Associate Professor

325 Weiss Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122



spatial cognition, geosciences education, structural geology, object and event perception


Dr Shipley’s research broadly focuses on spatial cognition and learning. He applies formal methods from his previous research on object and event perception to understand the perceptual and cognitive processes subserving navigation and visualization. His recent work perception and learning in spatial visualization is part of a project that aims to support undergraduate geology education with a longer term goal of understanding the cognitive processes that are critical for spatial reasoning and thus support STEM education in general for both K-12 and undergraduate students.

Selected Publications

  • Atit, K., Shipley, T.F., & Tikoff, B., (2013). Twisting space: Are rigid and non-rigid mental transformations separate spatial skills? Cognitive Processing, 14(2, May), 163-173.
  • Resnick, I. & Shipley, T.F., (2013). Breaking new ground in the mind: An initial study of mental brittle transformation and mental rigid rotation in science experts. Cognitive Processing, 14(2, May), 143-152.
  • Schinazi, V.R., Nardi, D. Newcombe, N.S., Shipley, T.F., & Epstein, R.A. (2013). Hippocampal size predicts learning of a cognitive map in humans. Hippocampus. 23(6, June): 515-528.
  • Holden, M., Newcombe, N., Shipley, T.F. (2013). Location Memory in the Real World: Category Adjustment Effects in 3-Dimensional Space. Cognition, 128 (July), 45-55.
  • Cromley, J.G., Bergey, B.W., Fitzhugh, S., Newcombe, N., Wills, T.W., Shipley, T.F., Tanaka, J.C., (2013). Effects of three diagram instruction methods on transfer of diagram comprehension skills: The critical role of inference while learning. Learning and Instruction, 26 (August), 45-58
  • Shipley, T., Tikoff, B., Manduca, C., Ormand, C. J. (2013). Structural Geology practice and learning, from the perspective of cognitive science. Journal of Structural Geology, 54 (August), 72-84