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Zachary Roper

Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Topics: Cognitive neuroscience of visual attention, comparative neurophysiology, quantum models of cognition, reward processing, perceptual load

Representative Publications

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Roper, Z. J. J. & Vecera, S. P. (2016). Funny money: The attentional role of monetary feedback detached from expected value. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(7), 2199-2212. doi:10.3758/s13414-016-1147-y

Roper, Z. J. J. & Vecera, S. P. (2015). Rewards shape attentional search modes. Visual Cognition, 23(7), 847-851. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2015.1093235

Roper, Z. J. J., Vecera, S. P., & Vaidya, J. (2014). Value-driven attentional capture in adolescence. Psychological Science, 25(11):1987-93. doi: 10.1177/0956797614545654
Press article: IowaNowAAA Adolescent Distracted Driving youtube video

Matsukura, M., Cosman, J. D., Roper, Z. J. J., Vatterott, D. B., & Vecera, S. P. (2014).Location-specific effects of attention during visual short-term memory maintenaince.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(3), 1103-1116. doi: 10.1037/a0035685

Vecera, S. P., Cosman, J. D., Vatterott, D. B., & Roper, Z. J. J. (2014). The control of visual attention: Toward a unified account. In B. H. Ross(Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 60, pp. 303-347). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-800090-8.00008-1

Roper, Z. J. J. & Vecera, S. P. (2014). Visual short-term memory load strengthens selective attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21(2), 549-556. doi:10.3758/s13423-013-0503-3

Roper, Z. J. J. & Vecera, S. P. (2013). Response terminated displays unload selective attention. Frontiers in Cognition, 4(967), 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00967

Roper, Z. J. J., Cosman, J. D., & Vecera, S. P. (2013). Perceptual load corresponds with factors known to influence visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(5), 1340-1351. doi: 10.1037/a0031616

Roper, Z. J. J. & Vecera, S. P. (2012). Searching for two things at once: Establishment of multiple attentional control settings on a trial-by-trial basis. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 1114-1121. doi: 10.3758/s13423-012-0297-8


2017 NIH F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sponsors Geoff Woodman and Jeff Schall

2016  NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Vanderbilt Vision Research Center