Dr. Burte

Dr. Burte is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University.

My research program focuses on individual differences in spatial thinking and how those differences impact STEM learning. Within spatial thinking, I develop psychometric and self-report measures of spatial thinking. Using those measures, I research individual differences in perspective-taking, sense-of-direction, and strategy use when navigating in real-world environments. Within STEM learning, I collaborate with subject-matter experts to understand the role of spatial thinking in how college students learn physics, elementary students learn math, and college students learn algebra. I use User Experience (UX) methods to help my colleagues with iteratively developing learning interventions, such as the Augmented Reality (AR) classroom.

More information about the AR Classroom and our NSF RETTL grant can be found here: https://sites.google.com/tamu.edu/ar-classroom/home?authuser=1

Previously, I worked as a Research Scientist at the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. Before that, I completed a post-doctoral scholarship in the Spatial Cognition Lab at Tufts University.

I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Master’s in the Geography Department, both at the University of California-Santa Barbara. I got my start in spatial cognition while completing my Honors Thesis as part of my Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.

My Research Gate page is here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Heather_Burte

My Google Scholar page is here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=XtP74dcAAAAJ&hl=en