News

March 10, 2020. New Interdisciplinary Grant:
James Brockmole, GA Radvansky (Psychology), and Robin Jensen (Theology) have been awarded a $230,620 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to support an 18-month project entitled "Understanding the Enduring Impact of Encounters with Sacred Art on Individual Spiritual Reality."  This project focuses on the ways in which people extract meaning from works of art.  The main objective is to use the theories and methodologies of visual and event cognition to study the immediate and enduring elements of one’s encounters with works of sacred art. We aim to discover how participants look at and then remember art, and how these processes are impacted by an individual’s circumstances and attitudes as well as the artwork’s immediate context or broader environment. Joseph Becherer (Snite Museum), Erika Doss (American Studies), and Maria Tomasula (Art, Art History, and Design) are consultants on the project.


March 9, 2020. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Clement, A., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Updating perception and action across real-world viewpoint changes. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


February 28, 2020. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Faber, M., Krasich, K., Bixler, R. E., Brockmole, J. R., & D'Mello, S. K. (in press). The eye-mind wandering link: Identifying Gaze indices of mind wandering across tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.


February 18, 2020. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Huffman, G., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Attentional selection is biased towards controllable stimuli.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


October 27, 2019. New Job Placement:
Post-Doctoral Fellow Greg Huffman has accepted a new position as Research Scientist at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA.


July 18, 2019. James Brockmole Named Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Brockmole has been named incoming Editor-in-Chief of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.  His term begins January 1, 2020.  He hopes labs everywhere are preparing to send their best work to the journal after the new year.  


July 1, 2019. Welcome New Graduate Students:

The Visual Cognition Lab is pleased to welcome two new graduate students.  Adam Goldstein comes from Carly Leonard's lab at UC-Denver and Sean Dageford comes from Mike Dodd's lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Welcome to the VCL team!


May 28, 2019. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Stothart, C., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). “Satisfaction” in Search: Individuals’ Own Search Expectations Predict Their Errors in Multiple-Target Search.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


May 19, 2019.  Commencement Weekend:
Congratulations to undergraduate research assistants Joanne Kim, Claire Kuehn, Angela Lim, Erin Sullivan and to Ph.D. student Kristina Krasich who all graduated from Notre Dame this weekend.  


March 27, 2019. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Clement, A., O'Donnell, R. E.,  & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). The Functional Arrangement of Objects Bias Gaze Direction.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.


March 21, 2019. Successful Doctoral Defense:
Graduate Student Kristina Krasich has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Effects of Mind Wandering on Gaze Control".  Congratulations Dr. Krasich!


March 9, 2019. New Post-Doc Placement:
Graduate student Kristina Krasich has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience where she will be mentored by Prof. Felipe De Brigard.


March 2, 2019. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Davoli, C. C., O'Rear, C. D., McAulay, E., McNeil, N. M., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Hand position affects performance on multiplication tasks.  Journal of Numerical Cognition.


February 4, 2019. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Hutt, S., Krasich, K., Mills, C., Bosch, N., White, S., Brockmole, J. R., D'Mello, S. K. (in press). Automated gaze-based mind wandering detection during computerized learning in classrooms.  User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction.


September 4, 2018. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant Awarded:
Senior thesis student, Joanne Kim, a dual Neuroscience & Behavior and Music major, has received an $1,800 grant from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts to support her project entitled "The Influence of Music on Gaze Control."


July 26, 2018. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Krasich, K., Biggs, A. T., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press).  Attention capture during visual search: The consequences of distractor appeal, familiarity, and frequency Visual Cognition.  This paper will appear in an upcoming special issue Dealing with Distractors edited by Shaun Vecera, Nick Gaspelin, and Chris Olivers.


July 1, 2018. New Post-Doc Welcome:
The lab is very pleased to welcome Dr. Greg Huffman as a post-doctoral fellow.  Greg comes to us from the University of Toronto and is interested in how cognition and action interact with each other and allow humans to successfully act within the environment.  Learn more about Greg's research here.


June 11, 2018. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Clement, A., Stothart, C., Drew, T., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press).  Semantic associations do not modulate the visual awareness of objects.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.


