Andrew M. Herbert, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, RIT


My research interests are varied. I have examined different visual illusions, spent a lot of time trying to understand the perception of structure in the world (focusing on bilateral symmetry detection), and I am interested in the timing and locus of different perceptual and cognitive processes.

In the past I have done research on the perception of faces and facial expressions. This includes work with various students on the relative salience of different facial expressions, and stems from work completed by Dr. Paula Beall (now at the University of Denver). Paula completed her Ph.D. with me examining a modified Stroop task to assess the automaticity of facial expression processing (see publications below).

I collaborate with Dr. Jeff Pelz in the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Lab (MVR Lab) housed in the Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT. This interdisciplinary lab hosts researchers in Psychology, Imaging Science, IT and the NTID. We are examining eye movements during change detection and responses to emotional faces among other things. I have a longstanding interest in how we perceive colour and objects, and I will pursue research in these areas at some point. 

In recent years I’ve been collaborating with Dr. Zaira Cattaneo of the Department of Psychology, University of Milano, Milan, Italy. We’ve been exploring cortical activity related to symmetry detection using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), fMRI and some special populations. This work is related to my studies of bilateral symmetry detection, and I’m learning how fMRI and TMS work!

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, then after a brief hiatus I completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario in Psychology. I worked with the late (and sorely missed) Keith Humphrey on a variety of projects over my graduate career. I spent two years working with Daphne McCulloch and Eric Brodie at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Then I worked with Jocelyn Faubert at the University of Montreal. I spent three years at the University of North Texas, running the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in the Department of Psychology there.

I have been at RIT since 2002. In December, 2008 I took over as Chair of the Department of Psychology. For more information on our Department, please go to the RIT Psychology page.

Publications

Bona, S., Herbert, A., Toneatto, C., Silvanto, J., & Cattaneo, Z. (2014). The causal role of the lateral occipital complex in visual mirror symmetry detection and grouping: an fMRI-guided TMS study. Cortex, 51, 46-55.


Bohannon, L. S., Herbert, A. M., Pelz, J. B. & Rantanen, E. M. (2013). Eye contact and video-mediated communication: A review. Displays, 34, 177-185. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.displa.2012.10.009


Cattaneo, Z., Vecchi, T., Fantino, M., Herbert, A. M., & Merabet, L. B. (2013). The effect of vertical and horizontal symmetry on memory for tactile patterns in late blind individuals. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75, 375-382.  DOI 10.3758/s13414-012-0393-x 


Cattaneo, Z., Mattavelli, G., Papagno, C., Herbert, A. M., & Silvanto, J. (2011). The role of the human extrastriate visual cortex in mirror symmetry discrimination: A TMS-adaptation study. Brain and Cognition, 77, 120-177. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2011.04.007 


Purvis, K. B., Parris, S. R., Razuri, E. B., Cross, D. R., Herbert, A. M., Reed, K. L., & Terry, T. (2011). Adopted Children's Emotion Recognition Abilities, in Adoption Factbook V, National Council for Adoption., pp. 485-489.


Beall, P. M. & Herbert, A. M. (2008). The face wins: Stronger automatic processing of affect in facial expressions than words in a modified Stroop task, Cognition & Emotion, 22, 1613-1642.

McCulloch, D. L., Bradnam, M. S., Day, R. E., Dutton, A. M., Herbert, A. M., Mackie, R. T., McDaid, G. J., Napier, A., Phillips, S., Saunders, K. J., & Shepherd, A. J. (2007). A visual skills inventory for children with neurological impairments. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 49, 757-763.

Herbert, A. M. (2007). How I Teach Experimental Psychology. in "Developing & Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Practices." edited by Karukstis, K. K. & Elgren, T. E.. Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, DC. pp. 113-115.

Herbert, A. M., Beall, P. M., & Faubert, J. (2005). Ambiguous depth planes: Perceiving depth from motion. Perception, 34, 757-759.

Henderson, R. M., McCulloch, D. L., & Herbert, A. M. (2003). Event-related potentials (ERPs) to schematic faces in adults and children. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 51, 59-67.

Herbert, A. M., Overbury, O., Singh, J. & Faubert, J. (2002). Aging and bilateral symmetry detection. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 57B, P241-P245.

