The Man In Charge (wielding power with an iron fist): Mike Dodd
Associate Professor, Editor-in-Chief of AP&P

Mike did his graduate work at the University of Toronto under the joint supervision of Professors Colin MacLeod and Jay Pratt. Upon obtaining his Ph.D. in 2005, Mike became a Killam postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia working in the lab of Professor Alan Kingstone and collaborating with Professors Jim Enns and Todd Handy. He joined the University of Nebraska - Lincoln faculty in the fall of 2007 where he conducts research on vision, attention, memory, and perception (hence the lab acronym).  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.  He served as an Associate Editor at JEP:HPP from 2013-2014 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.  He loves referring to himself in the third person.Mike's CV can be found HERE (Updated 4/3/2017)

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Students (Graduate, Thesis, UCARE, RA, and otherwise)

Monica Rosen: Graduate student

Monica earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Central Florida, where she worked with Dr. Mark Neider on projects involving aging and cognitive restoration, driving and attentional load as well as, cardiovascular fitness and distance perception. She also spent a summer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Dr. Bas Rokers investigating the biases associated with perceiving motion in depth. Monica is currently interested in how perceptual, emotional, and task-related factors influence visual attention that lead to changes in human performance. In addition to using traditional behavioral methods, she also incorporates eye tracking, 3D virtual reality, neuroimaging, and multi-level modeling methods (when relevant) to explore such questions. Some of her current projects include examining the interaction between global-local processing and task relevancy on problem solving, how valence judgements regarding emotionally ambiguous faces is affected by temporal and spatial attention allocation, and the neural correlates associated with attentional control and the processing of emotional stimuli.

Joshua Zosky: Graduate student

Josh is about as non-typical as they come. His first bachelor's degree is from Kutztown University in English Literature, studying the works of major Modern authors such as Joyce and Faulkner. After a few years in the professional cooking circuit, he returned to school for a second degree in psychology. He earned a 2nd bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska -- Lincoln. From here he joined the ranks of psychology graduate student at UNL. He is part of the Neuroscience & Behavior specialization in the program. He can still be found cooking in his spare time, which is never. He also reads in his spare time, which is never. Josh is part of the Developmental Brain Lab, VAMP Lab, Technological consultant for the LifeHD sociology lab, and Technical Specialist for the psychology department's VR Lab. He specializes in computery things, yet claims no competency in social-media. He is a huge nerd. He hides this under a cool veneer of indy music and sunglasses. His research interests include--but are not limited to--Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI), EEG processing, experimental design, co-registration of eye tracking and EEG data, and developing rehabilitative technologies for neurological disorders.

Josh's personal website:

Mengzhu Fu: Graduate student

Mengzhu did her undergraduate work at the University of Iowa where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Music. At the University of Iowa, she worked as a research assistant in various research labs, studying a variety of topics such as visual cognition, decision making, and morality. Her current research interest focuses on visual attention and perception, as well as their relationships with other cognitive systems.

Lauren Bandel: Lab Manager

Lauren, super far from her original home of Omaha, NE, graduated from UNL in May 2017 with a degree in psychology and minors in women’s & gender studies and human rights & humanitarian affairs. As an undergrad, she worked as a research assistant in a few psychology labs and as a direct support professional for individuals with developmental disabilities and other mental health issues. She joined the VAMP lab in August 2017 as a lab manager to take part in more research before applying to graduate programs. Lauren splits her time as a lab manager between the VAMP lab and Matt Johnson’s RAP Lab. When Lauren isn’t living the dream in CB3, she can be found at Honest Abe’s, waging war on the campus squirrel population, or finding the freshest dad joke to tell. 

Elise Thayer: Lab Manager

Elise, a Southern California native, graduated in May 2017 from UNL with a BA in psychology and minor in sociology. She researched the effects of nature on decision making her senior year of undergrad and is hoping to further pursue decision making in her studies going forward as she applies to graduate school. In addition to holding down B66 with co-Lab Manager Lauren, she also works for Jeff Stevens in his Avian Cognition Lab on campus and teaches a lab section. If Elise isn't in CB3, you can find her at the rec, Bahnwich, or day dreaming aimlessly about burgers from In-N-Out. 

Emily Birkel: UCARE Student

Emily is a UCARE student in the VAMP Lab studying task switching and eye movement. She is a senior psychology major, and is hoping to attend graduate school to study clinical psychology. In the future, she hopes to work with people struggling with substance use and addiction. If that doesn't pan out, her backup plan is to become the local cat lady. 

