Michael Dodd

Associate Professor Psychology

Lab site: Vision, Attention, Memory & Perception (VAMP lab)

Dr. Dodd received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2005 and was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia before joining the faculty in 2007. His research encompasses many different aspects of human cognition, with a particular focus on visual attention (e.g., visual search; scene perception; task-induced changes in eye movements; task-switching and eye movements; inhibition of return; object-based attention; apparent motion; oculomotor programming; planning and execution of saccades in younger and older adults), memory (false memory, retrieval-induced forgetting, directed forgetting), and goal-directed activity, as well as the interactions between these cognitive systems (e.g., interactions between the spatial distribution of attention and memory, interactions between motor action and working memory, interactions between numbers/ordinal sequences and attention).  He is a core faculty member in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3) where he is also a part of a number of interdisciplinary collaborations relating to athletic performance, concussion, and attention in various real world domains.  He teaches Psychology 263 (Introduction to Cognitive Processes), Psychology 466/866 (Attention and Performance), and Psychology 907 (Cognitive Proseminar).  He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance and is the Editor-Elect for Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, with his term beginning January 2015.

If you are interested in graduate study, please contact me for more information.

Selected Publications (full list and CV on my lab website, link above)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Mills, M., & Dodd, M. D. (in press).  Which way is which? Examining global/local with symbolic cues.  Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Mills, M., Smith, K. B., Hibbing, J. R., & Dodd, M. D. (in press).  The politics of the face-in-the-crowd.  Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

  • McDonnell, G., & Dodd, M. D. (2013).  Examining the influence of a spatially irrelevant working memory load on attentional allocation.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance39, 933-940.

  • Dodd, M. D., Weiss, N., McDonnell, G. P., Sarwal, A., & Kingstone, A. (2012).  Gaze cues influence memory‚Ķbut not for long.  Acta Psychologica141, 270-275.

  • Dodd, M. D., Balzer, A., Jacobs, C., Gruszczynski, M., Smith, K. B., & Hibbing, J. R. (2012). The political left rolls with the good, the political right confronts the bad:Physiology and Cognition in Politics.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B367, 640-649.

  • Dodd, M. D., Hibbing, J. R., & Smith, K. B. (2011). The politics of attention: Gaze cuing effects are moderated by political temperament . Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 24-29.

  • Mills, M., Van der Stigchel, S., Hollingworth, A., Hoffman, L., & Dodd, M. D. (2011).  Examining the influence of task-set on eye movements and fixations.  Journal of Vision, 11, 1-15.

  • Dodd, M. D., Van der Stigchel, S., & Hollingworth, A. (2009). Novelty is not always the best policy: Inhibition of return and facilitation of return as a function of visual task. Psychological Science, 20, 333-339.

  • Dodd, M. D., Van Der Stigchel, S., Leghari, A., Fung, G., & Kingstone, A. (2008). Attentional SNARC: There's something special about numbers (let us count the ways). Cognition, 108, 810-818.

  • Dodd, M. D., Castel, A. C., & Roberts, K. E. (2006). A strategy disruption component to retrieval-induced forgetting. Memory & Cognition, 34, 102-111.

  • Dodd, M. D., McAuley, T., & Pratt, J. (2005). An illusion of 3-D motion with the Ternus display. Vision Research, 45, 969-973.

  • Dodd, M. D., & MacLeod, C. M. (2004). False recognition without intentional learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11, 137-142.

  • Dodd, M. D., Castel, A. D., & Pratt, J. (2003). Inhibition of return with rapid serial shifts of attention: Implications for memory and visual search. Perception & Psychophysics, 65, 1126-1135.

  • Fischer, M. H., Castel, A. D., Dodd, M. D., & Pratt, J. (2003). Perceiving numbers causes spatial shifts of attention. Nature Neuroscience, 6, 555-556.
Books Or Chapters Published

MacLeod, C. M., Dodd, M. D., Sheard, E. D., Wilson, D. E., & Bibi, U. (2003). In opposition to inhibition. In B. H. Ross (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 43 (pp. 163-214). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Current Projects

For a list of the projects currently going on in the lab, please see the following page:


If you are interested in getting some lab experience and are interested in any of the list projects, please contact Dr. Dodd.