Julia Frankenstein

Dr. Julia Frankenstein

Julia Frankenstein joined the lab as a Post-Doc researcher in July 2016. After completing an apprenticeship and working as an occupational therapist, she studied Psychology in Chemnitz and Tübingen. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen in a group focusing on research on human spatial navigation. After her diploma in Psychology, she continued research on human spatial cognition at the Center for Cognitive Science at Freiburg University, and received her doctoral degree (D.Sc.) at ETH Zurich. Before joining the lab in Darmstadt, she did research on cognitive maps and spatial representations at Mannheim University.

Julia Frankenstein worked as a visiting researcher at Collége de France (LPPA, Alain Berthoz) and University of California Santa Barbara (Mary Hegarty, Dan Montello).

Research Interests

Her research focuses on how humans represent spatial relations, and use these representations for navigation- or why they get lost in the environment. What is a cognitive map, how it is formed, how is route knowledge related to it, and how are these representations combined to guide navigation? What is the role of navigation systems, background knowledge and culture? And how is locomotion planned and integrated in spaces of different sizes and properties?