Joseph Pauszek

Joseph R. Pauszek, Ph.D.

Scientist
Human Factors
Phoenix

Dr. Pauszek is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in attention, memory, perception, decision making, and information processing. He has experience with a wide range of behavioral and neurophysiological research methodologies and statistical analyses. He is a member of Exponent’s Phoenix User Research Center (PURC), where he currently supports studies evaluating the health and safety and user experience of product prototypes and products in the market.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Pauszek completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, where he investigated rational decision making, mental effort minimization, and the control of visuospatial attention. His primary line of research evaluated pupillometry and eyeblink rates via eye-tracking to shed light on the cognitive processes which allow observers to effectively control the focus of their attention. He has also worked on a large-scale working memory training study and investigated the ways in which visual attention operates under conditions of acute psychological stress.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2019
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2017
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Dayton, 2014

Publications

Bowman, M.A., Cunningham T.J., Levin-Aspenson, H.F., O’Rear, A.E., Pauszek, J.R., Ellickson-Larew, S.A., Martinez, B.S., & Payne, J.D. (in press). Anxious, but not depressive, symptoms are associated with poorer prospective memory performance in healthy college students: Preliminary evidence using the tripartite model of anxiety and depression. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Pauszek, J.R., & Gibson, B.S. (in press). Dealing with distractors in the spatial cueing paradigm can reflect the strategic influence of cognitive effort minimization rather than a limit to selective attention. Visual Cognition.

Pauszek, J.R., & Gibson, B.S. (2018). The least costs hypothesis: A rational analysis approach to the voluntary symbolic control of attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; 44(8): 1199-1215.

Ralph, K.J., Gibson, B.S., Gondoli, D.M., Sztybel, P., Pauszek, J.R., Miller, R.W., & Litzow, E. (2017). Targeting the three stages of retrieval from secondary memory in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized working memory training study. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement; 1(4): 455-477.

Pauszek, J.R., Sztybel, P., & Gibson, B.S. (2017). Evaluating Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for psychological research on the symbolic control of attention. Behavior Research Methods; 49(6): 1969-1983.

Pauszek, J.R., & Gibson, B.S. (2016). High spatial validity is not sufficient to elicit voluntary shifts of attention. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; 78(7), 2110-2123.

Presentations

Pauszek, J.R., & Gibson, B.S. The role of cognitive effort minimization in voluntary attention control. Poster presentation, Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory, New Orleans, LA, 2018.

Ralph. K.J., Gibson, B.S., Gondoli, D.M., Sztybel, P., Pauszek, J.R., Miller, R.W., & Litzow, E. Targeting the three stages of retrieval from secondary memory in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized working memory training study. Poster presentation, Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, CA, 2018.

Pauszek, J.R., & Gibson, B.S. A rational analysis account of voluntary symbolic attention control. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg, FL, 2018.

Pauszek, J.R. Pick a card, any card: A new perspective on the voluntary control of attention. Paper presentation, University of Notre Dame: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Meeting, Notre Dame, IN, 2018.

Ralph, K.J., Gibson, B.S., Gondoli, D.M., Sztybel, P., Pauszek, J.R., Miller, R.W., & Litzow, E. Improvements in the recovery of information from secondary memory, but not fluid IQ in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized working memory training study. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC, 2017.

Pauszek, J.R. Left isn’t always right: Reevaluating a taxonomy of spatial cues. Paper presentation, University of Notre Dame: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Meeting, Notre Dame, IN, 2017.

Pauszek, J.R. Look both ways: Incorporating visual asymmetries into a semantic-based theory of the symbolic control of attention. Paper presentation, University of Notre Dame: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Meeting, Notre Dame, IN, 2016.

Gibson, B.S., Szytbel, P., Pauszek, J.R., Ralph, K.J., & Nguyen, T.T. Putting space back in the spatial cuing paradigm. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL, 2015.

Davis, S.T., Kershaw, C., Pauszek, J.R., & Wright, M. Detecting changes in other’s emotions: Evidence from eye movements, personality, and unaware memory. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL, 2015.

Pauszek, J.R., & Gibson, B.S. Voluntary symbolic control of attention: High spatial validity is not sufficient. Poster presentation, Annual Workshop of Object Perception, Attention, and Memory, Chicago, IL, 2015.

Pauszek, J.R. A soft constraints account of the voluntary symbolic control of attention. Paper presentation, University of Notre Dame: Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Meeting, Notre Dame, IN, 2015.

Schwob, J.T., Pauszek, J.R., Oduwole, P., Gallup, K., Flannery, J., Davis, S.T., & Wagoner, S. Empathy and social awareness affect change detection of emotional expression. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 2014.

Pauszek, J.R., Schwob, J.T., Brown, M.R., & Davis, S.T. Empathy and social awareness impact detection of change in emotional expression. Poster presentation, Butler University: Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2014.

Pauszek, J.R. It’s snowing: A new outlook on motion-induced blindness. Poster presentation, The Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium for Academic Excellence, Dayton, OH, 2014.

Pauszek, J.R., Schwob, J.T., Ballenger, A., Brown, M.R., Wright, M., Gallup, K., Vidic, Z., Oduwole, P., Wagoner, S., & Davis, S.T. The impact of social awareness, empathy, and confidence on blindness to change in facial emotions. The Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium for Academic Excellence, Dayton, OH, 2014.

Pauszek, J.R. It’s snowing: A new outlook on motion-induced blindness. Poster presentation, The Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium for Academic Excellence, Dayton, OH, 2013.

Oduwole, P., Flannery, J., Schwob, J.T., Pauszek, J.R., Gallup, K., Ballenger, A., Vidic, Z., & Brown, M.T. Empathy affects change detection of emotional expression. Poster presentation, University of Dayton: Social Sciences Symposium, Dayton, OH, 2013.

Schwob, K.T., Pauszek, J.R., Brown, M.R., & Oduwole, P. The impact of social awareness, empathy, and confidence on blindness to change in facial emotions. Poster presentation, The Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium for Academic Excellence, Dayton, OH, 2013.

Prior Experience

Independent Contractor, ProMazo, 2018

Attention, Memory, and Perception Lab Manager, University of Notre Dame, 2017-2019

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Notre Dame, 2014-2019

Academic Appointments

Graduate Instructor of Record, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2017

Professional Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science

Psychonomic Society

Vision Sciences Society

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

PLoS ONE

Psychological Research

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2019
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2017
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Dayton, 2014