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Dr Victor Schinazi

Associate Professor

Level 3, Building 1a, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Faculty of Society & Design

Accepting PhD Students

Professional biography

Victor R. Schinazi is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bond University and Principal Investigator of the Early Detection of Health Risks and Prevention module in the Future Health Technologies programme in Singapore. Prior to joining Bond University, Victor was a Senior Lecturer at the Chair of Cognitive Science and the GeoGazeLab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich). He also served as co-​PI for the Cognition, Perception and Behaviour in Urban Environments project at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Victor has published high impact articles and book chapters in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, geography and computer science. He also has a history of successful grant writing that cover a wide variety of topics (e.g., crowd navigation, office stress, health and environment). His most recent grant leverages advances in virtual reality and gaming technology to develop a battery of tests that will expose the link between cognitive decline and deficits in locomotion and wayfinding.

Research interests

Victor is an urban planner by training and holds a PhD in geography from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA, UCL). Between 2009-​2012, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Pennsylvania) and served as Chief Science Officer for Strategic Spatial Solutions, Inc. Victor is a native of Canada and Brazil and is fluent in five languages. Victor’s research combines real world and laboratory experiments to investigate various topics in spatial cognition, environmental health and ageing. He is particularly interested in understanding individual differences in navigation and the extent to which locomotion and wayfinding depend on amodal spatial representations. Much of his research relies on the development of immersive virtual environments that can mimic real-​world situations. This work has resulted in a series of collaborations with other scholars in computer science, public health, landscape architecture, education and the digital humanities.

Research interests

- Spatial cognition - Navigation - Virtual / Augmented reality - Architecture - Evidence-based design - Urban health - Ageing

Teaching expertise

Research Interests: 

  • Spatial cognition
  • Navigation
  • Virtual / Augmented reality
  • Architecture
  • Evidence-based design
  • Urban health
  • Ageing

Professional admissions

  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP)
  • Psychonomic Society
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)


  • Cognitive Neuroscience, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Award Date: 1 Jun 2011
  • Geogragraphy, Ph.D., University College London, Award Date: 1 Jun 2008
  • Urban Planning / Sociology, B.A. (Hons), Concordia University, Award Date: 1 Jun 2002

Fields of Research

  • Applied and developmental psychology

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