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National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

Office: AS4-03-41
Email: psymaria@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 66011190
Fax: (65) 67731843
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/psymaria/
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Maria Kozhevnikov is as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the National University of Singapore, Department of Psychology & Communication and New Media Programme. She is also holding an appointment as a Visiting Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital.  In addition, Maria is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Tufts University, where she is collaborating with the Center of Science and Math Teaching  on the development of science learning materials and curricula.

Maria's research focuses on examining neural mechanisms of visual imagery as well as in exploring the ways to train visualization abilities. In particular, she examines how individual differences in visualization ability affect more complex activities, such as spatial navigation, learning and problem solving in mathematics, science and art. In addition, she explores ways to train mental imagery skills and design three-dimensional immersive virtual environments that can accommodate individual differences and learning styles. Maria received her PhD from Technion (Israel) jointly with UC Santa Barbara. Since 2001, she held faculty positions at Rutgers and George Mason Universities. During 2005-2007, she has served as a Program Director for the Science of Learning Centers Program at the US National Science Foundation, where she managed awards for large-scale Centers that study learning across multiple disciplines.

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Teaching has been always one of the central elements related to my research interests throughout my academic career. In addition to teaching conventional cognitive psychology and human-computer interaction courses, I have also developed several technology-aided courses and laboratories, including 3D interactive simulations for virtual-reality environments.

My teaching career has started at Harvard University in 2001, where I worked as a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education and developed to new graduate courses: "Technology in Science Education" and "Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning". I received the McCoy Technology Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the development of learning materials for these courses.  In 2002, when I became an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Rutgers University (NJ), I received a Career Award from the US National Science Foundation for the use of visualization tools in learning sciences. One of the main foals of the project (teaching component) was to develop a new undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) curriculum with a focus on innovative 3D visualization technologies. As a part of my Career Award, I developed a new introductory course (based on virtual-reality modules) on Human-Computer Interaction. At the moment, I continue to work on developing novel HCI and Human Performance courses through the integration of 3D computer simulations into the learning curriculum.

For more information on the courses previously taught, please see the following link: Teaching

At NUS, during Semester 1, 2010, I will be teaching Human Performance, Cognition (Psychology) and co-teaching research Methods (CNM). 

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