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Chéla Willey - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Chéla Willey

Assistant Professor of Psychology | Psychological Science | Loyola Marymount University


Belleramine College of Liberal Arts


Chéla Willey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Loyola Marymount University. She received her B.A. in Psychology, and Criminology & Justice Studies in 2006 and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University San Marcos in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UCLA in 2018. Her main line of research focuses on perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that underlie bodily awareness, self-motion, and self-orientation with regards to physical and gravitational space. Her research utilizes a variety of methods to study these phenomena including psychophysics, perceptual learning paradigms, virtual reality, eye-tracking, and neuromodulation. She teaches a variety of courses at LMU including Brain and Behavior, Cognitive Neuroscience, General Psychology, and Research Methods.

Education (3)

University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles (UCLA): Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, 2018

California State University San Marcos, San Marcos (CSUSM): M.A., Experimental Psychology 2012

California State University San Marcos, San Marcos (CSUSM): B.A., Psychology, and Criminology & Justice Studies 2010

Areas of Expertise (5)

perceptual and motor learning

visual-vestibular integration and coordination

sensation and perception

multisensory perception

cognitive reflection and decision-making

Accomplishments (4)

NSF Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship (UCLA)


Competitive Edge: NSF Summer Transition Program to the Doctorate (UCLA)


Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA)

2012 - 2016

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Graduate Program (CSUSM)

2010 - 2012

Affiliations (4)

  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science : Member
  • Association of Psychological Science : Member
  • National Latina/o Psychological Association : Member
  • Vision Sciences Society : Member

Articles (2)

Reassessing the role of culture on the visual orientation perception of the rod and frame test

PLoS One

Under Review

Limited generalization with varied practice in short-term motor learning

Acta Psychologica


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