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


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.



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.



Cassandra DeGaetano: I am a junior 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.



Courtney Clark: I am a second year student pursuing dual degrees in Psychology and Aging Studies. I am interested in cognitive changes overtime, especially those related to Alzheimer’s disease. Since joining the EMaC Lab I have enjoyed learning more about linguistics and becoming more familiar with all aspects of research. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and would love to continue research and to teach the new generation of psychologists.





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.


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