Prof. James R. Brockmole
Department of Psychology 
University of Notre Dame 
552 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 
(574) 631-6650 (admin assistant)
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Department Profile

Doctoral Students 


Sean Dageforde
M.A., University of Notre Dame. B.A., University of Nebraska - Lincoln  

Sean is a fourth year graduate student.  He is primarily interested in the effects of value, reward, risk, and threat on visual processing and visually-guided decision making.  He is also interested in the attention and memory mechanisms supporting the interpretation and representation of visual art. 




Adam Vilanova-Goldstein
M.A., University of Notre Dame. B.A., University of Colorado - Denver 

Adam is a fourth year graduate student.  He is primarily interested in the effects of agency on the control of attenion and contents of memory. 


Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Brogan Burke, Junior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: O'Fallon, IL.
Caitlin Cunningham, Senior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: Columbus, OH.
Zachary Hahn, Senior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI.
Jack Hoch, Junior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: Stamford, CT.
Simeon Imes, Junior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: Cumberland, MD.
Kevin Jun, Junior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: Saint Charles, IL.
Andrea Moreno, Junior. Major: Neuroscience & Behavior. Hometown: Framingham, MA.
Giovanni Komyatte, Senior. Major: Biochemistry (Neuroscience concentration). Hometown: Highland, IN.
Margaret McCall, Senior. Major: Science-Business. Hometown: Glenview, IL.
Aidan Walsh, Sophomore. Majors: Psychology and Pre-Health Studies. Hometown: Clarendon Hills, IL.
James Walsh, Sophomore. Major: Neuroscience and Behavior. Hometown: Saint Paul, MN.

Lab Alumni

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows

Louise Brown. Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Strathclyde University (Scotland).
Christopher Davoli. Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University.
Greg Huffman. Research Scientist, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA.
Michi Matsukura. Assistant Professor, Western Washington University.
Cary Stothart. Research Psychologist. US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Ft. Leavenworth, KS.
Carol Walthew. Senior Gallery Enabler, Birmingham Science Museum, Birmingham, England.

Former Graduate Students

Adam Biggs. Lieutenant Commander, Force Research Psychologist, US Navy, Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronada, CA.
Andrew Clement. Assistant Professor, Millsaps College.
Snehlata Jaswal. Professor, Sikkim University (India).
Kristina Krasich. Assistant Professor, Elon University.
Konstantinos Tsagkaridis. Lecturer, Theological School of the Church of Cyprus.

Former Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates working in the lab have many career aspirations. The following students pursued graduate studies in psychology or related fields. 

Gabriella Adams '18. M.D., Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Emilio Arellano '20. M.D., Emory Unversity School of Medicine
Natalie Baldasare '12. M.Ed., Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), University of Notre Dame. 
Katie Rose Blachowicz '22. M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin.
Deborah Cronin '12. Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
Krista Ehinger '07 (Edinburgh). Ph.D., Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
Emily Ehrman '13. M.S., School Counseling, Butler University.
Bryan Golubski '13, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine.
Helen Gu '22, M.D., Ohio State University.
Ann Kebede '15, M.D., Ohio State University.
Shane Kelly '14. Ph.D., Department of Psychology, George Mason University.
Joanne Kim '19. MSI, University of Michigan.
Miles Klimara '14, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin.
Monica Lee '16, M.D., Rush Medical College.
Robert McManus '16. Ph.D., Department of Psychology, North Dakota State University.
Ryan O'Donnell '17. Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University. 
Gabriella Patino '22. M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin. 
Caitlin Sisk '17. Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota.
Isabel Snee '22, M.D., Georgetown University. 
Erin Sullivan '19, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Emily Tighe '21, Ph.D., University of Utah
Kathryn Tighe '18, M.D., Western Michigan University.
Sarah Wiesen '12. Ph.D., Department of Psychological Sciences, Vanderbilt University.
Madden Zappa '16. M.S., Mental Health, Ethics, and Law. King's College London. 

Join the Lab 

If you are interested in joining the lab to begin or develop your academic career, to pursue an advanced degree, or to gain research experience prior to graduate studies, positions are available! 

Ph.D. Positions: The Visual Cognition Lab is currently accepting applications for new graduate students to begin studies in the Fall of 2024.

Undergraduate Positions: Undergraduate research assistants work directly with faculty and other senior researchers to implement experiments by engaging in activities such as hypothesis development, stimulus creation, computer programming, participant testing, and data analysis. Students will broaden their academic experience by extending their learning outside the classroom, obtaining specific skills related to research, and developing applied critical thinking skills that are transferable to many careers. Students of all educational backgrounds are invited to join the lab, and these opportunities will be particularly helpful for those preparing to attend graduate school. Please contact Prof. James Brockmole at to learn more.