Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Dr. Brockmole’s research focuses on understanding how human observers acquire information about objects and scenes, how that information is retained in memory, and how stored knowledge about the visual world in turn guides behavior. Specific interests include the allocation and control of visual attention, the representational format of short-term memory, the mechanisms underlying statistical learning of environmental regularities, the nature and functions of episodic and semantic long-term memory, the interactions between attention and memory that occur in the service of visually guided tasks, the changes in visual memory abilities that occur across the lifespan, and the relationship between visual cognitive abilities and the physical manipulation of the body.  The work in his lab therefore sits at the intersection of research on visual attention, visual memory, gaze control, spatial cognition, embodied cognition, and cognitive ageing. Each of these interrelated issues is central to understanding how observers construct and use meaningful mental representations of visual environments. His lab uses a variety of tasks and dependent measures to investigate these aspects of cognition, but a major methodology involves the recording and analysis of eye movements which reveal how visual information is processed in real time.  Brockmole currently serves as Associate Editor of the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics and in July he will become Associate Dean for the Social Science and Research in the College of Arts and Letters.

Recent Publications

Biggs, A. T., Brockmole, J.R., & Witt, J.K. (2014). Armed and attentive:_Holding a weapon can bias attentional priorities in scene viewing. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Chesney, D.L.., McNeil, N.M., Brockmole, J.R., & Kelly, K. (2013). An eye for relations: Eye-tracking indicates long-term negative effects of operational thinking on understanding of math equivalence. Memory & cognition, 41, 1079-1095.    

Brockmole, J. R., & Davoli, C. C., Abrams, R. A., & Witt, J. K. (2013). The world within reach: Effects of hand posture and tool-use on visual cognition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 38-44.

Brockmole, J.R., & Logie, R. H. (2013). Age-related change in visual working memory: A study of 55, 753 participants aged 8-75. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 12.

Thomas, L.E., Davoli, C. C., & Brockmole, J. R. (2013). Interacting with objects compressed environmental representations in spatial memory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 20, 101-107.

Blakely, D. P., Wright, T., Dehili, V. M., Boot, W. R., & Brockmole, J. R. (2012). Characterizing the time course and nature of attentional disengagement effects. Vision Research, 56, 38-48.

Bloesch, E.K., Berenbaum, H., Brockmole, J.R., & Abrams, R. A. (2012). Watch this! Observed tool use affects perceived distance. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 177-183.

Bredemeier, K., Berenbaum, H., Brockmole, J.R., Boot, W.R., Simons, D. J., & Most, S. B. (2012). A load on my mind: Evidence that anhedonic depression is like multi-tasking. Acta Psychologica, 139, 137-145.

Brown, L.A., Brockmole, J. R., Gow, A. J. (2012). Processing speed and visuo-spatial executive function predict visual working memory ability in older adults. Experimental Aging Research, 38, 1-19.

Davoli, C. C., & Brockmole, J.R. (2012). The hands shield attention from visual interference. Attention, Pereception, & Psycholphysics, 74, 1386-1390.

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Contact Information
Office: 127 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone : 574-631-7257