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Andrew M.
Professor/Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts

Ph.D., University of Western Ontario

(585) 475-4554

Spring 2165
By appointment.

Research Interests: 
Perception, Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Herbert’s research interests lie in visual perception and related fields. He has published on different visual illusions, spent a lot of time trying to understand the perception of bilateral symmetry, and is interested in the timing and cortical loci of different perceptual and cognitive processes. Recently, in collaboration with Zaira Catteneo (Milan) he has been examining cortical sites underlying human symmetry perception.

Dr. Herbert’s work with students includes research on the perception of faces and facial expressions. This includes examining 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. examining a modified Stroop task to assess the automaticity of facial expression processing (see publications below).

Dr. Herbert is a member of 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, computing and the NTID. Dr. Herbert has been examining eye movements during change detection and responses to emotional faces among other things.

Dr. Herbert received a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University in Montreal, specializing in neurobiology. He completed an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario in Psychology. His advisor was the late (and greatly missed) Keith Humphrey. Dr. Herbert was a postdoctoral fellow for two years at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland working with Daphne McCulloch (Vision Sciences) and Eric Brodie (Psychology). This was followed by a postDoc with Jocelyn Faubert at the Ecole d’Optométrie, Université de Montréal. His first faculty appointment was at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) in the Department of Psychology. He ran the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, and collaborated with colleagues at UNT and TCU.

Dr. Herbert has been at RIT since 2002. In December, 2008 he took over as Chair of the Department of Psychology. Since January 2017 he has served as Acting Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

For more paper and presentation details see:


Cattaneo, Z., Bona, S., Bauer, C., Silvanto, J., Herbert, A. M., Vecci, T., & Merabet, L. B. (2014). Symmetry detection in visual impairment: Behavioral evidence and neural correlates. Symetry, 6, 427-433. doi:10.3390/sym6020427

Cattaneo, Z., Bona, S., Monegato, M., Pece, A., Vecchi, T., Herbert, A. M., & Merabet, L. B. (2014). Visual symmetry perception in early onset monocular blindness. Visual Cognition, 22, 963-974.  DOI: 10.1080/13506285.2014.938712

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.

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

*student or former student co-author


Herbert, A. M., Baschnagel, J. B., Gordon, M. E., & McDonald, Z.* (2016). Augmented reality HUDs: Warning signs and driver situation awareness. Presented at the OSA Fall Vision Meeting, October, 2016, Rochester, NY.

Schenkel, L. S., Towne, T. L.*, Herbert, A. M., & Pelz, J. B. (2015). Errors in identifying emotion in body postures and facial expressions among youth with pediatric bipolar disorder. Presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, June, 2015, Toronto, Canada.

Wang, Y.*, Geigel, J., & Herbert, A. (2013). Reading Personality: Avatar vs. human faces. Submitted to SIGGRAPH 2013, July, Anaheim, CA.

Bona, S., Herbert, A., Toneatto, C., Silvanto, J., Cattaneo, Z. (2013). The right (but not the left) lateral occipital complex is causally implicated in visual mirror symmetry detection: An fMRIguided TMS study. Poster presented at the 5th International Conference on Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, 19-21 March, 2013, Leipzig, Germany.

Bona, S., Herbert, A., Toneatto, C., Silvanto, J., Cattaneo, Z. (2013). The right (but not the left) lateral occipital complex is causally implicated in visual mirror symmetry detection: an fMRIguided TMS study. Talk at the 31st European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, 20-25 January, Bressanone, Italy.