The Catholic University of America

Professor of Psychology and Department Chair            

   Marc M. Sebrechts

Professor of Psychology and Department Chair


website: Cognition and Virtual Reality Lab (CVRL)

306 O'Boyle 202-319-5757 Fax: 202-319-6263

I have a broad range of interests in Cognitive Science. My research examines the use of technology in learning, both as a means of understanding how we learn, and as a method for improving on existing approaches. My research broadly covers visualization and virtual reality as they apply to understanding and navigating through space. My current areas of research include visual search processes, spatial aspects of survival processing, planning and complex prospective memory in virtual environments, virtual learning of spatial relations, intolerance of uncertainty and working memory, video games and executive function.



Ph.D. (1980) Cognitive Psychology, Yale University

B.S. (1973) summa cum laude, Psychology, Georgetown University

Selected Publications


Sebrechts, M.M., Lathan, C., Clawson, D.M., Miller, M.S., & Trepagnier, C. (2003). Transfer of training in virtual environments: Issues for human performance. In L.J. Hettinger & M. Haas (Eds.). Virtual and Adaptive Environments: Applications, Implications, and Human Performance Issues. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (pp. 67-90).

Sebrechts, M.M. (2005) Visualizing Information in Virtual Space: Prospects and Pitfalls In S.-O. Tergan and T. Keller (Eds). Knowledge and Information Visualization: Searching for Synergies. LNCS 3426 (pp. 136-166). Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Trepagnier, C.Y., Sebrechts, M.M., Finkelmeyer, A., Coleman, M., Stewart, Jr., W., Werner-Adler, M. (2005). Virtual Environments to Address Autistic Social Deficits. Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine: A Decade of VR, 3, 101-108.

Skinner, A., Sebrechts, M.M., Fidopiastis, C., Berka, C., Vice, J., & Lathan, C. (2009). Physiological Measures of Virtual Environment Training, In Human Performance Enhancement in High Risk Environments: Insights, Developments & Future Directions from Military Research. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.



Recent Courses

Psychology 451: Senior Seminar

Psychology 536: Human-Computer Interaction

Psychology 446: Cognitive Disabilities