Dr Robert Schmidt

Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield, Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield
S1 1HD, UK
Tel: (+44) 0114 222 6501
Email: robert.schmidt@sheffield.ac.uk
www.schmidt-lab.net                                                                                                                                        scholar.google.co.uk/citations


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.


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

Administrative Duties

Academic Chair of the Departmental Computing Committee
Member of the Research Computing Advisory Group
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (atypical entry qualifications)

PhD Students

Ali Aytemur (2nd supervisor)
John Brooke (2nd supervisor)
Adriel Chua


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles