-human animals. Currently, my work is focused on how humans hide and search for objects, how animals integrate information from multiple sources of conflicting spatial information, as well as how desert ants navigate and orient themselves in environments with few salient features.
    Selected Publications
    • Legge, E. L. G., Spetch, M. L., Cenkner, A., Bulitko, V., Anderson, C., Brown, M., & Heth, D. (2012). Not all locations are created equal: Exploring how adults hide and search for objects. PLoS ONE, 7(5), e36993. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036993
    • Legge, E. L. G., Spetch, M. L., & Cheng, K. (2010). Not using the obvious: desert ants, Melophorus bagoti, learn local vectors but not beacons in an arena. Animal Cognition, 13, 849-860. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-010-0333-x
    • Legge, E. L., & Spetch, M. L. (2009). The differential outcomes effect (DOE) in spatial localization: An investigation with adults. Learning and Motivation, 40, 313-328. doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2009.03.002
    • Talbot, K., Legge, E. L., Bulitko, V., & Spetch, M. (2009). Hiding and searching strategies of adult humans in a virtual and a real-space room. Learning and Motivation, 40, 221-233. doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2009.01.003
    • Legge, E. L., Spetch, M. L., & Batty, E. R. (2009). Pigeons’ (Columba livia) hierarchical organization of local and global cues in touch screen tasks. Behavioral Processes, 80, 128-139. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2008.10.011
    Awards and Recognition
    • National Research and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (2010-2012)
    • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2010 & 2011)
    • Donald O. Hebb Award for Best Conference Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science (2011)
    • Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Graduate Scholarship (2009)
    • Certificate of Academic Excellence for an Exceptional Masters Thesis from the Canadian Psychological Association (2009)