Eric Schumacher

Cognitive control refers to the set of processes by which we direct our actions toward a specific goal. At the most basic level, control processes allow us to translate a presented stimulus into an appropriate motor action. However, these processes and representations quickly become more complex when trying to understand more involved behaviors such as learning peoples names or watching and understanding films. Research in our lab investigates both the cognitive and the neuroscientific aspects of the processes and representations required to carry out flexible behavior across a wide variety of domains.

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Cognitive Neuroscience at Tech Research Laboratory
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Ph.D. (1998) Psychology Cognitive Science & Cognitive Neuroscience University of Michigan

Selected Publications: 
  • Bezdek, M. A., Gerrig, R. J., Wenzel, W. G., Shin, J., Pirog-Revill, K., Kumar, A., & Schumacher, E. H. (2015). Narrative transportation suppresses processing of the peripheral visual field: neural evidence that transportation narrows attentional focus. Neuroscience, 303, 338-345.
  • Dmochowski, J.P., Bezdek, M.A., Abelson, B.P., Johnson, J.S., Schumacher, E. H.  & Parra, L.C. (2014). Audience preferences are predicted by temporal reliability of neural processing. Nature Communications, 5, 1-9.
  • Thompson, G. J., Magnuson, M. E., Merritt, M. D., Schwarb, H., Pan, W-J., McKinley, A., Tripp, L. D. Schumacher, E. H., & Keilholz, S. D. (2013). Short time windows of correlation between large scale functional brain networks predict vigilance intra-individually and inter-individually. Human Brain Mapping. 34(12), 3280-3298.       
  • Schwarb, H. & Schumacher, E. H. (2012). Generalized lessons about sequence learning from the serial reaction time task. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 8(2), 165-178.   
  • Hazeltine, E., Lightman, E. J., Schwarb, H. & Schumacher, E. H. (2011). The boundaries of sequential modulations: Evidence for set-level control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37(6), 1898-1914.  
  • Schumacher, E. H., Schwarb, H., Lightman, E. J., & Hazeltine, E. (2011). Investigating the modality specificity of response selection using a temporal flanker task. Psychological Research, 75(6), 499-512.
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