If you do leave your heart in San Francisco at this year's APA Annual Convention, at least bring back some expertise. On Thursday, Aug. 16, APA's Science Directorate will offer a one-day, pre-convention Advanced Training Institute (ATI) to introduce the fast-growing field of geo-coding and analysis of spatial information. Participants will learn about the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in psychological research from active investigators.
When possible, workshop presenters hope to match technology demos to the specific research interests that participants list on their registration forms.
Topics may include cognitive cartography; spatial analysis; spatial cognition; wayfinding and navigation; human/computer interface for GIS; spatial visualization; GIScience; and spatial tools for the visually impaired.
In the morning, workshop co-director Michael Goodchild, PhD, of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB geography department), will introduce GIS and relate its history. Workshop leader Reginald Golledge, PhD, a UCSB behavioral geographer, and workshop co-director Daniel Montello, PhD, a UCSB geographer and psychologist, will then join him to discuss the use of GIS in areas such as cognitive mapping, wayfinding behaviors, data mining and spatial analysis. In the afternoon, Montello and Stephen Hirtle, PhD, a University of Pittsburgh spatial information processing expert, will provide more examples from their own and others' research. All presenters will take part in a final panel discussion.
Registration for this special one-day ATI will stay open until all seats are filled. The fees are $50 for members and $150 for nonmembers, whether for faculty, postdoctoral or graduate students.