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.
Martín Antúnez
I am a PhD student and a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics group (Neurocog) at the University of La Laguna (Spain). Additionally, I am incredibly proud and excited to have joined the Eye Movements and Cognition lab (EMaC) at the University of South Florida to continue pursuing my academic career.
The focus of my research involves the co-registration of eye movements and EEG, obtaining Fixation Related Potentials (FRP) during natural reading of sentences, in order to assess the role of individual differences in the reader’s ability to process words allocated in the parafoveal visual region.

Undergraduate Honors Students

Dimitri Brunelle
I am a junior pursuing a double degree in Psychology and Music Studies. I have always been fascinated by the cognitive and clinical aspects of psychology, along with how they tie in with music. Upon graduating, I plan on attending graduate school to continue my studies in psychology.
Anna Marie Fennell
I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics and Philosophy. I hope to pursue a career as an expressive arts therapist, so I’m interested in music, visual art and performance. My honors thesis investigates the relationship of musical training on working memory and syntactic processing.
Alex Sciuto
I am a third 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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Neslihan Caliskan
I am a junior at USF majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. I am highly interested in research based on language disorders and their effects on both cognition and perception. My ultimate goal is to earn a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and/or Psycholinguistics while pursuing academia and conducting my own research. I am so excited and deeply proud to be a part of the EMaC Lab!
Cassandra DeGaetano
I am a senior at USF majoring in Psychology with minors in Behavioral Healthcare and Applied Behavioral Analysis. I am interested in cognitive and clinical psychology and love learning new things in the EMaC Lab. I plan to attend graduate school and continue research in the future.
Vince Gyongyosi
I am a 4th year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in psychology and a minor in biology. After I graduate, I plan on going back home to Hungary to continue my higher education. I’m deeply fascinated by clinical psychology and industrial psychology.
Karina Ortiz
I am currently a third-year visiting student from Brown University who is majoring in Psychology. I am strongly drawn to the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology, and hope to explore these interests in the Eye Movements and Cognition Lab (EMaC) at the University of South Florida. Upon graduation, I hope to matriculate into a Ph.D. program that will allow me to continue conducting research in different fields of Psychology.
Melissa Pierre
I am currently a junior majoring in psychology. I am interested in neuroscience, cognitive psychology and pretty much everything that can affect memory, learning, and behavior. I love to know more about human cognition by learning and conducting research in the lab. After getting my BA in 2020, I am hoping to attend graduate school to get a degree in neuroscience/ cognitive psychology or a degree in neuropsychology.
Mei Sugawara
I am an international student from Japan, majoring in Biomedical Sciences, and minoring in Psychology at USF. I am hoping to proceed to medical school to become an ophthalmologist in the future. Cognitive psychology and medical sciences, especially for visual care, are my passions.
Kaitlin White
I am a senior at USF pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Astronomy. After graduating I plan to attend graduate school for Neuropsychology, and I hope to eventually practice, research, and teach. I have always been fascinated by psychology and behavior, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn in the EMaC lab!

Lab Alumni

  • Abigail Norris
  • Alexandra Carey
  • Alexis Wishart
  • Alyssa Thompson
  • Anne Eible
  • Caitlin Nethercoat
  • Courtney Clark
  • Danielle Ferusi
  • Emily Johnson
  • Hailey Stein
  • Jamie Newland: now @ University of Florida
  • Jordan Houk
  • Julianna Kirschner
  • Katie Pioszak
  • Marcellus Howell: now @ University of Georgia’s School Counseling program
  • Rebecca Klarer
  • Richard Rogers
  • Roger Joyce-Nyak
  • Sierra Juncal
  • Tamara Kaiser
  • Zoe Grossman


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