Bradley Gibson


Co-Chair Neuroscience and Behavior Major

E556 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Attention, Memory, and Perception Lab

Primary Area: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Research and teaching interests

Research: Perception of the Inner State of Body, Internal & External Attention, Memory for Time & Space, ADHD.

Teaching: Introductory Psychology, Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, Sensation & Perception, Perception & Attention, Quant Methods I 


Professor Gibson received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona. Following his graduate degree, he served a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Professor in the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Area of the Psychology Department at the University of Notre Dame where he has directed the Attention, Memory, and Perception (AMP) Laboratory since 1994.

He also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Neuroscience and Behavior Major and as the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology. Through these various academic roles, he has successfully mentored hundreds of undergraduate students and dozens of graduate students, from a variety of different backgrounds, over the past 29 years.

His research in perception has focused on the perception of both the inner state of the body, and the visual perception of the external world. His work in memory has focused on the role of space and time in the encoding of memories, and he has also examined the possibility of memory enhancement using computerized training regimens. His research in attention has spanned a number of topics including the control of attention, and visual search. His research has also included both typical and atypical (ADHD) populations.

Professor Gibson's past research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. In addition, he has also served as an Associate Editor for Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, and he is currently serving as a Consulting Editor for several other top journals in Psychology and Neuropsychology.


University of Arizona, 1992, Ph.D.
Colorado State University, 1982, B.S.

Approach to Mentoring

My mentoring mission is to build competence and confidence in experimental design, statistical analysis, and scientific communication, while also modeling the importance of maintaining a sense of balance between work and life. I also hope to foster a sense of excitement in the process of scientific discovery as I work side-by-side with students in the lab.

Representative Publications

Gibson, B.S., Trost, J.M., & Maxwell, S.E. (in press). "Top-down attention control does not imply voluntary attention control for all individuals." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Gibson, B.S., Healey, M.K., Schor, D., & Gondoli, D.M. (2021). "Time and space in the similarity structure of memory." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 28, 2003-2011.

Gibson, B.S., Pauszek, J.R., Trost, J.M., & Wenger, M.J. (2021). "The misrepresentation of spatial uncertainty in visual search: Single- vs. Joint-Distribution Probability Cues." Special Issue for Charles W. Eriksen. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 83, 603-623.

Schor, D., Brodersen, A.S. 1, & Gibson, B.S. (2020). "A model comparison approach reveals individual variation in the scope and control of attention." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 27, 1006-1013.

Gibson, B.S., Healey, M.K., & Gondoli, D.M. (2019). "ADHD reflects impaired externally directed and enhanced internally directed attention in the immediate free recall task." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128, 173-183.