Ian Ruginski

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Zurich


Hello there! My name is Ian Ruginski, and welcome to my small piece of the digital frontier. I am a cognitive scientist interested in applied spatial cognition research. I am currently working under Dr. Sara Irina Fabrikant on the GeoViSense Project as a part of the Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group and Digital Society Initiative at the University of Zürich.

Trained as a cognitive scientist, I use interdisciplinary approaches from psychology, anthropology, statistics, computer science, and geography to study visual processing, spatial cognition, and navigation. From an applied perspective, my research investigates interactions between users and technologies with the goal of better designing computer systems for user interactivity.


  • Spatial cognition
  • Navigation
  • Data visualization
  • Human-computer interaction


  • PhD in Psychology, Cognition & Neural Science, 2018

    University of Utah

  • M.S. in Psychology, 2015

    University of Utah

  • B.A. in Cognitive Science & Religious Studies, 2013

    Vassar College


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GPS use negatively affects environmental learning through spatial transformation abilities

Research has established that GPS use negatively affects environmental learning and navigation in laboratory studies. Furthermore, the …

Anxiety Influences the Perceptual-Motor Calibration of Visually Guided Braking to Avoid Collisions

We investigated whether anxiety influences perceptual-motor calibration in a braking to avoid a collision task. Participants performed …

State Anxiety Influences Sex Differences in Spatial Learning

Past research shows consistent sex differences in survey-based spatial knowledge and wayfinding strategy. State anxiety may help to …

Uncertainty Visualization by Representative Sampling from Prediction Ensembles

Data ensembles are often used to infer statistics to be used for a summary display of an uncertain prediction. In a spatial context, …


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