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


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 teach on the following modules:

PSY259 Psychological Concepts and Skills
PSY303 Neural Basis of Learning and Development
PSY311 Extended Essay in Psychology
PSY346 Research Project in Psychology
PSY6309 Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills
PSY6315 Current Issues in Systems Neuroscience

ACE0349 Extended Project
MED624 Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology & Neuropsychiatry

Administrative Duties

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (atypical entry qualifications)
Member of the Research Computing Advisory Group

PhD Students

Ali Aytemur (2nd supervisor)
Lars Hunger
Alehandro Jimenez
Sam Linton (2nd supervisor)
Amin Mirzaei (University of Freiburg)
Mohammad Mohagheghi Nejad (University of Freiburg)


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

Journal articles