Dr. Jennifer Sutton

Dr. Jennifer Sutton

Job Title:



 Full-Time Faculty




 519.432.8353 x28363


 Ursuline Hall 223

Academic Background

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

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.