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 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
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (atypical entry qualifications)
Member of the Research Computing Advisory Group
Ali Aytemur (2nd supervisor)
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
- 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.