June 1, 2018.  Moving Day:
The Visual Cognition Lab (along with the entire Department of Psychology) has moved from Haggar Hall to our new purpose-built home in Corbett Family Hall.  You can find us in room 548.


May 20, 2018.  Commencement Weekend:
Congratulations to undergraduate research assistants Gabriella Adams, Kathryn Kehoe, Kathryn Tighe and to Ph.D. student Andrew Clement who all graduated from Notre Dame this weekend.  


April 23, 2018. All But Dissertation:
Graduate Student Kristina Krasich has successfully proposed her dissertation entitled "The Effects of Mind Wandering on Gaze Control."
 

February 23, 2018. Successful Doctoral Defense:
Graduate Student Andrew Clement has successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Updating Perception and Action Across Real-World Viewpoint Changes".  Congratulations Dr. Clement!


February 12, 2018. New Post-Doc Placement:
Graduate Student Andrew Clement has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof Jay Pratt at the University of Toronto.


January 18, 2018. New Paper Accepted for Publication:
Krasich, K., McManus, R., Hutt, S., Faber, M., D'Mello, S. K., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Gaze-based signatures of mind wandering during real-world scene processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  Portions of this work constituted a senior thesis by Bobby McManus in the Visual Cognition Lab.  


December 4, 2017. Former Senior Thesis Student Becomes a Post-Doc:
Former senior thesis student Deborah Cronin, who is finishing her graduate work at UIUC with Prof. David Irwin, has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at UC-Davis where she will work with Prof. John Henderson.


October 16, 2017. New Job Placement: 
Post-Doctoral Fellow Cary Stothart has started a new position as Research Psychologist at the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Forth Leavenworth, KS.
 

September 28, 2017. From Senior Thesis to Peer-Reviewed Publication: 
O'Donnell, R. E.Clement, A., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Semantic and functional relationships among objects increase the capacity of visual working memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 
 

August 28, 2017. On the Tenure Track: 
Former post-doc Michi Matsukura has started a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Drake University. 
 

August 2, 2017. New Grant: 
Led by psychology graduate student Kristina Krasich and philosophy graduate student Samuel Murray, the lab has received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study the behavioral and neurological link between mind wandering and prospective memory. 
 

July 31, 2017. New Paper Accepted for Publication: 
Clement, A., Randvansky, G. A., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Compression of environmental representations following interactions with objectsAttention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
 

July 12, 2017. Best Student Paper Award: 
Congratulations to graduate student Kristina Krasich who, along with D'Mello Lab graduate students Stephen Hutt, Nigel Bosch, and Caitlin Mills, have won the James Chen Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and Personalization (UMAP) 
 

May 8, 2017. Faculty Honors: 
Prof. Brockmole has been appointed to the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Collegiate Chair in recognition of his achievements as "as a scholar, teacher, and citizen of the University." 
 

April 29, 2017. Undergraduate Student Achievement Award: 
Senior thesis student Caitlin Sisk has won the John F. Santos Award for most outstanding graduating psychology major. 
 

April 25, 2017. Graduate Student Teaching Award: 
Kristina Krasich has been awarded the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology for her work as instructor-of-record for Introduction to Biopsychology. 
 

April 24, 2017. New Paper Accepted for Publication: 
Stothart, C.Clement, A., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Satisfaction in motion: Subsequent search misses are more likely in moving search displays. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
 

April 1, 2017. Graduate School Acceptance: 
Senior thesis student Caitlin Sisk has accepted an offer of graduate admission from the University of Minnesota where she will pursue a Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. Yuhong Jiang
 

March 18, 2017. Graduate School Acceptance: 
Senior thesis student Ryan O'Donnell has accepted an offer of graduate admission from Pennsylvania State University where he will pursue a Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. Brad Wyble.
 

February 8, 2017. Graduate Student Fellowship: 
Kristina Krasich has been awarded a fellowship from Duke University/Templeton Foundation to attend the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP). The fellowship also includes research support for a year-long project on mind wandering. 
 

January 1, 2017. News Page: 
Great things are happening all the time in the Visual Cognition Lab and we need to brag a little. We'll be posting exciting news as it happens on this new web page.