Rob Roberts

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Psychology
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

Associate Professor

Professional Biography

Roberts joined the faculty in 1987. He received a PhD at the University of Virginia in 1984, an MA from University of Virginia in 1981, a BA from he University of Denver in 1976. He conducts research in perception-action skills, inhibition control and working memory. Roberts' research focuses on how real-time processes related to performing multiple actions interact and compete when determining what to do next. Small differences in timing can have important consequences, and understanding the contributions of working memory, inhibitory processes, and attention is critical in this regard. His laboratory employs eye-movement recording and analysis, as well as a variety of cognitive and perceptual research paradigms. Roberts has received funding for this work from NICHD, NSF, and NASA.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia, 1984
  • MA, Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia, 1981
  • BA, Psychology, University of Denver, 1976

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science

Research

Roberts conducts research in perception-action skills, inhibition control and working memory. Roberts' research focuses on how real-time processes related to performing multiple actions interact and compete when determining what to do next. Small differences in timing can have important consequences, and understanding the contributions of working memory, inhibitory processes, and attention is critical in this regard. His laboratory employs eye-movement recording and analysis, as well as a variety of cognitive and perceptual research paradigms. Roberts has received funding for this work from NICHD, NSF, and NASA.

Featured Publications

Garza, J., Reed, C., & Roberts, R. J. (1970). Attention Orienting Near the Hand Following Performed and Imagined Actions. Experimental Brain Research.
Garza, J., Reed, C., & Roberts, R. J. (1970). Attention Orienting Near the Hand Following Performed and Imagined Actions. Experimental Brain Research.