Notre Dame Visual Cognition Laboratory

Director: Prof. James R. Brockmole

People and Contacts

Laboratory Director

Brockmole Prof. James R. Brockmole
Department of Psychology
University of Notre Dame
127 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-1972
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Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

Andrea Kalchik Cary Stothart, Ph.D.
B.A., University of Utah
Ph.D., Florida State University

Cary uses both basic and applied approaches to study human attention. He is specifically interested in the limits of attention, interactions between attention and memory, and changes in attention as a function of evironmental context.

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Graduate Students (Ph.D.)

Andrew Clement Andrew Clement
B.A., Denison University
M.A., University of Notre Dame

Andrews's research interests are in the areas of visual perception, object recognition, attention, and memory. He is currently conducting research examining the relationship between physical action and the representation of objects and scenes.

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Kristina Krasich Kristina Krasich
B.A., Duke University
M.A., University of Notre Dame

Kristina's research interests are in the areas of visual attention, visual memory, and cognitive training. She is currently conducting research that aims to idenitify gaze-based markers of mind wandering (i.e., daydreaming) in multimedia learning contexts and real-time interventions that can restore attention to primary tasks.

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Affiliated Graduate Students (Ph.D.)

Andrea Kalchik Andrea Kalchik
B.A., Ohio Northern University
M.A., University of Notre Dame

Andrea is primarily supervised by Gabriel Radvansky, but Prof. Brockmole currently co-supervises her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship project (2015-2018) that explores how memory for texts can be influenced by hand position and the devices used for reading (e.g., books, electronic hand-held devices, computer/laptop screens).

Senior Thesis Students

Gabriela Adams
McKinney, TX
Kathryn Kehoe
Gurnee, IL

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Samantha Barta
Ashburn, VA
Angela Lim
Columbia, MO

Celene Olguin
Pueblo, CO
Erin Sullivan
River Forest, IL

Kathryn Tighe
Middletown, MD

Lab Alumni and Placements

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Louise Brown. Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Strathclyde University (Scotland).

Christopher Davoli. Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University.

Michi Matsukura. Post-Doctoral Fellow and Instructor, University of Iowa.

Carol Walthew. Senior Gallery Enabler, Birmingham Science Museum, Birmingham, England

Former Graduate Students:

Adam Biggs. Lieutenant, Medical Services Corps, US Navy, Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton.

Snehlata Jaswal. Visiting Professor, India Institute of Technology - Ropar.

Konstantinos Tsagkaridis. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Moss Rehabilitation Hospital.

Former Undergraduate Students:

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

Natalie Baldasare. M.Ed. candidate, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), University of Notre Dame

Deborah Cronin. Ph.D. candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Krista Ehinger. Ph.D. candidate, Depatment of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Emily Ehrman. M.A. candidate, Butler University.

Shane Kelly. Ph.D. candidate, Department of Psychology, George Mason University.

Robert McManus. Ph.D. candidate, Department of Psychology, North Dakota State University.

Sarah Wiesen. Ph.D. candidate, Department of Psychological Sciences, Vanderbilt University.

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 intends to accept new graduate students (studies to begin in August, 2018). Applications will be due December 1, 2017.

Undergraduate Postions: Undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame who have successfully completed their statistics requirement are invited to become part of the Visual Cognition Lab Team. 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 conducting psychological research, and developing applied critical thinking skills. 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.

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