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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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.
Abigail Norris: I am a second year Psychology major with a minor in Religious Studies. I am eager to learn more about cognitive psychology and the research process through my involvement in this lab. Once I have completed my bachelor’s degree, I hope to pursue psychology further in graduate school.
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.

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.
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.
Hailey Stein: I am a senior at USF, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology. I plan on going to graduate school, and I am interested in both cognitive and social psychology. I hope to continue research throughout my college and professional career. 
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.
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.
Roger Joyce-Nyack: I am a third-year student majoring in Psychology and Statistics. I am interested in research in psychology and analyzing statistics. In the future, I plan to go to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D.
Tamara Kaiser: I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Forensic Behavioral Health. I am interested in cognitive science and neuroscience. After graduating, I plan on continuing to graduate school and hopefully conducting research of my own.

Lab Alumni

  • Anne Eible
  • Alexis Wishart
  • Caitlin Nethercoat
  • Courtney Clark
  • Danielle Ferusi
  • Jamie Newland: now @ University of Florida
  • Jordan Houk
  • Julaianna Kirscher
  • Marcellus Howell: now @ University of Georgia’s School Counseling program
  • Sierra Juncal
  • Rebecca Klarer
  • Katie Pioszak
  • Richard Rogers
  • Alyssa Thompson
  • Zoe Grossman


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