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 a year as a Research Support Specialist at SR Research (an eye tracking company).  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 aspects 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.  Lab website:



Smith, K.G., Schmidt, J., Henderson, J.M., & Fridriksson, J. (accepted). Task-Related Differences in Eye Movements in Individuals with Aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology

Bedwell, J.S., Spencer, C.C., Chan, C.C., Butler, P.D., Sehatpour, P., & Schmidt, J. (2018). The P1 visual-evoked potential, red light, and transdiagnostic psychiatric symptoms. Brain Research. 1687, 144-154. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.03.002 

Henderson, J. M., Choi, W., Luke, S. G., & Schmidt, J. (2018) Neural correlates of individual differences in fixation duration during natural reading. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(1), 314-323. doi:10.1080/17470218.2017.1329322

Klusek, J., Schmidt, J., Fairchild, A.J., Porter, A., & Roberts, J.E. (2017).  Altered Sensitivity to Social Gaze in the FMR1 Premutation and Pragmatic Language Competence. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 9(1), 31. doi:10.1186/s11689-017-9211-z

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

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