Faculty


Irving Biederman

Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences and Professor of Psychology and Computer Science
Co-Director

Contact Information
E-mail: bieder@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-6094
Office: HNB 316

LINKS
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
Personal Website
 

Biographical Sketch

Education

  • Ph.D. , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1/1966

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Fesler-Lampert Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, University of Minnesota, 09/01/1987-07/31/1991  
    • Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 09/01/1973-08/31/1987  
    • Associate Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 09/01/1971-08/31/1973  
    • Assistant Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 09/01/1965-08/31/1971  

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments
    • Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of Trento, Trento Italy, 02/01/2006-04/30/2006  
    • Visiting Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, 06/01/1979-12/31/2001  
    • Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of Munich, Munich, Germany, 01/15/2000-03/15/2000  
    • Visiting Professor of Psychology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 02/01/1988-04/30/1988  
    • Consulting Program Manager, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 01/01/1985-12/31/1986  
    • Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1984-1985   
    • Visiting Professor of Psychology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 01/15/1981-08/15/1981  
    • Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology (1971-72), Stanford University, 1975-1976   

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” goes the old cliché. Poetic, to be sure, but hardly exacting enough for neuroscientists. Biederman might rephrase it: "The pleasure of a rich, novel perceptual or cognitive experience derives from the opioid activity of the cerebral cortex." It is what makes us infovores, always seeking new, but interpretable experiences. Biederman focuses on the brain's role in vision, investigating the brain processes underlying humans' ability to quickly recognize and interpret what they see. Biederman's new theory might go a long way toward explaining how we cast our attention on our surroundings and why we find one thing more interesting at first blush than another. His research includes shape, object, and scene perception/recognition by human beings and face recognition.
    Research Keywords
    Basic: Neural Basis of Higher Level Vision: Shape, Object, Face, and Scene Perception; Cognitive Neuroscience: Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure; Evolutiionary Psycholology, Cognitive Psychology; Intelligence.
    Research Specialties
    RESEARCH SPECIALTIES 1. Shape and Object Perception 2. Face Recognition 3. Scene Perception and the Neural Representation of Relations 4. Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure
    Detailed Statement of Research Interests
    CORE MISSION: Our core mission is to understand how we get mind from brain. We concentrate on how a scene, object, or face can be recognized in a fraction of a second, even when we have never encountered that image previously. Another line of research focuses on the neural basis of perceptual and cognitive pleasure, based on a gradient of opioid receptors in the same pathway by which image understanding is achieved. RESEARCH OVERVIEW: Our lab, the Image Understanding Laboratory, is currently engaged in research in four domains of cognitive neuroscience: a) Shape and Object Recognition, b) Scene Perception, c) Face Recognition, and d) Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure. We attack these problems with a broad range of methodologies: behavioral testing both in LA and undeveloped regions of our planet, fMRI, EEG, eye tracking in humans and, in collaboration, TMS, single-neuron recordings in the macaque, behavioral testing with pigeons, and, in the coming months, human patients undergoing surgery. SHAPE AND OBJECT RECOGNITION In a fraction of a second -- from a single visual fixation -- humans are able to comprehend novel images of objects, often under highly degraded and novel viewing conditions. To account for this extraordinary capacity, we have proposed that objects are represented as an arrangement of simple, convex, viewpoint-invariant 3D shape primitives, termed geons, such as bricks, cylinders, wedges, and cones and their 2D projections, that serve to distinguish visual entities at a basic (or entry) level, so that a given image can be determined to be that of a chair, fork, or penguin (Biederman, 1987). The geons can be distinguished by properties of edges that are invariant with orientation in depth (such as straight vs. curved contours) so representations distinguished by geons possess the same invariance. As long as two or three geons in their specified relations can be extracted from the image, entry-level classification will almost always be successful despite drastic variations in the object's silhouette, specific contours, and occlusion of large regions of the object. SCENE PERCEPTION Objects tend to occur not by themselves but in concert with others, in scenes. We not only can identify the objects that make up a scene in a glance, but how they are related to each other. The neural basis of the coding of invariant relations, so that if X is above Y that relation would remain true no matter how X and Y were translated. This problem of the representation of relations is one of the great challenges of cognition, being central not only to scene perception but to language as well. We can understand, for example, the relation changes in “John gave the book to Lisa.” We have an active program of research in which we are investigating where in the brain relations are coded and how changes in relations are represented. FACE RECOGNITION We have been studying prosopagnosia, the inability to individuate faces while retaining a normal capacity for judging the age, sex, and attractiveness of a face and individuating highly similar objects. Whereas an arrangement of geons appears to suffice for object recognition, a representation that preserves the metrics implicit in the original cortical activation may suffice for face individuation, which his why we can be highly accurate in distinguishing Tom Cruise from John Travolta but not be able to articulate how (Yue, Tjan, & Biederman, 2006). PERCEPTUAL AND COGNITIVE PLEASURE With every visual fixation and every decision as to what to read or what movie to see or conversation to keep going or wanting a room with a view, we are driven to seek out new information. What is the neural basis for such behavior? We have been exploring the extent to which the answer lies in a gradient of opioid receptors in the cortex (Biederman & Vessel, 2006). The receptors are sparse in early sensory areas but grow in density with each succeeding stage and reach their maximum in association cortex, where perceptual inputs are interpreted and understood. The simple idea is that we try to maximize the rate of opioid release and we can achieve that by having rich, highly interpretable experiences--experiences that generate lots of associations. However, once we have an experience, adaptation (based on competitive learning or “neural Darwinism,”) sets in, caused by the few strongly activated neurons inhibiting the vast number of weakly activated neurons leading to less opioid release. So its “been there, done that.” We are thus infovores, always seeking out novel but richly interpretable experiences. Stay tuned.

