Visual Cognition Lab

James E. Hoffman



James E. Hoffman (Primary Investigator)

Professor, University of Delaware
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Director, Cognitive Psychology Graduate Program
B.S., M.S., Ph.D, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Not accepting graduate students for 2018-2019

Curriculum Vitae
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Alyssa Lompado (Graduate Student)

B.A. Rowan University, New Jersey
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My research interests focus around visual cognition and understanding the time-course and purpose of the complex neural networks that guide the attention we give to everyday stimuli and tasks. Even the simplest visual search requires significant processing that increases indefinitely as workload, complexity, and countless other task demands also intensify. Primarily, my research aims to disambiguate how basic attentional mechanisms adapt or are affected by the parameters of an experiment. The overall goal is to try to understand when, where, and why these processes unfold in a certain dynamic order in the human mind.


Minwoo Kim (Graduate Student)

B.A., M.S. Korea University, South Korea
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I am interested in investigating the interactions between the human attentional and emotional brain networks. With the Emotion-Induced Blindness (EIB) paradigm, I test the attention capturing properties of emotionally salient events both behaviorally and neurologically using EEG and fMRI.

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Gus Baker (Graduate Student, Co-advisor: Tim Vickery)

B.A., New York University
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Former Researchers


Annie Tran (PhD)

B.A. CUNY, New York
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Her current work investigates the architecture of visual attention using the multiple object tracking paradigm and mixture modeling. Her previous research involved a collaborative project with the Christiana Hospital using electroencephalography (EEG) to predict coma patient outcome.

Sage Boettcher (Former Undergraduate Student RA)

Graduated from UD with degrees in Psychology and Statistics. She was awarded an Undergraduate Research Thesis Award in 2012 for her thesis done in our lab titled “Exploring the Neural Basis of Emotional Induced Blindness Using Event-Related Brain Potentials”. Following her undergraduate work at UD, she collaborated with research Jeremy Wolfe’s on research into hybrid search. She followed that with a Masters degree in interdisciplinary Neuroscience at Goeth University. She is currently a graduate student in Kia Nobre’s lab at Oxford University where she uses EEG and MEG to study issues in predictive coding.

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