Dr Robert Schmidt
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield, Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield
S1 1HD, UK
Tel: (+44) 0114 222 6501
BSc (University of Osnabrueck)
MSc (University of Otago)
PhD (Humboldt University Berlin)
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.
I currently teach on the following modules:
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
Academic Chair of the Departmental Computing Committee
Member of the Research Computing Advisory Group
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (atypical entry qualifications)
Ali Aytemur (2nd supervisor)
John Brooke (2nd supervisor)
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here
- Schmidt R, Herrojo Ruiz M, Kilavik B, Lundqvist M, Starr P & Aron A (2019) Beta oscillations in working memory, executive control of movement and thought, and sensorimotor function. The Journal of Neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 39(42), 8231-8238. View this article in WRRO
- Mirzaei A, Kumar A, Leventhal D, Mallet N, Aertsen A, Berke JD & Schmidt R (2017) Sensorimotor Processing in the Basal Ganglia Leads to Transient Beta Oscillations during Behavior. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 37(46), 11220-11232. View this article in WRRO
- Schmidt R & Berke JD (2017) A Pause-then-Cancel model of stopping: evidence from basal ganglia neurophysiology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372. View this article in WRRO
- Mallet N, Schmidt R, Leventhal D, Chen F, Amer N, Boraud T & Berke JD (2016) Arkypallidal Cells Send a Stop Signal to Striatum. Neuron, 89(2), 308-316.
- Schmidt R, Leventhal DK, Mallet N, Chen F & Berke JD (2013) Canceling actions involves a race between basal ganglia pathways. Nature Neuroscience, 16(8), 1118-1124.
- Hagen EH, Sullivan RJ, Schmidt R, Morris G, Kempter R & Hammerstein P (2009) Ecology and neurobiology of toxin avoidance and the paradox of drug reward. Neuroscience, 160(1), 69-84.
- Pan W-X, Schmidt R, Wickens JR & Hyland BI (2005) Dopamine Cells Respond to Predicted Events during Classical Conditioning: Evidence for Eligibility Traces in the Reward-Learning Network. Journal of Neuroscience, 25(26), 6235-6242.
- Hunger L, Kumar A & Schmidt R () Abundance compensates kinetics: Similar effect of dopamine signals on D1 and D2 receptor populations. Journal of Neuroscience.