Sean Dageforde: UCARE Student

Sean is a senior who studies psychology, criminology and Russian. His ongoing study in the VAMP lab researches the effects of music on visual search and attention. He is currently planning to continue research in grad school after graduation. When not in lab he can be found scrolling through Netflix trying to find and watch all of the one-star horror movies, or playing Smash Bros. He also has an unhealthy obsession with shibas, spicy food, and spending far too much money on music and guitars. 


Current undergraduate volunteers

(all incredibly valuable and appreciated, but apparently not enough to be deemed blurb-worthy by Mike...maybe if they're still here next term!)

Tanner Smith Jared Noetzel Lizzy Isaacson Sara Cipolla Ricky Poh
Emily Madsen Morgan Fust Thea Kerns Elizabeth Ryan Anamaría Guzmán
Hannah Ross Claudia Clinchard Emily Glaser Taylor Schendt

Lab alumni

Past graduate students: Gerald McDonnell (now an Assistant Professor at McKendree University), Mark Mills (now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto), Jordan Wickstrom (now a graduate student at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)

Past lab managers: Brett Bahle (now a graduate student at the University of Iowa), Jordan Marshall (now a graduate student at Illinois State University)

Past undergraduate students (thesis and/or UCARE): Brett Bahle, Sarah Burghaus, Dillon Cornett, Kristin Divis, David Dugger, Brandon Gore, Jordan Grubaugh. Arianne Holland, Scott Jarecke, Aaron Keck, Laura Klein, Alex Knezevic, Billy Kuehn, Emily Lander, Grant Langdon, Jordan Marshall, Mitchell McCann, Scott McLean, Jude Olney, Tyler Person, Mallory Richert, Rachel Rixen, Kyle Sramek, Charles Voigt, Noah Weiss, Olivia Wieda, Thomas Zimmer

Past undergraduate volunteers: Audie Aguilar, Dustan Ahrens, Ahmad Arraseef, Elaine Arrington, John Avery, Alyssa Bakulski, Therin Baum, Brandi Becvar, Emily Birkel, David Boe, Emily Bohaty, Stefani Bradley, Ryan Bramhall, Hanna Brenden, Jordan Brooks, Patrick Brown, Isabella Catalono, Emily Coffey, Andrea Coleman, Akua Dawes, Arity Dickerson, Rachel Dorn, Drew Dudley, Ellen Dudley, Angie Dunn, Tristen Folz, Hannah Frankel, Erika Franta, Jon Freese, Cristina Garcia, Anne Gates, Tyson Gibbons, Jacob Griess, Elizabeth Grimes, Aaron Halvorsen,Sierra Hansen, Katie Harris, Allison Havekost, Shanae Heard, Danielle Henery, Jordan Henkel, Kristina Huber, Nur Ahmad Hussin, Mahnoor Javaid, Lexi Jessen, Zhuo Jin, Andrew Johannes, Brittany Jones, Daina Keehn, Brian Keiser, Michael Killingsworth, Rebecca Kreis, Molly Kudym, Allison Kuenning, Emily Kuhn, Brett Lahm, Emily Lander, Katie Larkin, Sami Lauf, Kevin Liang, Aaron Lightner, Shauna Lindstedt, Jerry Lund, Samantha Lunde, Michael Mahnken, Jordan Marshall, Aaron Martinez, Trevor Mattox, Sloan Matzke, Britteny McBride, Luke Meier, Jeff Meyer, Alli Morton, Kevin Moser, Ellen Muehling, Patrick Mumm, Andrew Neal, Cassie Neal, Sandy Ngo, Alia Noetzel, Jayden Nord, Cody Nordhues, Jacob Nordhues, Jude Olney, Alex Olsen, Ryan O'Neil, Gabriela Perez, Sam Perez, Daley Porter, Jamie Porter, Sydney Powers, Kevin Rademacher, Anthony Raimondi, David Raybine, Olivia Reinert-Gehman, Mallory Richert, Shelby Rohlff, Marissa Roney, McKenzie Rowe, Zach Rupiper, Marisa Ruwe, Laura Salisbury, Grant Schlimgen, Danae Schufeldt, Casey Schwee, DJ Sedlacek, Emika Severson, Brea Smith, Lyndsey Stessman, Tyler Stading, Karli Suarez, Kristin Swenson, Roukeyatou Takpara, Taylor Thomsen, Kelsey Tieken, Nicole Timm, Roberto Torres, Kylee Twomey, Jordan Valla, Austin Wehrwein, Jedediah Weiss, Michael Wenzl, Jordan Wheeler, Carolyn Willis, Brooke Wissler, Alec Wong, Diana Zhong