We explore human cognition with behavioral and neuroimaging studies. We are especially interested in different forms and mechanisms of learning in the domains of visual perception, performance, and decision-making. We are particularly interested in the roles of attention and reward processing in these domains. We conduct our MRI research at the new University of Delaware’s Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging.

Undergraduates interested in research: We are always looking for talented undergraduate researchers! If you’re interested in gaining research experience in our lab, please contact Dr. Vickery at tvickery@psych.udel.edu.


Fall 2016:

The lab welcomes Dr. Valerie Beck as a new postdoc. Valerie recently obtained her PhD from U. of Iowa. Welcome, Valerie!

Our lab is now a part of a multi-institutional grant from NSF. This $6 million EPSCOR infrastructure grant (PI: Dr. Jared Medina at UD) will fund undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and cross-institutional neuroscience research at University of Delaware, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Nevada-Reno. We are very excited to be a part of this grant!

The Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging at the University of Delaware opened in the Summer of 2016, and we were thrilled to be one of the first few research groups on campus to begin collecting MRI data at the new facility.

May 2016:

Honors student Sarah Sweigart successfully defended her honors thesis, and will start a lab manager position at the University of Oregon this summer. Congratulations, Sarah!

March 2016: 

 Our research on reward learning is now funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation! As part of this grant, we are looking to hire a postdoctoral researcher [update 5/2016: this position has been filled]. Please consider applying and let your colleagues know about this opportunity!

UD’s Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging will open on mid-April.

Fall 2015: Welcome new lab members! Three new graduate students join the lab this Fall. Su Hyoun Park comes to us from Yonsei University, Leeland Rogers comes to us from Villanova and Temple, and Greg Wade arrives from Penn State. We are thrilled to give a warm welcome to these talented researchers and look forward to a productive and exciting year!

Summer 2015: This summer we bid a sad farewell to our lab manager, Nick Angelides, who worked in the lab for a year and a half. Nick is headed to graduate school at UC-Berkeley, where he will study neuroeconomics. We also said goodbye to Kyle Friedman and Jared Beneroff, who both worked in the lab for over a year. Kyle presented his work at Vision Sciences Society 2015 before heading off to a research technician position at Albert Einstein Medical Center. We are very proud of the work that Nick, Kyle, and Jared did in the lab, and wish them all the best in their new positions!

MRI news: University of Delaware will soon acquire a Siemens 3T Magnetom Prisma for MRI research, to be housed in a new building located less than a block from the Psychological and Brain Sciences building. Construction is well under way on the new building, and on track for completion in January 2016.Scheduled opening is March 2016.

Summer 2014: Farewell and congratulations to former lab members Rachel Bristol, Jason Rubinstein, and Jamie Williams. Rachel served as a part-time lab manager and begins a PhD in Cognitive Science at UC-San Diego in the Fall. Jason and Jamie were undergraduate researchers in the lab, and will be joining graduate programs at Rutgers University and Palo Alto University, respectively. We are very proud of all of their work in the lab and wish them all the best of luck!

January 2014: The lab welcomes a new full-time lab manager, Nick Angelides. Nick has a B.A. in Linguistics & English from Rutgers and a MSt from Oxford University, where he studied neurolinguistics. Nick’s primary role in the lab will be to manage and conduct our fMRI research at UMD-College Park. Welcome, Nick!

August 2013: fMRI research has commenced at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.