    Funded Research

    Contracts and Grants Awarded
    • Mid-Level Vision Systems for Low Vision (NIH), Norberto Grzywacz, Irving Biederman, $5,816,039, 11/15/2007-11/14/2012  
    • Cognitive Object Recognition System (CORS) (DOD), UtopiaCompression Inc., Irving Biederman, $750,000, 10/01/2010-09/30/2012  
    • Perceptual Basis of Visual Concepts (NEI), Edward A. Wasserman, Irving Biederman, $428,398, 07/01/2009-08/31/2011  
    • NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL ANALYSES OF THE REPRESENTATION OF SHAPE (NSF), Irving Biederman, $545,894, 09/01/2006-08/31/2011  
    • DEVELOPMENT OF AN AUTOMATED ULTRAMICROTOME FOR BRAIN RECONSTRUCTION (Harvard University), Irving Biederman, $32,000, 2009-2010   
    • A Psychologically Inspired Object Recognition System (SBIR through Utopia Compression) (DOD), Chaitanya Raju, Irving Biederman, $150,000, 2008-2009   
    • Fmri And Behavioral Analysis Of The Representation Of Shape (National Science Foundation), Irving Biederman, $200,000, 09/01/2005-08/31/2008  
    • PERCEPTUAL BASIS OF VISUAL CONCEPTS (MIMH), Edward Wasserman, Irving Biederman, $1,150,000, 09/01/2003-08/31/2008  
    • Acquisition Of An Fmri Basic Research Imaging System At The (National Science Foundation), Biederman, Irving, $1,240,504, 08/01/2004-07/31/2008  
    • ACQUISITION OF AN FMRI BASIC RESEARCH IMAGING SYSTEM AT THE (NSF), Irving Biederman, Raine, Itti, Lu, Arbib, $1,240,504, 08/01/2004-07/31/2007  
    • SGER: ASSESSMENT OF THE REPRESENTATION OF SHAPE IN INDIVIDUALS FROM A CULTURE WITH MINIMAL, REGULAR (NSF), Irving Biederman, $45,017, 09/01/2004-08/31/2006  

    Proposals Submitted
    • NIH, Submitted, Carol A. Prescott, Irving Biederman and others, $600,000, 2012-2013   

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Image Understanding Lab, University of Southern Caifornia, Director, http://geon.usc.edu/

