Assistant Professor, Psychology
6-323E, City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-497-5044
Dr. Legge joined the Department of Psychology at MacEwan University in 2016, having completed his PhD and MSc at the University of Alberta, and BA (Honours) at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Dr. Legge’s main area of research can be broadly defined as the comparative study of learning, behaviour and memory. Specifically, Dr. Legge’s research focuses on the study of spatial cognition, navigation and goal localization. To this end, Dr. Legge has investigated a wide range of topics such as: how adult humans hide and search for objects in real and virtual environments, the methods by which desert ants locate their nest after travelling thousands of times their own body length in search of food, how imagined navigation facilitates enhanced memory in the Method of Loci mnemonic strategy and how both human and non-human animals cope with situations where spatial cues like landmarks indicate contradictory locations for a goal.
A secondary research interest is the study of companion animal behaviour, training, therapy and welfare. More specifically, Dr. Legge is interested in studying topics such as: the development and treatment of learned abnormal or problem behaviour in companion animals, investigating and improving the techniques commonly used to train companion animals, the ethical use of companion animals for service and therapeutic use, as well as how our bond with animals may improve both animal and human well being.
Available to supervise senior students' independent study.
Teaching and Research Interests
Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers
Legge, E. L., Madan, C. R., Spetch, M. L., & Ludvig, E. A. (2016). Multiple cue use and integration in pigeons (columba livia). Animal Cognition, 19(3), 581-591. doi: 10.1007/s10071-016-0963-8
Legge, E. L., Wystrach, A., Spetch, M. L., & Cheng, K. (2014). Combining sky and earth: Desert ants (melophorus bagoti) show weighted integration of celestial and terrestrial cues. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217(23), 4159-4166. doi: 10.1242/jeb.107862
Legge, E. L., Madan, C. R., Ng, E. T., & Caplan, J. B. (2012). Building a memory palace in minutes: Equivalent memory performance using virtual versus conventional environments with the Method of Loci. Acta Psychologica, 141(3), 380-390. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.09.002
Legge, E. L., Spetch, M. L., Cenkner, A., Bulitko, V., Anderson, C., Brown, M., & Heth, D. (2012). Not all locations are created equal: Exploring how adults hide and search for objects. PloS One, 7(5), e36993. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036993
Legge, E. L., & Spetch, M. L. (2009). The differential outcomes effect (DOE) in spatial localization: An investigation with adults. Learning and Motivation, 40(3), 313-328. doi: 10.1016/j.lmot.2009.03.002