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 2021-2022

Curriculum Vitae
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Augustus Baker (Graduate Student, Co-advisor: Tim Vickery)

B.A., New York University
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My background is primarily in attention and decision making. Using behavioral and neuroimaging methods I examine the factors that influence our attention allocation and decisions. As an undergraduate, I studied risky decision making, risk/loss aversion, and the psychophysiological correlates of each.


Former Researchers


Minwoo Kim (PhD)

B.A., M.S. Korea University, Seoul, 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.

Courtney Aul (Former Undergraduate Student RA)

Courtney graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Psychology in May 2020. Her undergraduate thesis in the Hoffman Lab examined the automaticity of semantic processing as indexed by the N400 ERP component. She is currently a research assistant in the Boston Attention and Learning Laboratory.


Alyssa Lompado (M.A.)

M.A. B.A. Rowan University, New Jersey

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.


Annie Tran (PhD)

B.A. CUNY, New York

She earned her PhD working in the Hoffman lab in 2017. She used eye movements and ERPs to examine the role of visual attention in tracking multiple moving objects.  In addition, she did research on using EEG to predict recovery from coma in collaboration with researchers at Christiana Hospital. She is currently employed as a researcher with the Battelle corporation.

Sage Boettcher (Former Undergraduate Student RA)

Sage graduated from UD with degrees in Psychology and Statistics. Her undergraduate honors thesis in the Hoffman lab won a Sigma Xi award for outstanding thesis. After graduation, she worked as a lab manager in Prof. Jeremy Wolfe’s lab at Harvard Medical School and Bringham and Women’s Hospital and later received a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary neuroscience from Goethe University, under the supervision of Prof. Melissa Vo. She is currently working with Prof. Kia Nobre at Oxford University.


Rachel Metzgar (Former Undergraduate Student RA)

Rachel did an honors thesis in the Hoffman Lab on the effects of emotion induced blindness on semantic processing in scenes. She is currently the lab manager for Russel Epstein’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelsey Holiday (Former Undergraduate Student RA)

Kelsey did an honors thesis in the Hoffman Lab examining the automaticity of emotional capture. Her thesis was awarded a Sigma Xi award for outstanding thesis. After graduating from UD, she worked in Prof. Leslie Ungerleider’s lab at NIH She is currently a graduate student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at SDCU/UC San Diego.