    Conferences and Other Presentations


    Conference Presentations
    • "Where and when do objects become scenes? ", Asia Pacific Conference on Vision, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Hong Kong, China, Asia Pacific Conference on Vision, 08/2011-  
    • "The Neuroscience and Psychophysics of Fine Grained Visual Categorization", IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Workshop on Fine Grained Visual Categorization, Talk/Oral Presentation, Colorado Springs, CO, Google, Inc., Invited, 06/25/2011-  
    • "Greater sensitivity to categorical than metric differences in relations", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL, 05/2011-  
    • "No recovery of function for a specific deficit in individuating faces 40 years after a lesion in the ventral occipito-temporal cortices at age five", Vision Sciences Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL, 05/2011-  
    • "The benefit of scene-like interactions on object identification arises in LO rather than being a consequence of parietal attentional modulation", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL, 05/2011-  
    • "The medial axis structures of novel objects are spontaneously perceived despite variability in the objects' orientations and component part shapes", Vision Sciences Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL, 05/2011-  
    • "The spontaneous appeal by naïve subjects to nonaccidental properties when distinguishing among highly similar members of subspecies of birds closely resembles descriptions produced by experts", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL, 05/2011-  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", Society of Experimental Psychologists, Talk/Oral Presentation, Seattle, WA, 04/15/2011-  
    • "Neural Basis of Face Recognition", USC Vision Symposium, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, Invited, 04/06/2011-  
    • "Neural and Computational Bases of Face Recognition", IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Santa Barbara, CA, Invited, 03/21/2011-  
    • "Aesthetics and the Brain", Psychonomic Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, St. Louis, MO, Invited, 11/2010-  
    • "The coding of object interactionsin the lateral occipital complex", Society for Neuroscience, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, San Diego, CA, 11/2010-  
    • "Voxels in LO distinguish objects with different arrangements of the same component parts", Society for Neuroscience, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, San Diego, CA, 11/2010-  
    • "Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure and the Brain", Lecture/Seminar, Jerusalem Israel, Department of Psychology, Invited, 2012-2013   
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure.", Thoughts on Mind and Brain, Talk/Oral Presentation, Ramat Gan, Israel, Bar Ilan University, Invited, 2012-2013   
    • "The Neural Coding of Parts, Relations, and Attributes in Object Recognition", European Conference on Computer Vision, Workshop on Parts and Attributes, Keynote Lecture, Abstract, Florence, Italy, IBM, Invited, 2012-2013   
    • "Face detection deficits in prosopagnosia assessed by eye-movements and detection thresholds. ", 12th Annual of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., 2011-2012   
    • "Greater modulation of LO responses to changes in nonaccidental than metric relations between simple shapes. ", Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naple, Florida, 2011-2012   
    • "The Cognitive Neuroscience of Object (Shape) Invariance", Workshop on Humans, neurons, and machines: how can psychophysics, physiology, and modeling collabora, Lecture/Seminar, Snowbird, Utah, NIPS, Invited, 2011-2012   
    • "The markedly greater sensitivity to nonaccidental vs. metric shape properties is not reflected in HMAX calculation of shape similarity", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., 2011-2012   
    • "The Neural Correlates of Between-Part and Between-Object Relations", Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC), Talk/Oral Presentation, Cala Gonone, Sardinia, Italy, 2011-2012   
    • "The Neural Correlates of Between-Part and Between-Object Relations", Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, Talk/Oral Presentation, Houston, TX, 2011-2012   
    • "The Neural Correlates of Between-Part and Between-Object Relations", 10th Annual USC Vision Symposium, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, USC, Invited, 2011-2012   
    • "Lateral occipital cortex represents axis structure", Human Brain Mapping, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Barcelona, Spain, 07/2010  
    • "The neural coding of relations between objects in scenes", Human Brain Mapping, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Barcelona, Spain, 07/2010  
    • "Adult shape preferences are evident in infancy. ", Vision Science Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, Fl, 05/2010  
    • "Cognitive object recognition system (CORS)", SPIE, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Orlando, Fl., 05/2010  
    • "LO-but not V1-preferentially encodes axis structure. ", Vision Science Society, Poster, Refereed Naples, Fl, 05/2010  
    • "Separate neural loci are sensitive to facial expression and facial individuation", Vision Science Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, Fl, 05/2010  
