OPAM acceptance and a new semester!

So much good news to share from the past few weeks! I am thrilled to be presenting at both the Psychonomic Society Conference and at OPAM this year in Chicago.

At the conference for the Psychonomic Society, I will be presenting a poster titled “Going beyond the ‘visual’ in visual search: Semantic search for related words.”. This project was in collaboration with Michael Hout, Gemma Fitzsimmons, Tammy Meneer, and Hayward Godwin and delves into the role of semantic information during attentional guidance. I’m happy to have the opportunity to present!

I recently received my acceptance to give a talk on our work in categorical search at this year’s OPAM. I’m very excited to share the results!! I’ll be speaking Thursday November 19th, which is just before the kickoff for The Psychonomic Society conference this year in Chicago. My talk is entitled “Categorical templates: Typical category members are found and identified quickly during word-cued search.”

Some more good news, 2 of our outstanding research assistants (Alexis and Garrett) will be presenting a poster highlighting our work examining strategies in collaborative visual search. This is a very cool line of research we are starting in the lab and we can’t wait to share our results!

Lopez, A., Bennett, G., Robbins, A., Godwin, H. J., & Hout, M. C. (to be presented). Four eyes aren’t always better than two: Collaborative categorical multiple-target hybrid search. Poster to be presented at the 23rd annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory conference: Chicago, IL (November, 2015).

And Jessica Madrid, a Masters student in our lab, will be presenting her work in vsual search of familiar vs unfamiliar objects. Way to go J Mad!

Madrid, J., Cunningham, C., Robbins, A., & Hout, M. C. (to be presented). Don’t label me!: Search for familiar, nameable objects vs. search for unfamiliar, novel objects. Poster to be presented at the 23rd annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory conference: Chicago, IL (November, 2015).

Great job team!!

Welcome Fall!

As a new semester begins, I will be busy teaching and completing my comprehensive exams. But there is a lot of exciting things happening in the VSM Lab!

Lab members

We have a bunch of new lab members, including graduate students and research assistants, joining us this fall. Check out their information here. Welcome all!!


I am excited to begin new studies examining the impact of psychosocial stress on eye movements! I also am planning on testing a new stress paradigm for anticipatory stress. We also have some studies in the works looking more into the impact of psychosocial stress on visual search.


Our article for Scientific American MIND is expected to hit the stands this fall! More info to come!

Also, check us our at Psychonomics this year! We will have a poster at both Psychonomics and OPAM examining various aspects of visual search. See my research pages for more information!