2006 - 2008, PhD in Psychology, George Mason University, USA
2002 - 2005, MA in Psychology, Rutgers University, USA
1991 - 1996, BS & MS in Psychology, Moscow State University, Russia
Areas of Interest
My research focuses on individual differences in visualization abilities and styles, from both theoretical and applied perspectives. It investigates the dissociation between different types of visualization among individuals of different ages and specializations. Specifically, I am interested in the differences between object visualization (representation and processing of the literal appearances of objects in terms of their pictorial properties such as shape, color, and texture) and spatial visualization (representation and processing of spatial relations, locations of objects in space, and spatial transformations). My research includes studies with children, college students and members of different professions that involve group, individual, quantitative and qualitative assessment.
RESEARCH AREA KEYWORDS: Visual-spatial cognition; Visual Imagery; Visualization abilities; Individual differences; Imagery Development; Boundary Extension.
American Psychological Association
Bağcı, Çiğdem and Blazhenkova, Olesya (2020) "Unjudge someone: human library as a tool to reduce prejudice toward stigmatized group members", Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Vol.42, No.6, 413-431 (SSCI)
Blazhenkova, Olesya and Döğerlioğlu Demir, Kıvılcım (2020) "The shape of the pill: perceived effects, evoked bodily sensations and emotions", PLoS One, Vol.15, No.9 (SCI)
Blazhenkova, Olesya and Kozhevnikov, Maria (2020) "Creative processes during a collaborative drawing task in teams of different specializations", Creative Education, Vol.11, No.9, 1751-1775 (NA)
Blazhenkova, Olesya and Kozhevnikov, Maria (2016) "Types of creativity and visualization in teams of different educational specialization", Creativity Research Journal, Vol.28, No.2, 123-135 (SSCI)
Blazhenkova, Olesya (2016) "Vividness of object and spatial imagery", Perceptual and Motor Skills, Vol.122, No.2, 490-508 (SSCI)
Kozhevnikov, Maria and Kozhevnikov, Michael and Yu, Chen Jiao and Blazhenkova, Olesya (2013) "Creativity, visualization abilities, and visual cognitive style", British Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol.83, No.2, 196-209 (SSCI)
Kozhevnikov, Maria and Schloerb, David W. and Blazhenkova, Olesya and Koo, Samuel and Karimbux, Nadeem and Donoff, R. Bruce and Salcedo, Jairo (2013) "Egocentric versus allocentric spatial ability in dentistry and haptic virtual reality training", Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol.27, No.3, 373-383 (SSCI)
Book Section / Chapter
Kozhevnikov, Maria and Blazhenkova, Olesya, "Individual differences in object versus spatial imagery: from neural correlates to real-world applications", Multisensory Imagery, Lacey, Simon and Lawson, Rebecca (eds.), New York: Springer Publishing Company 2013, 299-318
Publications Prior to SU
Blazhenkova, O. & Kozhevnikov, M. (2011) "Intellectual Styles in Members of Different Professions". In Handbook of Intellectual Styles: Preferences in Cognition, Learning, and Thinking, ed. Li-Fang Zhang, Robert J. Sternberg, Stephen Rayner. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Blazhenkova, O., Kozhevnikov, M., & Becker, M. (2011). Object-Spatial Imagery and Verbal cognitive styles in children and adolescences. Learning and Individual Differences, 21 (3), 281-287.
Blazhenkova, O. & Kozhevnikov, M. (2010). Visual-object ability: A new dimension of non-verbal intelligence. Cognition, 117 (3), 276-301.
Kozhevnikov, M., Blazhenkova, O., & Becker, M. (2010). Trade-off in Object versus Spatial Visualization Abilities: Restriction in the Development of Visual Processing Resources. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 29-35.
Blazhenkova, O. & Kozhevnikov, M. (2009). The new object-spatial-verbal cognitive style model: Theory and measurement. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23 (5), 638-663.
Kozhevnikov, M., Blazhenkova, O., Royan, J., & Gorbunov, A. (2008). The Role of Immersivity in Three-Dimensional Mental Rotation. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition. Gero, John S., Goel, Ashok K. (Eds.), 738p.
Blajenkova, O., Kozhevnikov, M., & Motes, M. A. (2006). Object-spatial imagery: A new self-report imagery questionnaire. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 239-263.
Kozhevnikov, M., Motes, M., Rasch, B., & Blajenkova, O. (2006). Perspective-taking vs. mental rotation transformations and how they predict spatial navigation performance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 397–417.
Blajenkova, O., Motes, M., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2005). Individual differences in the representations of novel environments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25, 97-109.