    • "The neural representation of spatial relationships by anatomical binding", Vision Science Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, Fl, 05/2010  
    • "When do objects become scenes? ", Vision Science Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, Fl, 05/2010  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", Invited Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, University College London, UK, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Invited, 11/11/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Object (Parts) Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Department of Psychology, Invited, 11/10/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", Invited Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Department of Psychology, Invited, 11/09/2009  
    • "Aesthetics and the Brain", Il genio dell'artista Estetica e scienza, Talk/Oral Presentation, Rovereto, Italy, Centro Studi per la Filosofia Mitteleuropea, Invited, 11/06/2009  
    • "Qualitative Aspects of the Representation of Objects and Scenes", ESF Exploratory Workshop Qualities in Perception Science, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy, European Science Foundation, Invited, 11/05/2009  
    • "Consciousness and the Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", Invited Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Finance and Management, Warsaw, Poland, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Invited, 10/30/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Department of Psychology, Invited, 10/28/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Aesthetics. ", Invited Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium , Department of Psychology, Invited, 10/26/2009  
    • " Short Course in Cognitive Neuroscience (Four Lectures)", Memory and the Mind, Lecture/Seminar, Abstract, Budapest, Hungary, Central European University, Invited, 06/21/2009-06/26/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Aesthetics. ", Society for Psychological Science, Symposium on Aesthetic Science, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, San Francisco, NSF, Invited, 05/23/2009  
    • "At what stage in the human ventral pathway is the greater sensitivity to nonaccidental over metric properties first manifested? w. Amir, O., Hayworth, K. J., Biederman, I., Lescroart, M. D., Xu, X., & Kim, J. ", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., NSF, 05/12/2009  
    • "Adaptation in FFA: Face or person? w. Xu, X., Yue, X., Kim, J., & Lescroart, M. D.", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., NSF, 05/11/2009  
    • "Evidence for object file encoding in the posterior Fusiform Gyrus (pFs) and the Intraparietal Sulcus (IPS) w. K. J. Hayworth, M. D. Lescroart, & J. Kim ", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., NSF, 05/10/2009  
    • "Is there an object-centered coordinate map in LOC? (w. M. Lexcroart, K. J. Hayworth, & J. Kim)", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., NSF, 05/10/2009  
    • "Where do objects become scenes? (w. J. Kim)", Vision Sciences Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., NSF, 05/09/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Object Recognition. http://thesciencenetwork.org/programs/kavli-institute-for-brain-and-mind-symposium/irving-biederman", Salk Institute , Keynote Lecture, Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, Salk Institute, Invited, 05/02/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Shape Recognition", Helmholtz Club, Lecture/Seminar, Irvine, CA, Invited, 02/17/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure: What Controls the 95% of our lives when we are not concerned about staying alive. ", Biological Origins of Human Group Behavior, Talk/Oral Presentation, California Institute of Technology, Trilience Foundation, Invited, 11/18/2008-11/19/2008  
    • "17,000 years of depicting the junction of two smooth shapes. w. J. Kim", Objects, Perception, Attention, and Memory, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Long Beach, CA, National Science Foundation, 11/15/2008  
    • "A Cross-Cultural Study of the Representation of Shape Dimensions. w. Lescroart, M.D., Yue, X. & Davidoff, J.", Objects, Perception, Attention, and Memory, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Long Beach, CA, National Science Foundation, 11/15/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Shape Recognition. ", First International Workshop on Shape Perception in Human and Computer Vision, Talk/Oral Presentation, Marseille, France, National Science Foundation, Invited, 10/18/2008  
    • "Neural Evidence for the Coding of Explicit Relations. ", From objects to categories: Visual categorization in big brains, small brains and machines, Talk/Oral Presentation, St. Germain-en-Laye, France, Fyssen Foundation, Invited, 10/03/2008-10/06/2008  
    • "The Neurocomputational Basis of Face Recognition. w. Mangini, M. C., Yue, X., & Von der Malsburg, C.", Meeting of the British Experimental Psychology, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Liverpool, U.K., British Experimental Psychology Society, 07/11/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Shape (Parts) Recognition. ", Meetings of the British Experimental Psychology Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Liverpool, U.K., British Experimental Psychology Society, Invited, 07/09/2008  
