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. 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.
Andie Tibbetts, B.A.
I graduated from USF in the Summer of 2019 with a double major in Creative Writing and Applied Linguistics and am so happy to be back at USF working on a M.S in Intelligence Studies (Strategic track) after a year off doing freelance work. I’ve always been interested in the phonetics and morphology of the many languages we learn and I love practicing discourse analysis (over Reddit- where else?) in my free time. After graduation, I hope to work in the government as a crypto-linguist, applying what I’ve learned from my time here. 

Undergraduate Honors Students

Dimitri Brunelle
I am a senior pursuing a degree in psychology and am currently fulfilling the pre-requisite courses for medical school. I have always been fascinated by the cognitive and neuroscientific aspects of psychology, along with how they tie into music processing. Upon graduating, I plan on furthering my understanding of data science and neuroscience while continuing my journey to medical school.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Daniel Alboukrek
I am a junior majoring in Psychology and Statistics. I am eager to learn more about the cognitive and neural underpinnings of various psychological processes by being a part of the EMaC lab. I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology after graduation.
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!  
Jillian Hansen
I am a senior at USF pursuing a degree in applied linguistics and French. I am particularly interested in phonetics and phonology. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school with the intention of earning a doctoral degree in linguistics. I am excited by the opportunities provided by the EMaC Lab, and I am eager to see how our projects progress!
Makayla Hodges 
I am a senior at USF majoring in psychology and minoring in literary studies. I am very interested in research on language and emotion involving ASD children. I hope to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical child psychology after I graduate. I am excited to be apart of the EMaC lab and learn more about linguistics.
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 EMaC Lab at USF. 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 recently graduated from the University of South Florida with my BA in psychology. I am interested in clinical neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and I love learning about human cognition and conducting research in the lab. I am currently taking a gap year and will be applying to graduate school next fall to get a degree in neuropsychology.
Sam Shinde
I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Healthcare with a concentration in Behavioral Health Research. I am interested in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and how this affects our behavior. After I graduate, I intend to go to graduate school, eventually get my PhD, and continue to pursue research in the psychology field. I’m excited to work in the EMaC Lab!
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

Undergraduate Students:

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


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