Margaret R. Tarampi

Assistant Professor of Psychology


College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.5148 E 203-I Spatial Cognition and Physical Environments (SCaPE) Laboratory

PhD, University of Utah

MS, University of Utah

BArch, Carnegie Mellon University

Margaret R. Tarampi, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Hartford. Her Spatial Cognition and Physical Environments (SCaPE) Laboratory investigates the cognitive mechanisms that underlie space perception and spatial cognition in select populations including visually impaired individuals and spatial experts such as dancers and architects. Other research interests include spatial thinking, perception and action, perspective taking, crowd dynamics, joint action, and kinesthetic imagery.

Tarampi received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests in the effect of architecture on quality of life then brought her to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Headquarters in Washington DC and then to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla CA. Tarampi received her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Cognition and Neural Science from University of Utah. Following her graduate training, she was a Junior Research Fellow in the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and a Research Associate in the Center for Spatial Studies both at University of California Santa Barbara. She is also an accomplished visual artist whose work has been displayed in exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Tarampi currently serves on the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Research Task Force, the Advisory Council of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, and the Connecticut Green Building Council Health and Well Being Committee.