James R. Brockmole

James R. Brockmole

Professor and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Research, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Collegiate Chair

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

  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior



127 Haggar Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Visual Cognition Laboratory

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Professor Brockmole will be available to mentor graduate students in the fall


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. 

Recent Publications

Tatler, B. W., Brockmole, J. R., & Carpenter, R. H. S. (in press). LATEST: A model of saccadic decisions in space and time. Psychological Review.

Cronin, D. A., & Brockmole, J. R. (2016). Evaluating the influence of a fixated object’s spatio-temporal properties on gaze control. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 996-1003.

Costello, M. C., Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., Panting, N. D., Abrams, R. A., & Brockmole, J. R. (2015). Spatial representations in older adults are not modified by action: Evidence from Tool Use. Psychology and Aging, 30, 656-668.

Wright, T. J., Boot, W. R., & Brockmole, J. R. (2015). Functional fixedness: The functional significance of delayed disengagement based on attention set. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 17-21.

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, 75, 1715-1724.

Biggs, A. T., Stey, P., Davoli, C. C., Lapsley, D., & Brockmole, J. R. (2014). Knowing where to draw the line: Perceptual differences between risk-takers and non-risk-takers. PLoS ONE, 9, e91880.

Kelly, S. P., & Brockmole, J. R. (2014). Hand proximity differentially affects visual working memory for color and orientation in a binding task. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, Article 318.

Thomas, L. A., Davoli, C. C., & Brockmole, J. R. (2014). Competitive interaction leads to perceptual distancing between actors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 2112-2116.

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 to 75. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 12.

Chesney, D. L., McNeil, N. M., Brockmole, J. R., & Kelley, 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.

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