Read about SILC research and researchers in the press, as well as noteworthy accomplishments.
SILC Press for 2014
♦ Auer, Kaylen (June 4, 2014). RIC professor’s research advances STEM education. PBN.com-Providence Business News. This article features SILC's initiative on Sketching and STEM research. Benjamin Jee (SILC Alumni Member) is featured in the article; Kenneth D. Forbus (SILC Faculty) is the point of contact for our Initiative: Tools: Sketching. Retrieved June 16, 2014.Further Press:
- (June 5, 2014) STEMDaily (online email). The PBN.com article/link is listed. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
♦ The George A. Miller Award for Division 1 (The Society for General Psychology) of the American Psychological Association has been conferred on the article: The Malleability of Spatial Skills: A Meta-Analysis of Training Studies. Several SILC Members and one Spatial Network Member were authors on this article, including: David H. Uttal (SILC Faculty), Nathaniel G. Meadow (SILC Alumni), Elizabeth Tipton (Spatial Network), Linda L. Hand (SILC Alumni), and Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI). The citation of the article is on our Publications page and in our Bibliography Database:
Uttal, D. H., Meadow, N. G., Tipton, E., Hand, L. L., Alden, A., Warren, C., & Newcombe, N. S. (2013). The malleability of spatial skills: A meta-analysis of training studies. Psychological Bulletin, 139(2), 352-402. [DOI]
SILC Press for 2013
♦ Two of our SILC Faculty Members: Bob Kolvoord and David H. Uttal and two of our Spatial Network Members: Sarah Bednarz and Phil Gersmehl contributed to a book written by fellow Spatial Network Member, Diana Sinton. The People's Guide to Spatial Thinking is now available from the National Council for Geographic Education.
♦ Flam, F. (November 15, 2013). Lost in space: Is it possible to reprogram your spatial intelligence? Newsworks-The Pulse (on-linei). Radio article featuring Nora S. Newcombe (SILC PI) and Kristin Gagnier (SILC Postdoc). Also listed on our Talks & Interviews page. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
♦ Nora S. Newcombe, SILC PI, has received the 2014 Association for Psychological Science (APS) William James Fellow Award in recognition of her lifetime achievement in advancing the field of cognitive science. She will deliver her award address at the 26th APS Annual Convention next year. See the APS article: (November 6, 2013). Newcombe to Discuss Integrative Approach to Cognitive Science in Convention Speech. Observations. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
SILC Press for 2012
♦ Clifford, Stephanie (December 3, 2012). More Dads Buy the Toys, So Barbie, and Stores, Get Makeovers. Susan Levine (Co-PI) and SILC-funded research is mentioned in this article. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
♦ Fischer, Kim (July 31, 2012). Spatial skills may be improved through training, new review finds. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
♦ SILC's research helped inform Providence Children's Museum's new exhibit: ThinkSpace. See their blog about the exhibit: http://providencechildrensmuseum.blogspot.com/search/label/ThinkSpace. Retrieved December 6, 2012. Our PI, Nora Newcombe, and our SILC website are referenced at the bottom of one of their blog articles here. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
SILC Press for 2011
♦ Press coverage for SILC generated research on: Children’s spatial thinking: Does talk about the spatial world matter? by Shannon M. Pruden, Susan C. Levine (Co-PI) and Janellen Huttenlocher. [DOI]. Retrieved March 28, 2012:
- Using words like big and small teaches infants spatial skills (The Telegraph)
- Study: Early spatial term use important (UPI.com)
- Talking About Size, Shape May Aid Math Skills (US News and World Report)
- Study: Early spatial term use important (dalje.com)
- Talking About Size, Shape May Aid Math Skills (DoctorsLounge)
SILC Press for 2010
♦ Press coverage for the SILC-generated research on the article: Carlson, L. A., Hölscher, C., Shipley, T. F. and Dalton, R. C. (2010). Getting Lost in Buildings. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(5), 284-289. [doi: 10.1177/0963721410383243] (Retrieved: September 1, 2011):
SILC Press for 2009
♦ Advertisement approved by the IRB (Posting Date: November 18, 2009):
Want to help scientists help you? Researchers at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) are gathering a corpus of sketches using CogSketch. CogSketch is the sketch understanding software that we are creating, which is available for free from our web site. It has two purposes. First, we are using it to explore how people reason and learn. Second, we are exploring how to incorporate sketching into education, to improve student learning. By gathering people’s sketches, scientists will be able to do analyses that will help them with both of these missions. If you want to participate, all you have to do is download CogSketch, and indicate your acceptance when you install the software. (If you change your mind, there is a “Phone Home” setting in the software preferences.)
SILC Press for 2008
♦ Portal of Science and Technology: Dong Nai: Science News (Posting Date:?). Baby boys may show spatial supremacy: Male superiority on mental rotation tasks may develop within a few months after birth. This article quotes both Susan Levine (Co-PI) and Nora Newcombe (PI).
Retrieved December 18, 2008 from:
SILC Press for 2007
♦ (Published April 12, 2007). How do humans process information? [Electronic version]. Northwestern University Observer Online. Retrieved April 19, 2007 from http://www.northwestern.edu/observer/issues/2007/04/12/spatial.html