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Joe Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida.  He received his Ph.D. in Experimental & Cognitive Psychology in 2012 from Stony Brook University.  After receiving his doctorate, he spent two years as a Post-doctorate Research Fellow at the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Mind and Brain.  After his Post-doctorate position, he spent over a year as a Research Support Specialist at SR Research.  His 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 he can measure both overt and covert shifts of attention which can then be related to the amount and intensity of memory representations. Much of his research focuses on how changes to a target representation held in memory affect our ability to guide attention to a target object in the world around us.  Given that memory and attentional processes are involved in most tasks, his research interests are quite broad.  Additionally, some recent collaborations include investigating saccade-contingent change-blindness in video viewing, investigating oculomotor control and attentional processes in stroke patients who suffer from aphasia and alexia, relative to age-matched and college-aged controls, as well as investigating attentional processes in infants, children, adolescents, and adult mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or fragile-X disorder.  Lab website: (coming soon)

Klusek, J., Schmidt, J., Fairchild, A.J., Porter, A., & Roberts, J.E. (accepted).  Altered Sensitivity to Social Gaze in the FMR1 Premutation and Pragmatic Language Competence. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Henderson, J. M., Choi, W., Luke, S. G., & Schmidt, J. (accepted) Neural correlates of individual differences in fixation duration during natural reading. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Schmidt, J., & Zelinsky, G. J.  (2017) Adding details to an attentional template offsets search difficulty: Evidence from Contralateral Delay Activity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(3), 429-437 doi: 10.1037/xhp0000367

Ferri, J., Schmidt, J., Proudfit, G. H., & Canli, T. (2016) Emotion regulation and amygdala-precuneus connectivity: Focusing on attentional deployment. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16, 991–1002. doi: 10.3758/s13415-016-0447-y

Kardan, O., Berman, M. G., Yourganov, G., Schmidt, J., Henderson, J. M. (2015) Classifying Mental States From Eye Movements During Scene Viewing Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41(6), 1502-1514. doi: 10.1037/a0039673

Luke, S. G., Smith, T. J., Schmidt, J., & Henderson J. M. (2014) Dissociating temporal inhibition of return and saccadic momentum across multiple eye-movement tasks. Journal of Vision, 14(9). doi:10.1167/14.14.9

Alexander, R. G., Schmidt, J., & Zelinsky, G. J. (2014). Are summary statistics enough? Evidence for the importance of shape in guiding visual search. Visual Cognition, 22(3-4), 595-609. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2014.890989

Henderson, J. M., Olejarczyk, J., Luke, S. G., & Schmidt, J. (2014). Eye movement control during scene viewing: Immediate degradation and enhancement effects of spatial frequency filtering. Visual Cognition, 22(3-4), 486-502. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2014.897662

Schmidt, J., MacNamara, A., Proudfit, G. H., & Zelinsky, G. J. (2014). More target features in visual working memory leads to poorer search guidance: Evidence from contralateral delay activity. Journal of Vision, 14(3):8, 1–19., doi:10.1167/14.3.8.

Luke, S. G., Schmidt, J., & Henderson, J. M. (2013). Temporal Oculomotor Inhibition of Return and Spatial Facilitation of Return in a Visual Encoding Task. Frontiers in Psychology, 4. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00400

Henderson, J. M., Luke, S. G., Schmidt, J., & Richards, J. E. (2013). Co-registration of Eye Movements and Event-Related Potentials in Connected-Text Paragraph Reading. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 7. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2013.00028

Ferri, J., Schmidt, J., Hajcak, G., & Canli, T. (2013). Neural correlates of attentional deployment within unpleasant pictures. NeuroImage, 70(0), 268-277. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.12.030

Macnamara, A., Schmidt, J., Zelinsky, G. J., & Hajcak, G. (2012). Electrocortical and ocular indices of attention to fearful and neutral faces presented under high and low working memory load. Biol Psychol, 91(3), 349-356. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.08.005

Schmidt, J., & Zelinsky, G. J. (2011). Visual search guidance is best after a short delay. Vision Research, 51(6), 535-545. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2011.01.013

Schmidt, J., & Zelinsky, G. J. (2009). Search guidance is proportional to the categorical specificity of a target cue. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(10), 1904-1914. doi: 10.1080/17470210902853530

Zelinsky, G. J., & Schmidt, J. (2009). An effect of referential scene constraint on search implies scene segmentation. Visual Cognition, 17(6-7), 1004-1028. doi: 10.1080/13506280902764315

COS Welcomes 50 New Faculty

The College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida welcomes 50 new faculty members this fall.  In conjunction with the new faculty hiring campaign, approximatley 200 new faculty will begin at the... Read more

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