Henderson, R. M., McCulloch, D. L., Herbert, A. M., Robinson, P. H., & Taylor, M. J. (2000). Visual event-related potentials in children with phenylketonuria. Acta Paediatrica, 89, 52-57.

Herbert, A. M., Brodie, E. E., & Faichney, A. (1999). Assessment of cognitive changes following coronary artery bypass surgery. Coronary Health Care, 3, 145-152.

Barrett, B. T., Whitaker, D., McGraw, P. V., & Herbert, A. M. (1999). Discriminating mirror symmetry in foveal and extra-foveal vision. Vision Research, 39, 3737-3744.

Faubert, J., & Herbert, A. M. (1999). The peripheral drift illusion: A motion illusion in the visual periphery. Perception, 28, 617-622.

Herbert, A. M., Gordon, G. E., & McCulloch, D. L. (1998). A "passive" event-related potential? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 28, 11-21.

Dakin, S. C. & Herbert, A. M. (1998). The spatial region of integration for visual symmetry detection. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Series B), 265, 659-664.

Gurnsey, R, Herbert, A. M., & Kenemy, J. (1998). Bilateral symmetry embedded in noise is detected accurately only at fixation. Vision Research, 38, 3795-3803.

Humphrey, G. K., Herbert, A. M., Hazlewood, S., & Stewart, J. A. D. (1998). The indirect McCollough effect: An examination of an associative account. Perception & Psychophysics, 60, 1188-1196.

Ridder, W. H. III, McCulloch, D., & Herbert, A. M. (1998). Stimulus duration, neural adaptation, and sweep visual evoked potential acuity estimates. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 39, 2759-2768.

Herbert, A. M., & Humphrey, G. K. (1996). Bilateral symmetry detection: Examining a "callosal" hypothesis. Perception, 25, 463-480.

Humphrey, G. K., Symons, L. A., Herbert, A. M., & Goodale, M. A. (1996). A neurological dissociation between shape from shading and shape from edges. Behavioural Brain Research, 76, 117-125.

Herbert, A. M., Humphrey, G. K., & Jolicoeur, P. (1994). The detection of bilateral symmetry: Effects of surrounding frames. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 48, 140-148.

Humphrey, G. K., Herbert, A. M., Symons, L. A., & Kara, S. (1994). McCollough Effect to "form": A local phenomenon. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 123, 86-90.

Humphrey, G. K., Skowbo, D., Symons, L. A., Herbert, A. M., & Grant, C. (1994). Text-contingent color-aftereffects: A re-examination. Perception and Psychophysics, 56, 405-413.

Herbert, A. M. (1993). Cochlear implants: What they are, how they work, and what they tell us. Western Journal of Graduate Research, 4,66-78.


Conference Presentations

Baschnagel, J.S. & Herbert, A.M. (2011). Designing a paradigm for the analysis of consumer experience using mobile eye-tracking and psychophysiology. Presented at the CEIS Unversity Technology Showcase, April 6, 2011, Rochester, NY.

Schenkel, L. S., Lajudice, C., Towne, T., Walders, K., Bigelow, J., Burnash, D., Herbert, A. M. & Pelz, J. (2010). Atypical Visual Scanning for Emotional Faces and Social-Cognitive Impairments in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in New York, NY, Oct. 26-31 2010.

Wagner, S. M., Schenkel, L.S., Burton, M. M., Towne, T. L., Herbert, A. M., & Pelz, J. B. (2009). Analysis of visual scanning using eye tracking during facial emotion recognition tasks in adults with manic and depressive symptoms. Presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, August, 2009, RIT, Rochester, NY.

Pelz, J. B., Purington, J., Herbert, A. M. (2009). Travel gaze? Re-examining gaze behavior during locomotion. Presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, May, 2009, Naples, FL.

Stefano, L. & Herbert, A. M. (2008). Screen versus hard-copy: Reading faster from and LCD Monitor than paper. Presented at the annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory Symposium at The Psychonomic Society Meeting, November, 2008, Chicago, IL.

Herbert, A. M., Stefano, L., Conley, T. L. & Pelz, J. B. (2008). Re-examining the preferential detection of negative stimuli: Better performance for positive faces. Presented at the Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting, October, 2008, Rochester, NY.