    • "Explicit relation coding in the lateral occipital complex w. Hayworth, K. J. & Lescroart, M. D.", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., National Science Foundation, 05/11/2008  
    • "How translation invariant are object representations in the human posterior fusiform gyrus? w. Lescroart, M. D. & Hayworth, K. J", Vision Sciences Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., NSF, 05/10/2008  
    • "The release from adaptation in LOC from viewing a sequence of two different objects: An effect of shape or semantics? w. Kim, J., Lescroart, M. D. & Hayworth, K. J.", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Naples, FL., National Science Foundation, 05/09/2008  
    • "Two Lectures: 1. Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure and the Brain. 2. The Neural Basis of Face Recognition ", Conference on Ethical and Scientific Perspectives on Well Being, Lecture/Seminar, Long Beach, CA, CSULB, Invited, 03/08/2008-03/09/2008  
    • "Scene Perception", Scene Understanding Symposium, Keynote Lecture, MIT, Cambridge, MA, MIT, Invited, 02/01/2008  
    • "Evidence for relative position coding in lateral occipital and posterior fusiform areas. w. Lescroart, M. D. & Hayworth, K. J.", Society for Neuroscience, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, San Diego, CA, 11/06/2007  
    • "Predicting the psychophysical discriminability of faces and other complex stimuli based on a measure of image similarity. w. Yue, X. & Subramaniam, S.", Society for Neuroscience, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, San Diego, CA, 11/06/2007  
    • "Perceptual Pleasure and the Brain ", 7th Conference on Emotion and Motivation, Keynote Lecture, Hammamet, Tunesia, University of Tunis, Invited, 10/26/2007  
    • "Neural Evidence for Structural Descriptions", IEEE 4th International Workshop on Object Categorizatoin, Talk/Oral Presentation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, National Science Foundation of Brazil, Invited, 10/14/2007  
    • "Shape Recognition and the Brain", Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Talk/Oral Presentation, Taipei, Taiwan, Invited, 2006-2007   
    • "The Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Interdisciplinary Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Andalsnes, Norway, Invited, 2006-2007   
    • "The Neural Basis of Object Recognition. ", Symposium on Object Recognition 20 Years Later, Talk/Oral Presentation, Sarasota, FL, Invited, 2006-2007   
    • "A Cross-Cultural Test of the Independence of the Representation of Generalized-Cone Dimensions. w. Lescroart, M. D., Yue, X. & Davidoff, J ", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Sarasota, FL, 05/12/2007  
    • "Sensitivity to object-centered relations in LOC w. Lescroart, M. D., & Hayworth, K. J.", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Sarasota, FL, National Science Foundation, 05/12/2007  
    • "A Test of the Consistency of Scene Preferences across Cultures. w. Yue, X., Lescroart, M. D., & Vessel, E.", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Sarasota, FL, 05/11/2007  
    • "Some tests of the standard model. w. Hayworth, K. J., & Lescroart, M. D. ", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Sarasota, FL, National Science Foundation, 05/11/2007  
    • "Minimal scenes, maximal challenges", Vision Sciences Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Sarasota, FL, National Science Foundation, Invited, 05/10/2007  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", 2007 Vision Train Winter School, Talk/Oral Presentation, Les Houches, France, Universite Grenoble, Invited, 03/27/2007  
    • "The Neural Basis of Object (Parts) Recognition", Winter School on Biological and Computational Vision, Talk/Oral Presentation, Les Houches, France, Universite Grenoble, Invited, 03/26/2007  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Symposium on Brains, Faces, and Beliefs, Talk/Oral Presentation, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Cardiff University, Invited, 09/15/2006  
    • "A lateral occipital complex (LOC) localizer with precisely matched local feature composition in intact and scrambled images", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Sarasota, FL, 2005-2006   
    • "Laterality effects in the LOC", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Sarasota, FL, 2005-2006   
    • "Predicting psychophysical similarity of complex shapes from measures of physical similarity", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Sarasota, FL, 2005-2006   
    • "The Neural Basis of Object Recognition. ", Conference on Early Vision: Computational and Biological, Talk/Oral Presentation, Bertinoro, Italy, Invited, 2005-2006   
    • "The neural representation of shape in humans and macaques", Society for Research on Child Development, Talk/Oral Presentation, Atlanta, GA, Invited, 2005-2006   
    • "The Neural Basis of Object Recognition", 13th Joint Symposium on Neural computation, Talk/Oral Presentation, San Diego, CA, Invited, Spring 2006   
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", Whitehead Lecture, University of London, Talk/Oral Presentation, London, England, Goldsmiths, University of London, Invited, Spring 2006   
    • "The neural basis of preference for natural scenes. w. Yue, X. & Vessel, E. A.", Vision Sciences Society, Poster, Refereed Abstract, Sarasota, FL, National Science Foundation, 05/06/2006  

