Dr Robert Schmidt

Department of Psychology


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Dr Robert Schmidt
Department of Psychology
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
S1 2LT
  • BSc (University of Osnabrueck)
  • MSc (University of Otago)
  • PhD (Humboldt University Berlin)
Research interests

We study neural mechanisms underlying action control. This includes how animals select “good” actions and suppress “bad” ones.

Specifically, we study how different circuits in the basal ganglia contribute to the control of actions and how this can be modulated by e.g. dopamine or oscillations.

In my lab we develop computational models of neuronal activity and combine them with electrophysiological data in close collaboration with experimental labs.


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PhD students

  • Adriel Chua - Oscillations and ramping activity in the basal ganglia
  • John Brooke (2nd supervisor) - Geometry and dynamics of cortical tessellation
  • Giulia Corniani (2nd supervisor) - A spiking model of realistic human tactile interactions
Teaching activities
  • PSY1002 Cognitive Psychology I
  • PSY2002 Cognitive Psychology II
  • PSY303 Neural Basis of Learning and Development
  • PSY311 Extended Essay in Psychology
  • PSY346 Research Project in Psychology
  • PSY6307 Computational Neuroscience I
  • PSY6309 Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills
  • PSY6315 Current Issues in Systems Neuroscience
  • PSY6431 Research Project in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • ACE0349 Extended Project in Psychology
  • MED624 Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology & Neuropsychiatry
Professional activities
  • Co-chair of the Departmental Ethics Sub-Committee
  • Chair of the Departmental Computing Committee
  • Member of the Research Computing Advisory Group
  • Member of the Research Governance Sub Committee