Associate Professor

Colin EllardBSc (Toronto), PhD (University of Western Ontario)

Contact information

Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments website

Colin Ellard's personal webpage

Research interests

I am interested in how the organization and appearance of natural and built spaces affects movement, wayfinding, emotion and physiology. My approach to these questions is strongly multidisciplinary and is informed by collaborations with architects, artists, planners, and health professionals. Current studies include investigations of the psychology of residential design, wayfinding at the urban scale, restorative effects of exposure to natural settings, and comparative studies of defensive responses. My research methods include both field investigations and studies of human behaviour in immersive virtual environments.

Funding sources:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments website

Selected publications

  • Ellard, C. G. (2009). Where Am I?: How we can get to the moon but get lost at the mall, HarperCollins: Toronto.
  • Ellard, C. G., Wagar L S (2008). Plasticity of the association between visual space and action space in a blind-walking task. Perception 37(7) 1044 – 1053
  • Ellard, C. G., Eller, M C (2008). Spatial cognition in the gerbil: Computing optimal escape routes from visual threats. Animal Cognition (Online First: October, 2008).
  • Ellard, C. G., R. D. Byers (2005). The influence of the behaviour of conspecifics on responses to threat in the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus), Animal Behaviour, 70(1), 49-58.
  • H.-J. Sun, J. L. Campos, M. Young, G. S. W. Chan & C. G. Ellard (2004). The contributions of nonvisual cues, static visual cues, and optic flow in distance estimation. Perception, 33(1), 49-65.
  • C. G. Ellard (2004). Visually guided locomotion in the gerbil: A comparison of open and closed loop control. Behavioural Brain Research, 149(1), 41-48.
  • C. G. Ellard & S. S. Shaughnessy (2003). A comparison of visual and non-visual sensory inputs to distance estimation in a blind walking task. Perception, 32(5), 567-578.
  • C. G. Ellard (2002). Evolutionary and intellectual antecedents of primate visual processing streams. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 25(1), 104-105.
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