Primary Investigator

Dr. Liz Schotter: I am an Assistant Professor in the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social program in the Psychology Department at USF. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from UCSD in 2013. I am interested in how visual perception and prior experience lead to the activation of internal representations (e.g., meanings) and execution of external actions (e.g., eye movements) when people comprehend/produce language, view objects/scenes, and make decisions.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Sara Milligan, B.A. I am a first-year graduate student in Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social. I got my BA in Psychology and English from USF and I am excited to return after a stint as a research assistant at the University of Colorado. I am interested in how cognitive differences between people affect perception and comprehension of language. I am also interested in studying the relationship between auditory processing of spoken language and visual processing during reading.

Maker:L,Date:2017-9-14,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-YMehrdad Vaziri, M.S. I am a PhD candidate in Geosciences. I received my Masters of Science in Planning-information technology from University Technology Malaysia. I study, analyze, and visualize movements of mobile objects, and currently eye movements are the subject of my dissertation. I am interested in knowing the similarities of eye movements of various subjects using a combination of spatiotemporal and geostatistical methods.



Lab Manager

 Emily Johnson, B.A. I graduated from USF in 2017 with a major in Psychology and minor in American Sign Language. As a member of the EMaC lab, I research differences in visual perception and attention among Deaf and hearing signers.




Research Assistants


Alex Sciuto: I am a second year student in pursuit of a double degree in Philosophy and Psychology. I am interested in both clinical science and cognitive science. I intern with a clinical psychologist to test and diagnose for ADHD, ODD, ASD, and Intellectual Disability in kids. My dream is to pursuit graduate school in psychology in order to research and teach.



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Alexis Wishart: I am a fourth year student at USF majoring in Psychology on a Pre-Dental track. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career in Dentistry. I am eager to explore this undergraduate research opportunity and use my experiences within the EMaC lab to pursue research within my career field in the future.




Anna Marie Fennell: I’m a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics and Philosophy. I hope to pursue a career in expressive arts therapy, so I’m interested in music, visual art and performance, but I’m also interested in Linguistic concepts, including bilingualism and phonology.




Caitlin Nethercoat: I am a senior at USF, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. In the lab, I have assisted in research concerning, bilingual language intrusions and orthographic neighborhoods. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I hope to go on to graduate school to study cognitive neuroscience.




Danielle Ferrusi: I am a junior double majoring in Psychology and Biomedical Science. Since joining the lab in my freshman year I have begun to explore my love and interest in Cognitive Psychology. I hope to connect this research along with the medicinal field.




Jamie Newland: I am a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. In the EMaC lab I have enjoyed learning more about visual perception and the complex cognitive processes involved in reading. In the future I hope to attend graduate school to earn my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology or a related field. I am interested in research on learning and memory, perception, and cognitive and language development.


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Jordan Perillo: I am a junior at USF studying Music Studies and Psychology. I’m most interested in Cognitive Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. I’m also interested in the performing arts, teaching piano lessons and singing semi-professionally around the Tampa Bay area.



Julianna Kirschner: I am a sophomore at USF, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminology. I’m excited to be a part of the EMaC lab and the different research we do within it!







Zoe Grossman: I am a junior at USF, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Photography, Forensic Behavioral Health, and Women’s Studies. In the future, I plan on going to graduate school to study Cognitive Psychology. I’m super excited to be a part of the EMaC lab and learn more about research in this field.






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