Dr Olivier De Condappa

Job: Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6583

E: olivier.decondappa@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr de Condappa's research investigates the spatial processes underlying the selection and use of different wayfinding strategies across the adult lifespan. Specifically, Olivier is interested in the use of landmark-based allocentric and egocentric strategies for different navigation tasks, and the effects of aging on strategy selection. In addition, Olivier's research examines the selection and use of environmental cues (i.e. landmarks) to support the acquisition and use of spatial knowledge.

Dr de Condappa's research focus also includes the effects of aging on strategy repertoires, task switching and alternation costs. Finally, Olivier is interested in navigation-related oculometrics, particularly gaze behaviour and task-related variations in pupil size (i.e. pupil dilation).

Key research outputs

  • de Condappa, O., & Wiener, J. M. (2016). Human place and response learning: Navigation strategy selection, pupil size and gaze behavior. Psychological Research, 80(1), 82-93.
  • Lisofsky, N., Wiener, J. M., de Condappa, O., Gallinat, J., Lindenberger, U., & Kühn, S. (2016). Differences in navigation performance and postpartal striatal volume associated with pregnancy in humans. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 134, 400-407.
  • Wiener, J. M., de Condappa, O., Harris, M. A., & Wolbers, T. (2013). Maladaptive bias for extrahippocampal navigation strategies in aging humans. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(14), 6012-6017.
  • Wiener, J. M., Kmecova, H., & de Condappa, O. (2012). Route repetition and route retracing: effects of cognitive aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4(7).
  • Kita, S., de Condappa, O., & Mohr, C. (2007). Metaphor explanation attenuates the right-hand preference for depictive co-speech gestures that imitate actions. Brain and Language, 101(3), 185 – 197.

Research interests/expertise

  • Wayfinding
  • Navigation
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Spatial Learning
  • Environmental landmarks
  • Aging
  • Oculomotor Behaviour
  • Task switching
  • Switching Costs


  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD

Courses taught

  • Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Further Research Methods for Psychologists
  • Cognitive Psychology