Purington, J. T., Pelz, J. B., & Herbert, A. M. (2008). Re-examining gaze behavior during locomotion. Presented at the Schmitt Neuroscience Symposium: Sensory Integration in Navigation and Communication, October, 2008, Rochester, NY.

Conley, T. L., Pelz, J. B., & Herbert, A. M. (2007). Change blindness and target saliency. Presented at the 16th Annual RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium, August, 2007.

Herbert, A. M., Pelz, J. B., Calderwood, L., Cook, M., Curtis, M., DeAngelis, C. & Garrison, B. (2006). Searching for symmetry: Eye movements during a difficult symmetry detection task. Presented at the Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting, October, 2006, Rochester, NY.

Louten, C. J., Pelz, J. B., Herbert, A. M., & Rosen, M. R. (2006). Eye-tracking studies in visual search and image-based cueing. Presented at International Congress of Imaging Science, Rochester, NY, May 2006.

Herbert, A. M., Pelz, J. B., Cutter, A. B., Smagner, J. L., Flickner, A. E., & Louten, C. J. (2005). Eye movements during symmetry detection. Presented at the annual meeting of the Object Perception, Attention and Memory Symposium at The Psychonomic Society Meeting, November 10, 2005, Toronto, ON.

Herbert, A. M., Purvis, K. B., & Cross, D. R. (2004). Facial expression recognition in a sample of neglected children [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(11), 55a, http://journalofvision.org/4/11/55/, doi:10.1167/4.11.55.

Beall, P. M. & Herbert, A. M. (2004). Central and lateral automatic processing of facial expressions examined using a modified Stroop task. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotions, June 2004, New York, NY.

Herbert, A. M., & Stupak, N. J. (2003). Detecting bilateral symmetry in patterns containing blank regions or noise - further study of the region of integration. Presented at the CVS 40th Anniversary Celelbration, University of Rochester, October, 2003, Rochester, NY.

Beall, P. M. & Herbert, A. M. (2002).Stroop-like interference between positive and negative facial expressions and words.Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, June, 2002, New Orleans, LA.

Herbert, A.M., Nodsle, R. & Williford, C. S. (2002). Detecting symmetry rotated in depth. Poster presented to the Vision Sciences Society meeting, May, 2002, Sarasota, FL.

Herbert, A. M., Beall, P. M., Terry, T. J., Purvis, K., Swan, M., & Cross, D. (2001) Recognizing Emotions: Responses of a Population of Postinstitutionalized Adopted Children. Presented at the 12th Annual meeting of the Association for Research in Memory, Attention, Decision-making, Intelligence, Language, Learning, and Organizational perception, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

Beall, P. M. & Herbert, A. M. (2001). A Stroop analogue task: Words versus facial expressions. Presented at the Vision Sciences Society Meeting, May, 2001, Sarasota, FL.

Herbert, A. M., Terry, T. J. & Beall, P. M. (2001). Practice effects in symmetry detection. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 2001, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 42(4), S615)..

Herbert, A. M. & Beall, P. M. (2000) Event-related potentials during bilateral symmetry detection. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 2000, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 41(4), S219).

Henderson, R. M., McCulloch, D. L., Herbert, A. M., & Taylor, M. (1999). Electrophysiological correlates of visual discrimination in children. Presented at the meeting of the Children's Vision Research Society, June, 1999, London, UK.

Herbert, A. M. & Faubert, J. (1999). Effects of age, symmetry and elongation on perceived orientation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1999, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 40(4), S359).

Overbury, O., Singh, J., Herbert, A. M., & Faubert, J. (1999).Bilateral symmetry detection and aging. Poster presented at the annualmeeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May,1999, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology &Visual Science, 40(4), S411).

Gurnsey, R., Herbert, A. M., & Nguyen-Tri, D. (1998). Bilateral symmetry is not detected in parallel. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, June, 1998, Ottawa, Ont.

Herbert, A. M. & Faubert, J. (1998). Detecting bilateral symmetry in patterns containing blank regions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1998, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 39(4), S169).

Faubert, J. & Herbert, A. M. (1998). A motion illusion in the visual periphery. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1998, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 39(4), S1074).

