Michael Paul Schallmo

Ph.D. 2014

E-mail: schal110@umn.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major/Degree:

University of Michigan; BS; Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science; 2009

Major Advisor(s):

Cheryl Olman, Ph.D.

Research Description:

I am interested in using neuroimaging techniques to better understand how neural systems process visual information. More specifically, my work is focused on the neural mechanisms of perceptual suppression in both healthy adults and those with schizophrenia. My current projects involve the use of very high resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and psychophysics, well as magnetic resonance spectroscopy and computational modeling. Link to Lab Website.

Lab Rotations:

  • Cheryl Olman
  • Angus MacDonald III
  • Geoff Ghose
  • Jose Pardo

Courses Taken Beyond the Core Courses:

  • PSY 5036W - Computational Vision
  • NSC 8217 - Systems and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
  • PSY 5063 - Introduction to Functional MRI
  • PSY 5065 - Functional Imaging: Hands on Training
  • MICA 8320 - Neurostatistics
  • PSY 5031W - Perception


  • Schallmo, M-P., Grant, A.N., Burton, P.C., Olman, C.A. (2016). The effects of orientation and attention during surround suppression of small image features: A 7 Tesla fMRI study. Journal of Vision. 16(10), 19, p. 1-21. PMC5015919
  • Olman CA, Bao P, Engel SA, Grant AN, Purington C, Qiu C, Schallmo MP, Tjan BS. Hemifield columns co-opt ocular dominance column structure in human achiasma. Neuroimage. 2016 Dec 23. pii: S1053-8119(16)30790-X.
  • Schallmo MP, Olman C, Sponheim S. Reduced Contextual Effects on Contrast Perception in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Affective Disorder. J Vis. 2015 Sep 1;15(12):553.
  • Schallmo, M-P., Sponheim, S.R., Olman, C.A. (2013). Abnormal contextual modulation of visual contour detection in patients with schizophrenia. PLOS ONE. 8(6), p. e68090.
  • Langenecker, S.A., Weisenbach, S.L., Giordani, B., Briceno, E.M., Guidotti, L.M., Schallmo, M-P., Leon, H.M., Noll, D.C., Zubieta, J-K, Schteingart, D.E., Starkman, M.N. (2012). Impact of Chronic Hypercortisolism on Affective Processing. Neuropharmacology, 62, p. 217-225.
  • Olman, C.A., Pickett, K.A., Schallmo, M-P., Kimberley, T.J. (2012). Selective BOLD responses to individual finger movement measured with fMRI at 3T. Human Brain Mapping. Epub Jun 14.
  • Vederman A.C., Weisenbach S.L., Rapport L.J., Leon H.M., Haase B.D., Franti L.M., Schallmo M-P., Saunders E.F., Kamali M.M., Zubieta J-K., Langenecker S.A., McInnis M.G. (2012). Modality-specific alterations in the perception of emotional stimuli in Bipolar Disorder compared to Healthy Controls and Major Depressive Disorder. Cortex. Epub May 11.
  • Schallmo, M-P., Walker, S.J., Weisenbach, S.L., Guidotti-Breting, L.M., Hazlett, K.E., Considine, C.M.., Sethi, G., Vats, N., Kassel, M.T., Pecina, M., Welsh, R.C., Starkman, M.N., Giordani, B., Langenecker, S.A. (in preparation). Parsing Functional Subcomponents of the Papez Circuit using a Semantic List Learning Task.

Conferences Attended and Presentations:

  • Society for Neuroscience - Fall 2009, 2011
  • Vision Sciences Society - Spring 2011, 2012

Awards and Honors:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • UMN Graduate Program in Neuroscience Poppele Prize
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship
  • Frederick M. Stark Travel Award - 2014
  • 2014 Vision Training Grant (T32) at the University of Washington

Home Town:

  • Farmington Hills, MI
Michael Paul Schallmo