Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Sutton

Jennifer SuttonPsychology Coordinator, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Psychology 
Office: UH 327
Email: jsutton7@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28120

Academic Background

  • B.A. University of Kentucky
  • M.A. Western University
  • Ph.D. Western University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Concurrent appointments:

  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Western University
  • Associate Member, Brain and Mind Institute, Western University
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

Research and Scholarly Interests

My research program focuses on how people perform spatial navigation. My students and I use a variety of techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioural testing with virtual environments to understand how people orient and travel in the world. Our work is currently funded by NSERC.


  • Psychology 2135A/B (Introduction to Cognition)
  • Psychology 3800F/G (Psychological Statistics Using Computers)
  • Psychology 2856G (Research Methods in Psychology 2)
  • Psychology 4842e (Psychology Honours Thesis)

Representative Publications

  • Youngson, N., Vollebregt, M., & Sutton, J. E. (in press). Individual differences in cognitive map accuracy: Investigating the role of landmark familiarity. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Keller, M., & Sutton, J. E. (2018). Flight experience and mental representations of space. International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 28(3-4), 76-83, doi: 10.1080/24721840.2018.1544462
  • Sutton, J. E., & Newcombe, N. S. (2014). The hippocampus is not a geometric module: Processing environment geometry during reorientation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 596. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00596
  • Sutton, J. E., Buset, M., & Keller, M. (2014). Navigation experience and mental representations of the environment: Do pilots build better cognitive maps? PLoS ONE, 9(3): e90058. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090058
  • Sutton, J. E., Twyman, A. D., Joanisse, M. F., & Newcombe, N. S. (2012). Geometry three ways: An fMRI investigation of geometric information processing during reorientation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 38, 1530-1541.
  • Sutton, J.E., Joanisse, M.F., & Newcombe, N.S. (2010). Spinning in the scanner: Neural correlates of virtual reorientation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 1097–1107.
  • Sutton, J.E. (2009). What is geometric information and how do animals use it? Behavioural Processes, 80 , 339–343.
  • Sutton, J.E., & Shettleworth, S.J. (2008). Memory without awareness: Pigeons do not show metamemory in delayed matching-to-sample. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 34, 266–282.
  • Sutton, J.E. (2006). The development of landmark and beacon use in young children: Evidence from a touchscreen search task. Developmental Science, 9, 108–123.
  • Shettleworth, S.J. & Sutton, J.E. (2006). Do animals know what they know? Susan Hurley & Matthew Nudds (Eds.) Rational Animals. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Sutton, J.E. & Shettleworth, S.J. (2005). Internal sense of direction and landmark use in pigeons. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 119, 273–284.
  • Sutton, J.E. (2002). Multiple landmark piloting in pigeons (Columbia livia): Landmark configuration as a discriminative cue. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 116, 391–403.
  • Sutton, J.E. Olthof, A., & Roberts, W. A. (2000). Landmark use by squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus). Animal Learning & Behavior, 28, 28–42.