    Other Presentations
    • "Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure and the Brain ", Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 11/2012-  
    • "Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure and the Brain", Colloquium, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Psychology, Jerusalem Israel, 11/2012-  
    • "Shape Recognition", Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 11/2012-  
    • "The Cognitive Neuroscience of Shape Recognition", Colloquium, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, 11/02/2011-  
    • "Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Colloquium, Ohio State University, Department of Psychology, Columbus, OH, 04/22/2011-  
    • "Scene Perception", Colloquium, Ohio State University, Department of Psychology, Columbus, OH, 04/21/2011-  
    • "Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Colloquium, Northwestern University, Department of Psychology, Evanston, IL, 04/07/2011-  
    • "The Neural Basis of Object (Parts) Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 06/08/2009  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of York, York, United Kingdom, 10/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of Bangor, Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom, 10/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure.", Invited Colloquium, University of Bangor, Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom, 10/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure.", Invited Colloquium, CNRS Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France, 10/2008  
    • "Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure ", Invited Colloquium, Boston College, Boston, MA, 04/18/2008  
    • "Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", Invited Colloquium, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 04/17/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 01/30/2008  
    • "The Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cogntive Pleasure", Invited Colloquium, University IUAX, Venice Italy, 10/24/2007  
    • "Neural Basis of Shape Recognition", Invited Colloquium, CNRS and Paris V, Paris, France, 10/22/2007  
    • "Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure and the Brain", Invited Colloquium, Universtiy of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 04/04/2007  
    • "Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Universite de Provence , Marseilles, France, 04/02/2007  
    • "Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Taipei National University, Taipei, Taiwan, 03/07/2007  
    • "Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Taipei National University, Taipei, Taiwn, 03/05/2007  
    • "Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of London, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, London, England, 09/2006  
    • "Object Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of London, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, London, England, 09/2006  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Invited Colloquium, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 09/2006  
    • "The Neural Basis of Shape Recognition", Colloquium, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, 09/2006  
    • "Three-Dimensional Perception and Perceptual Pleasure", Colloquium, University of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy, 05/2006  
    • "Perceptual Organization and Object Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of Padova, Padova, Italy, 04/2006  
    • "Shape Recognition in Mind and Brain", Invited Colloquium, University of Parma, Parma, Italy, 04/2006  
    • "The Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 04/2006  
    • "Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure and the Brain", Invited Colloquium, University of London, Goldsmiths, London, UK, 03/2006  
    • "The Neural Basis of Shape Recognition", Invited Colloquium, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 03/2006  
    • "Neural Basis of Object Recognition", Invited Colloquium, CNRS Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France, 02/2006  
    • "The Neural Basis of Face Recognition", Colloquium, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 02/2006  

