img_5850-250x289Dr. Joseph Schmidt (Assistant Professor)

I received my Ph.D. in Experimental & Cognitive Psychology in 2012 from Stony Brook University.  After receiving my doctorate, I spent two years as a Post-doctorate Research Fellow at the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Mind and Brain.  After my Post-doctorate position, I spent over a year as a Research Support Specialist at SR Research.

My primary research interest focuses on the interaction of memory and attentional systems and how they affect our broader cognitive functions.  By simultaneously tracking eye movements and recording EEG/ERP we can measure both overt and covert shifts of attention which can then be related to the amount and intensity of memory representations. Much of my research focuses on how changes to a target representation held in memory affect our ability to later guide attention to that object in peripheral vision.  Given that memory and attentional processes are involved in most tasks, my research interests are quite broad.

In my free time, I spend time with my wife, 2 boys, and 7 (yikes!) pets.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Stephen Adamo

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2016 from Duke University under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Mitroff. During that time, I also studied abroad at Virje University and The George Washington University. I then spent two years at The George Washington University as a postdoctoral researcher under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Mitroff and Dr. Sarah Shomstein in the psychology department, and Dr. Rachel Brem in the radiology department.

My primary research interests center around the role attention and working memory play within visual search. In particular, I investigate how observers search for multiple targets at once and the ramifications this has for real-world searches such as those conducted by airport security officers and radiologists.

My hobbies include volleyball, going to the gym, camping, cooking, and swing dancing!

Graduate Students


I am a second year doctoral student in the Human Factors and Cognition program. I received my B.S. in Psychology at UCF. Currently, I am using behavioral and electrophysiological techniques to examine the relationship between category learning and search performance. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, and spending time with my Chinese Crested Powderpuff, Doeby.


Natalie Paquette

I am a first year doctoral student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology program. I received my M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at George Mason University and my B.S. in Psychology and minor in Cognitive Science at the University of Central Florida. I am researching the neural underpinnings of memory and attention to assess how they affect broader cognitive function. I hope to better define the neurological and cognitive changes that occur across the lifespan, explore their causes, and develop ways to promote healthy brain function. In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors, play with animals, or eat lots of snacks while catching up on movies.

Michael Miuccio

I am a first year PhD student in the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology program. I majored in Psychology at Rutgers University where I first became involved in research working in neuroscience labs. I am interested in studying and discovering ways to improve and sustain attention. In my spare time, I like to play piano, guitar, and bass.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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