Primary Investigator

Dr. Liz Schotter
 I am an Assistant Professor in the Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social program in the Psychology Department at USF. I use eye tracking, electroencephalography, and computational modeling to study how visual perception and prior experience lead to the activation of internal representations (e.g., word meanings) and execution of external actions (e.g., eye movements, explicit choices) when people comprehend/produce language, view objects/scenes, and make decisions. I love working with all the talented people on this page and I am proud that they have decided to join this lab!
Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Sara Milligan, B.A.
I am a third-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.
Jason Schmidt Avendaño, B.S. & B.M. 
I am a first-year graduate student in Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social. I earned my bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Vocal Performance from Stetson University and am thrilled to be moving back to sunny Florida after working as an opera singer in Washington D.C. My research interests lie at the crossroads between music cognition and language comprehension. I am specifically interested in studying how and why musicians’ eye movements differ from non-musicians as well as the cognitive process of reading for the deaf community. I am honored to be a part of the EMaC Lab and look forward to making meaningful connections and fostering growth through empirical research, music, and compassion.
Curriculum Vitae

Lab Manager

Susan Rodriguez, B.A.
I am a USF Psychology graduate with an interest in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. My goal is to obtain a PhD in cognitive psychology as I plan to pursue a career in research. I am excited to learn more about human cognition as a member of the EMaC Lab!

Lab Techs

Brian Nestor
I recently graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Linguistics. Currently, I am a post-baccalaureate student studying the Biomedical Sciences at USF. I have broad interests in bilingualism, in sentence processing, and in the neural underpinnings of cognition. It is with great pride that I have been given the opportunity to explore these interests in the EMaC Lab! 

Undergraduate Honors Students

Neslihan Caliskan
I am a senior at USF majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. I am highly interested in neurocognitive processes of language perception & comprehension during reading . My ultimate goal is to earn a PhD in Psycholinguistics while pursuing academia and conducting my own research. I am so excited and deeply proud to be a part of the EMaC Lab!
Victoria Estevez
I am a junior at USF majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. I have a deep interest in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Upon graduation, I hope to attend  medical school and eventually pursue a career in surgery. I am excited to be a part of the EMaC Lab and learn more about some of my favorite topics!  

Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate Research Assistants

Nicole Brown
I am a third year student at USF majoring in psychology.
I am fascinated in the workings of the human mind, and I believe the field of cognitive psychology is a perfect avenue to investigate these topics. I am thrilled to gain research experience in the lab and to use this knowledge in pursuit of attending graduate school in the field of psychology upon graduation. I am honored to be a part of this research team at the EMaC Lab! 
Milca Jaime Brunet
I am a junior at USF, majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. My interest in neuropsychology drove me to apply to the EMaC Lab, through which I am excited to continue extending my experiences and refining my interests. In the future, I hope to continue my studies in graduate school to participate more avidly in research. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about cognitive psychology as a member of this lab.
Ayah Elaboudi
I am a senior at USF majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in psychology. My interests in neuroscience and cognitive psychology pushed me to join this team. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and being part of the EMaC Lab. My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in the medical field.
Maggie Lopez
I am a fourth year at USF, pursuing concurrent degrees in psychology and biomedical sciences. Ever since I was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child, everything regarding the brain and cognition has fascinated me. That fascination along with my interest in learning about the cognitive mechanisms behind reading, are what brought me to this lab. After I graduate, I plan on applying to medical school to pursue a career in pediatric neurology. I am so excited for this opportunity to be a part of the EMaC lab and to expand my knowledge.
Grace Sinclair
I am a second-year student at USF majoring in psychology. I am interested in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. My goal is to attend graduate school and pursue a career in psychological research. I am excited to be a part of EMaC Lab and to learn more about cognition!
Casey Stringer
I am currently in my second year at USF majoring in psychology. I am very interested in the field of Cognitive Psychology and love to learn about how the human mind works. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school to further study psychology, and eventually pursue a career in research. I am excited to be a part of the EMaC Lab!
Hannah Thomas
I am a second year student pursing a major in Psychology along with Biomedical Sciences. I am interested neuroscience and cognitive psychology. I am excited that I get to pursue my interests at the EMaC Lab and can’t wait to learn more about these topic from our research.

Lab Alumni

Graduate Students:

  • Martín Antúnez
  • Andrea Tibbetts

Undergraduate Students:

  • Abigail Norris
  • Alexandra Carey
  • Alex Sciuto
  • Alexis Wishart
  • Alyssa Thompson
  • Anna Marie Fennell: now @ Columbia University’s Ed.M. program in Mental Health Counseling
  • Anne Eible
  • Caitlin Nethercoat
  • Cassandra DeGaetano
  • Courtney Clark
  • Daniel Alboukrek
  • Danielle Ferusi
  • Dimitri Brunelle
  • Emily Johnson
  • Grayson Nobles
  • Hailey Stein
  • Jade McNitt
  • Jamie Newland: now @ University of Florida
  • Jillian Hansen
  • Jordan Houk
  • Julianna Kirschner
  • Kaitlin White
  • Karina Ortiz
  • Katie Pioszak
  • Makayla Hodges
  • Marcellus Howell: now @ University of Georgia’s School Counseling program
  • Mei Sugawara
  • Melissa Pierre
  • Rebecca Klarer
  • Richard Rogers
  • Roger Joyce-Nyak
  • Shivam Patel
  • Sierra Juncal
  • Tamara Kaiser
  • Vince Gyongyosi
  • Zoe Grossman


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