    Publications


    Book
    • N. Osaka, I. Rentchler, I. Biederman (Ed.). (2007). Object Recognition, Attention, & Action. Tokyo: Springer.

    Book Chapter
    • Wasserman, E. A., Biederman, I. (2012). Recognition-by-components: A bird’s eye view. How animals see the world: Comparative behavior pp. 191-216. Oxford University Press.
    • Biederman, I. (2007). Recent psychophysical and neural research in shape recognition. Object Recognition, Attention, & Action.

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Dickinson, S., Biederman, I. (2011). Geons. (K. Ikeuchi, Ed.). Encyclopedia of Computer Vision.

    Journal Article
    • Lescroart, M. D., Biederman, I. (2012). Representation of Medial Axis Structure. Cerebral Cortex. PubMed Web Address
    • Yue, X., Biederman, I., Mangini, M. C., von der Malsburg, C., Amir, O. (2012). Predicting the Psychophysical Similarity of Faces and Non-Face Complex Shapes by Image-Based Measures. Vision Research. Vol. 55, pp. 41-46. PubMed Web Address
    • Amir, O., Biederman, I., Hayworth, K. J. (2012). Sensitivity to nonaccidental properties across various shape dimensions. Vision Research. Vol. 51, pp. 2198-2206. PubMed Web Address
    • Kim, J. G., Biederman, I. (2012). Greater sensitivity to nonaccidental than metric changes in the relations between simple shapes in the lateral occipital cortex. NeuroImage. Vol. 63, pp. 1818-26.
    • Amir, O., Biederman, I., Kenneth, K. J. (2011). The neural basis of shape preferences. Vision Research. Vol. 20, pp. 2198-2206. PubMed Web Address
    • Kim, J. G., Biederman, I., Juan, C. (2011). The benefit of object Interactions arises in the lateral occipital cortex independent of attentional modulation from the intraparietal sulcus: a TMS study. The Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. 31 (22), pp. 8320-8324. PubMed Web Address
    • Hayworth, H. J., Mark, L. D., Biederman, I. (2011). Neural Encoding of Relative Position. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.. Vol. 37 (4), pp. 1032-1050. PubMed Web Address
    • Kim, J. G., Biederman, I. (2011). Where do objects become scenes?. Cerebral Cortex. Vol. 21 (8), pp. 1738-1746.
    • Xu, X., Biederman, I. (2010). Loci of the release from fMRI adaptation for changes in facial expression, identity, and viewpoint. Journal of Vision. Vol. 10 (14), pp. 1-13. PubMed Web Address
    • Lescroart, M. D., Biederman, I., Yue, X., Davidoff, J. (2010). A cross-cultural study of the representation of shape: Sensitivity to underlying generalized-cone dimensions. Visual Cognition. Vol. 18 (1), pp. 50-66.
    • Biederman, I., Yue, X., Davidoff, J. (2009). Representation of shape in individuals from a culture with minimal exposure to regular simple artifacts: Sensitivity to nonaccidental vs. metric properties. Psychological Science. Vol. 20, pp. 1437-1442.
    • Xu, X., Yue, X., Lescroart, M. D., Biederman, I., Kim, J. G. (2009). Adaptation in the fusiform face area (FFA): Image or Person?. Vision Research. Vol. 49, pp. 2000-2007.
    • Biederman, I., Cooper, E. E. (2009). Evidence for complete translational and reflectional invariance in visual object priming. Response to commentaries on "Translational and reflectional priming invariance. A retrospective. Perception. Vol. 38, pp. A25-A33.
    • Biederman, I., Cooper, E. E. (2009). Translational and reflectional priming invariance: A retrospective. Perception. Vol. 38, pp. 809-817.
    • Kim, J. G., Biederman, I., Lescroart, M. D., Hayworth, K. J. (2009). Adaptation to objects in the lateral occipital complex (LOC): Shape or semantics?. Vision Research. Vol. 49, pp. 2297-2305.
    • Biederman, I., Kim, J. G. (2008). 17,000 Years of Depicting the Junction between Two Smooth Shapes. Perception. Vol. 37, pp. 161-164.
    • Kim, J. G., Biederman, I. (2008). Blind or deaf? A matter of aesthetics. Perception. Vol. 37, pp. 949-950.
    • Lescroart, M. D., Biederman, I., Yue, X., Davidoff, J. (2008). A cross-cultural study of the representation of shape: Sensitivity to underlying generalized-cone dimensions. Visual Cognition.
    • Lescroart, M. D., Yue, X., Biederman, I., Davidoff, J. (2008). A cross-cultural study of shape representation. Visual Cognition. Vol. 16, pp. 117-120.
    • Yue, X., Vessel, E. A., Biederman, I. (2007). The neural basis of scene preferences. NeuroReport. Vol. 18, pp. 525-529.
    • Nederhouser, M., Yue, X., Biederman, I., Mangini, M. C. (2007). The deleterious effect of contrast reversal on recognition is unique to faces, not objects. Vision Research. Vol. 47, pp. 2134-2142.
    • Russell, R. R., Biederman, I., Nederhouser, M., Siniha, P. (2007). The utility of surface reflectance for the recognition of upright and inverted faces. Vision Research. Vol. 47, pp. 157-165.
    • Lazareva, O. F., Wasserman, E. A., Biederman, I. (2007). Pigeons’ recognition of partially occluded objects depends on specific training experience. Perception. Vol. 36, pp. 33-48.
    • Hayworth, K. J., Biederman, I. (2006). Neural evidence for intermediate representations in object recognition. Vision Research/Elsevier Science. Vol. 46, pp. 4024-4031.
    • Yue, X., Tjan, S. B., Biederman, I. (2006). What makes faces special?. Vision Research/Elsevier Science. Vol. 46(22), pp. 3802-11, doi:10.1016/j.visres.2006.06.017 (.
    • Martin-Malivel, J., Mangini, M. C., Joel, F., Biederman, I. (2006). Do humans and baboons use the same information when categorizing human and baboons faces. Psychological Science/American Psychoologicl Society. Vol. 17, pp. 599-607.
    • Biederman, I., Vessel, E. A. (2006). Perceptual pleasure and the brain. American Scientist. Vol. 94, pp. 247-253.
    • Russell, R., Sinha, P., Biederman, I., Nederhouser, M. (2006). Is pigmentation important for face recognition? Evidence from contrast negation. Perception. Vol. 35, pp. 749-759.
    • Peissig, J. J., Kilpatrick, K., Young, M. E., Wasserman, E. A., Biederman, I. (2006). Effects of varying stimulus size on object recognition in pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. Vol. 32, pp. 419-430.
    • Biederman, I. (2005). Tuning for shape dimensions in macaque inferior temporal cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience/Blackwell. Vol. 22 212-224
    • Biederman, I. (2005). Representation of regular and irregular shapes in macaque inferotemporal cortex. Cerbral Cortex. Vol. 15, pp. 1308-1321.
    • Biederman, I. (2005). The role of edges in object recognition by pigeons. Perception. Vol. 34, pp. 1353-1374.
    • Vogels, R., Biederman, I. (2002). Vogels, R., & Biederman, I. (2002). Effects of illumination intensity and direction on object coding in macaque inferior temporal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 12, 756-766.
    • Biederman, I. (2001). Inferior temporal neurons show greater sensitivity to nonaccidental than metric differences. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 134:. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Vol. 13, pp. 444-453.
    • Bar, M., Biederman, I. (1999). Localizing the cortical region mediating visual awareness of object identitiy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol. 96, pp. 1790-1793.

