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Andrew Herbert

Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4554
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Andrew Herbert

Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BS, McGill University (Canada); MA, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Bio

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. The list of publications you can see below on this page is very wrong. You should go to https://people.rit.edu/amhgss/ to see something slightly more accurate. 

Dr. Herbert’s work with students includes research on the perception of faces and facial expressions. 

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 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. From December 2008 to January 2017 Dr. Herbert was Chair of the Department of Psychology. He served as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts from 2017 to 2019. Now he's "just" a Professor..

For more paper and presentation details see: http://people.rit.edu/amhgss/

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

PSYC-715
3 Credits
The course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of topics in perception. This course will be organized such that students will work in groups on various projects as well as covering topics through readings and classroom discussion. The topics may include, but are not limited to: spatial frequency perception; aftereffects, visual illusions and their relationship to cortical function and pattern perception; color perception; depth and motion perception; higher order perception such as face and object recognition; and music and speech perception. The goal is to cover current research and theories in perception, looking at current developments and their antecedents. The course will be divided into various modules. Students will be assigned readings relevant to each section of the course, and will be expected to master the major concepts. Group discussion of the readings will complement lectures where the instructor will present relevant background material. There will also be laboratory time for the students, where they will examine empirical findings in perception, and develop their research skills in the field.
PSYC-250
3 Credits
This course will serve as an introduction to research methods in psychology, with the goal of understanding research design, analysis and writing. Topics include examining the variety of methods used in psychology research, understanding research eth-ics, developing empirical hypotheses, designing experiments, understanding statistical concepts, interpreting results, and writing research and review papers in APA style. This is a required course for all psychology majors, and is restricted to students in the psychology program.
PSYC-753
3 Credits
The Thesis courses will vary widely but will fulfill the work plan agreed by the student and the thesis adviser. The guiding principle of the Thesis course is to complete the thesis research proposed in Thesis Proposal. The Thesis course consists of carrying out the thesis research, including collection and analysis of data, and completion and public defense of the thesis document for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree.
PSYC-251
3 Credits
This course will serve as an advanced research methods course in psychology, and will build on the foundational knowledge presented in Research Methods I. Topics and tasks for this course include designing single and multi-factor experiments, interpreting correlational research, completing statistical analyses appropriate to design, completing and analyzing an IRB application, understanding observational and survey research, and presenting results in APA style. This is a required course for all psychology majors, and is restricted to students in the psychology program.
PSYC-224
3 Credits
This course covers perception in all of the sensory modalities (vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch). We will trace what happens to the physical stimulus as our sensory systems analyze it to produce complicated perceptions of the world around us. We will explore the fact that many complex perceptual phenomena draw upon explanations at the physiological, psychological, and cognitive levels. Topics on sensory perception in non-human animals may also be covered. This is a required course for psychology majors in the visual perception track.
PSYC-799
1 - 6 Credits
A program of study executed by an individual student with assistance and guidance by an instructor, outside a regular classroom setting. Guidelines for designing and gaining approval for an independent study are provided in College of Liberal Arts Policy I.D.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Sutton, Tina M., Andrew M. Herbert, and Dailyn Q. Clark. "Valence, Arousal, and Dominance Ratings for Facial Stimuli." Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 72. 8 (2019): 2046-2055. Print.
Herbert, A. M., et al. "The Casual Role of the Lateral Occipital Complex in Visual Mirror Symmetry Detection and Grouping: An fMRI-guided TMS Study." Cortex 51. (2014): 46-55. Web.
Cattaneo, Z., et al. "Symmetry Detection in Visual Impairment: Behavioral Evidence and Neural Correlates." Symmetry 6. (2014): 427-433. Print.
Herbert, A. M., et al. "Visual Symmetry Perception in Early Onset Monocular Blindness." Visual Cognition 22. (2014): 963-974. Print.
Herbert, Andrew, et al. "Eye Contact and Video-mediated Communication: A Review." Displays 34. 2 (2013): 177-185. Print.
Herbert, Andrew, et al. "The Effect of Vertical and Horizontal Symmetry on Memory for Tactile Patterns in Late Blind Individuals." Attention, Perception & Psychophysics 75. 2 (2013): 375-382. Print.
Bohannon, Leanne S., et al. "Eye Contact and Video-Mediated Communication: A Review." Displays 34. 2 (2015): 177--185. Print.
Bohannon, Leanne S., et al. "Eye Contact and Video-mediated Communication: A Review." Displays. (2012) Print.
Herbert, A.M. "Eye Contact and Video-Mediated Communication." Displays. (2012): Online. Web.
Herbert, A.M. "The Effect of Vertical and Horizontal Symmetry on Memory for Tactile Patterns in Late Blind Individuals." Attention, Perception & Psychophysics 75. 2 (2012): 375-82. Print.
Cattaneo, Z., et al. "The Role of the Human Extrastriate Visual Cortex in Mirror Symmetry Discrimination: A TMS-adaptation Study." Brain and Cognition 77. (2011): 120-127. Print.
Published Review
Herbert, Andrew M. "Book Review." Rev. of The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization, ed. J. Wagemans. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Mar. 2018: 71, 2479-2480. Print.