Ridder, W. H. III, McCulloch, D., & Herbert, A. (1997) Neural adaptation does not affect Sweep VEP acuity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, December, 1997, San Antonio, Texas.

Gurnsey, R., Poirier, F. J. A. M., Herbert, A. M., & Kenemy, J. (1997). Symmetry and cortical magnification. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May,1997, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Published in Investigative Ophthalmology &Visual Science, 38(4), S637).

Herbert, A. M., Faubert, J., & Humphrey, G. K. (1997). Bilateral symmetry detection as a function of eccentricity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1997, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Investigative Ophthalmology & VisualScience, 38(4), S638).

Henderson, R. H., McCulloch, D. L., Herbert, A. M., Robinson, P. H., & Taylor, M. J. (1997). Visual evoked potentials in children with phenylketonuria. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1997, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38(4), S995).

Ridder, W. H. III, McCulloch, D., & Herbert, A. M. (1997). Theeffect of stimulus duration on sweep VEP acuity estimates. Poster presentedat the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1997, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38(4), S992).

Barrett, B. T., & Herbert, A. M. (1996). Symmetry detection inamblyopia. Presented at BUCOVS II, Sept. 1996, Cardiff, Wales.

Herbert, A. M., & McCulloch, D. L. (1996) The prediction of grating acuity using steady state and swept visual evoked potentials. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, April, 1996, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 37(4), S1072).

McCulloch, D. L., Boyd, G. J., Day, R. E., Dutton, G. N., Bradnam,M. S., Herbert, A. M., Mackie, R. T., Napier, A., Phillips, S., Saunders, K. J., & Shepherd, A. J. (1996). Assessment of a visual skills questionnaire for neurologically impaired children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, April, 1996, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 37(4), S704).

Herbert A., Tessier S., Pettigrew L., Gordon G., Wilson E., Faichney A., & Brodie E. (1995) Effects of coronary artery bypass surgery onattention and perceptual processing. Poster presented at the European Conferenceon Visual Perception, August, 1995, Tübingen, Germany (Perception,24, S51).

Herbert, A. M., Gordon, G. E., & McCulloch, D. L. (1995). Visual event-related potentials (ERPs) and attention: Comparison of 'Active' and 'Passive' tasks. Presented at the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision 33rd Symposium, June, 1995, Athens, Greece.

Gordon, G. E., Herbert, A. M., & McCulloch, D. L. (1995). Effect of task on the visual P300. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1995, Ft.Lauderdale, FL (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 36(4),S374).

Herbert, A. M. & Humphrey, G. K. (1995). Bilateral symmetry detection: Vertical symmetry and the midline. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society meeting, April, 1995, Cambridge University, UK.

Herbert, A. M., Symons, L. A., Kara, S., & Humphrey, G. K. (1993). McCollough Effect to form: A local phenomenon. Conference presentationat the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour andCognitive Science, July, 1993, Toronto, Ontario.

Symons, L. A., Humphrey, G. K., Herbert, A. M., Skowbo, D., & Grant, C. (1993). The colour aftereffect contingent on text: Adaptation to local orientation. Conference presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, July, 1993, Toronto, Ontario.

Herbert, A. M., & Humphrey, G. K. (1993). Bilateral symmetry detection: Detectability as a function of axis orientation and eccentricity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, May, 1993, Sarasota, FL. (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 34(4), S1083).

Symons, L. A., Humphrey, G. K., Herbert, A. M., & Goodale, M. A. (1993, May). Region segregation in a visual form agnosic: Shading, colour, & orientation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, Sarasota, FL. (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 34(4), S1084).

Herbert, A. M., Humphrey, G. K., & Gurnsey, R. (1992). Symmetry: What's special about vertical? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, June,1992, Quebec City.

Herbert, A. M., & Humphrey, G. K. (1989). Effects of external structure on bilateral symmetry detection. Poster presented at the ITRC Student Conference, October, 1989, University of Waterloo.

Herbert, A. M., Humphrey, G. K., & Jolicoeur, P. (1989). Effects of visual reference frames on bilateral symmetry detection. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Meeting, May, 1989, Halifax. (Canadian Psychology, 30, 408).


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