    Magazine/Trade Publication
    • Biederman, I. Psychological Science Observer. Vol. 24, pp. 21.

    Guest Lectures in Courses

    • NEUR 599: Advanced Neuroscience Guest lecture and video on Higher Level Vision, 01/24/2013-  
    • NEUR 599: Advanced Neuroscience Lecture and Video on Higher Level Vision, 01/19/2012-  
    • NEUR 532: Neuroscience Core Course Lecture on Object (Shape) Recognition, 09/20/2011-  
    • NEUR 524: Advanced Overview of Neuroscience Lecture on Seeing Shapes in the Dorsal and Ventral Visual Pathways, 11/30/2010-  
    • Freshman Seminar Viturbi: Avatars, Immortality, and Information Theory Lecture on the Psychology and Neuroscience of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure, 10/25/2010-  
    • BME 671: Higher Level Vision The Neural Basis of Face Recognition, 04/06/2010-  
    • BME 671: Higher Level Vision The Neural Basis of Object (Shape) Recognition, 03/04/2010-  
    • PSYC 506: Learning and Cognition Two hour lecture on "Face Recognition", 05/27/2010  
    • PSYC 506: Learning and Cognition Two hour lecture on "Face Recognition", 05/27/2010  
    • BMR 571: Late Visual Processing Two hour lecture on "Face Recognition", 04/01/2010  
    • PSYC 506: Learning and Cognition Two hour lecture on "Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure", 03/24/2010  
    • BME 571: Late Visual Processing Two hour lecture on "Object Recognition", 03/11/2010  
    • Psychology 607: Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience Two hour lecture on Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure, 02/05/2009  
    • BISC 524: Advanced Neuroscience Two-hour lecture on neural basis of shape recognition., Fall 2008   
    • Neuroscience 524: Advanced Neuroscience Two hour lecture on "Seeing Shapes", 12/02/2008  
    • Memory (Thompson & Madigan) Three hour lecture on Priming and Visual Cognition, 11/03/2008  
    • BME 671: Late Visual Processing Two-hour lectures: 1. Dorsal & Ventral Visual Systems and Object Recognition, 2. Face Recognition. , Spring 2008   
    • NEUR 524: Advanced Neurosciences 1 Two hour lecture on neural basis of high-level vision, Fall 2007   
    • PSYC 301: Cognitive Processes Two hour lecture on Dorsal-Ventral cortical visual systems., Fall 2007   
    • PSYC 506: Learning and Cognition Three hour lecture on the neural basis of visual cognition, Spring 2007   
    • BME 671: Late Visual Processing Two two-hour lectures; one on the Neural Basis of Shape Recognition and the other on the Neural Basis of Face Recognition., Spring 2006   

    New Courses Developed

    • Computational Neuroscience Major, NEUR, I developed a new major--Computational Neuroscience for those students with strong mathematical talents and an interest in Neuroscience. The curriculum requires courses in both the Dornsife and Viterbi Faculties., 2012-2013   
    • Directed Research in Neuroscience, BISC NEUR 490, Research done in conjunction with Neuroscience faculty. Student has to submit an acceptable proposal describing his or her research project which is reviewed by the co-Directors of the Neuroscience Major., 2011-2012   
    • Honors Seminar, Neuroscience NEUR 493, Seminar for Neuroscience Majors required for a BA or BS with Honors in Neuroscience, 2011-2012   
    • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Introduction to the major components of cognition (perception, memory, intelligence) in terms of the neural coding characteristic of the relevant brain areas. