Victoria Kazmerski, Ph.D.

Victoria Kazmerski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychology program and Applied Clinical Psychology M.A. program
113 Turnbull

Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. Kazmerski is a cognitive neuropsychologist who came to Penn State Erie in 1995. She has mentored hundreds of students in the science of psychology. Dr. Kazmerski earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Courses Taught

  • EDTHP 497E
  • PSU007, First Year Seminar - Applications of Psychology
  • PSYCH 100 / PSY 002, Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 260A/PSY 203, Neurological Bases of Human Behavior
  • PSYCH 301W/PSY 201W, Basic Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYCH 406W/ PSYCH 431W, Advanced Research Methods See Research Projects of Recent Classes: Spring 2007
  • PSYCH 413, Cognitive Development • PSYCH 476, Child Psychopathology
  • PSYCH 497G, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSY 204 & PSY 404, Conditioning and Learning
  • PSY 487, Health Psychology
  • PSY 474, Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • SPLED 496A, Independent Studies


  • The use of event-related brain potentials in the study of memory, language, and attention 
  • Effects of aging on processing of non-literal language 
  • Implicit memory and attention in Alzheimer's disease and normal aging 
  • Processing deficits in reading disabilities and ADHD 
  • The use of computers and technology in improving teaching of psychology research methods

Dr. Kazmerski is a cognitive neuropsychologist who's current research projects are on investigating electrophysiological correlates of non-literal language such as sarcasm and metaphor, long-term consequences of concussions, and effects of multitasking on attention. She is also interested in age-related cognitive changes. She has applied her knowledge of cognition in many outreach settings such as teacher training, mentoring high school science fair projects, and in developing effective K-8 science instruction.

Saying what you don't mean: A cross-cultural study of perceptions of sarcasm, Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology - 2021
Collaborators: Dawn Blasko; Shariffah Sheik Dawood

An Introduction to the Science of Learning - December 30, 2020

Courses with Embedded International Travel Enhance a Global Perspective on Psychology - 2018
Collaborators: Dawn Blasko, Co-Author; Heather Lum, Co-Author

Emphasizing the Science of Psychology: Using Physiological Demonstrations in Lower-level Psychology Classes - 2018
Collaborators: Heather Lum, Co-Author; Carol Wilson, Co-Author

Research and Culture 6,514 Miles from Home: The Student Learning Perspective on Embedded Travel - 2018
Collaborators: Grace Waldfogle, Co-Author; Jacob Benedict, Co-Author; Dawn Blasko, Co-Author; Heather Lum, Co-Author

ERP correlates of individual differences in the comprehension of nonliteral language, Metaphor and Symbol - 2006
Collaborator: D.G. Blasko

Saying what you don’t mean: Social influences on language processing, Current Directions in Psychological Science - 2005
Collaborators: A. Katz; D.G. Blasko

Teaching observational research with multimedia courseware, Behavior Research Methods Instruments & Computers - 2004
Collaborators: D.G. Blasko; C. Torgerson

ERP and behavioral evidence of individual differences in metaphor comprehension, Memory & Cognition - 2003
Collaborators: D.G. Blasko; B. Dessalegn

Scaffolding students from knowing to applying: Using COR to teach observational research methods, Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-enhanced learning - 2003
Collaborators: C. Torgerson; D.G. Blasko; J. Cornwell

Teaching observational research in introductory psychology: Computerized and lecture based methods - 2001
Collaborator: D.G. Blasko

Teaching observational research in introductory psychology: Computerized and lecture based methods, Teaching of Psychology - 1999
Collaborator: D.G. Blasko

Courseware for Observational Research [COR]: A new approach to teaching naturalistic observation, Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation - 1998
Collaborators: D. Blasko; E. Corty; C. Kallgren

Effects of aging on the novelty P3 during attend and ignore oddball tasks, Psychophysiology - 1998
Collaborators: D. Friedman; Y. Cycowicz

The scalp topography of P3b in early Alzheimer's disease, Journal of Psychophysiology - 1998
Collaborator: D. Friedman

An overview of age-related changes in the scalp distribution of P3b, Electroencepholograpy and Clinical Neurophysiology - 1997
Collaborators: D. Friedman; M. Fabiani

Auditory ERPs during rhyme and semantic processing: Effects of reading ability in college students - 1997
Collaborators: D. Lovrich; J. Cheng; D. Velting

Old/new differences in direct and indirect memory tests using pictures and words in within- and cross-form conditions: Event-related potential and behavioral measures , Cognitive Brain Research - 1997
Collaborator: D. Friedman

The effect of multiple presentations of words on the ERP and reaction time repetition effect in Alzheimer’s patients and young and older controls, Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, and Behavioral Neurology - 1997
Collaborator: D. Friedman

The mismatch negativity during attend and ignore conditions in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and young and older controls, Biological Psychiatry - 1997
Collaborators: D. Friedman; W. Ritter

Naming norms for brief environmental sounds: Effects of age and dementia, Psychophysiology - 1996
Collaborators: M. Fabiani; Y. Cycowicz; D. Friedman

Repetition of novel stimuli in an ERP oddball paradigm: Aging effects, Journal of Psychophysiology - 1995
Collaborator: D. Friedman

The ERP repetition effect in Alzheimer's patients: Multiple repetition priming with pictures, Aging & Cognition - 1995
Collaborators: D. Friedman; S. Hewitt

A developmental study of visual ERP distributions during spatial and phonetic processing, Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology - 1994
Collaborators: j. Cheng; M. Geisler; D. Lovrich

Event-related potential asymmetries in children during pattern and phonemic processing of letters, International Journal of Neuroscience - 1993
Collaborator: D. Lovrich

Ph D, Psychology, Stony Brook University

MA, Psychology, Stony Brook University

MS, Special Education , Bank Street College of Education

BA, Psychology, New College