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Olesya Blazhenkova

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E-Mail : olesyasabanciuniv.edu
Phone : 0216-483-3183
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Title : Faculty Member
Education :
2006 - 2008
PhD in Psychology, George Mason University, USA, Department of Psychology 

2002 - 2005
MA in Psychology, Rutgers University, USA, Department of Psychology 

1991 - 1996
BS & MS in Psychology, Moscow State University, Russia, Department of Psychology

Work Experience : 2010 - 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore

2008 - 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, George Mason University, USA

Areas of Interest : My research focuses on individual differences in visualization abilities and styles, from both theoretical and applied perspectives. It investigates the dissociation between different types of visualization among individuals of different ages and specializations. Specifically, I am interested in the differences between object visualization (representation and processing of the literal appearances of objects in terms of their pictorial properties such as shape, color, and texture) and spatial visualization (representation and processing of spatial relations, locations of objects in space, and spatial transformations). My research includes studies with children, college students and members of different professions that involve group, individual, quantitative and qualitative assessment.

RESEARCH AREA KEYWORDS: Visual-spatial cognition; Visual Imagery; Visualization abilities; Individual differences
Awards :
  • Best Presentation Prize - 6th International Conference on Design, Computing, and Cognition (DCC14)  2014
  • Daniel Lehrman Fellowship - Rutgers University  2002
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship - George Mason University  
Memberships : American Psychological Association Psychonomic Society Social Psychology Network International Association of Applied Psychology
Publications :
Article
Blazhenkova, Olesya and Kozhevnikov, Maria (2016) "Types of creativity and visualization in teams of different educational specialization", Creativity Research Journal, Vol.28, No.2, 123-135 (SSCI)
Blazhenkova, Olesya (2016) "Vividness of object and spatial imagery", Perceptual and Motor Skills, Vol.122, No.2, 490-508 (SSCI)
Kozhevnikov, Maria and Kozhevnikov, Michael and Yu, Chen Jiao and Blazhenkova, Olesya (2013) "Creativity, visualization abilities, and visual cognitive style", British Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol.83, No.2, 196-209 (SSCI)
Kozhevnikov, Maria and Schloerb, David W. and Blazhenkova, Olesya and Koo, Samuel and Karimbux, Nadeem and Donoff, R. Bruce and Salcedo, Jairo (2013) "Egocentric versus allocentric spatial ability in dentistry and haptic virtual reality training", Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol.27, No.3, 373-383 (SSCI)
Book Section / Chapter
Kozhevnikov, Maria and Blazhenkova, Olesya, "Individual differences in object versus spatial imagery: from neural correlates to real-world applications", Multisensory Imagery, Lacey, Simon and Lawson, Rebecca (eds.), New York: Springer Publishing Company 2013, 299-318
SU Öncesi Yayınları:

Blazhenkova, O. &  Kozhevnikov, M. (2011) "Intellectual Styles in Members of Different Professions". In Handbook of Intellectual Styles: Preferences in Cognition, Learning, and Thinking, ed. Li-Fang Zhang, Robert J. Sternberg, Stephen Rayner. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Blazhenkova, O., Kozhevnikov, M., & Becker, M. (2011). Object-Spatial Imagery and Verbal cognitive styles in children and adolescences. Learning and Individual Differences, 21 (3), 281-287.

Blazhenkova, O. & Kozhevnikov, M.  (2010). Visual-object ability: A new dimension of non-verbal intelligence. Cognition, 117 (3), 276-301.

Kozhevnikov, M., Blazhenkova, O., & Becker, M. (2010). Trade-off in Object versus Spatial Visualization Abilities: Restriction in the Development of Visual Processing Resources. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 29-35. 

Blazhenkova, O. & Kozhevnikov, M. (2009). The new object-spatial-verbal cognitive style model: Theory and measurement. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23 (5), 638-663. 

Kozhevnikov, M., Blazhenkova, O., Royan, J., & Gorbunov, A.  (2008). The Role of Immersivity in Three-Dimensional Mental Rotation.  Proceedings of the Third International Conference  on Design Computing and Cognition. Gero, John S., Goel, Ashok K. (Eds.), 738p. 

Blajenkova, O., Kozhevnikov, M., & Motes, M. A. (2006). Object-spatial imagery: A new self-report imagery questionnaire. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 239-263. 

Kozhevnikov, M., Motes, M., Rasch, B., & Blajenkova, O. (2006). Perspective-taking vs. mental rotation transformations and how they predict spatial navigation performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 397–417. 

Blajenkova, O., Motes, M., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2005). Individual differences in the representations of novel environments.  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25, 97-109.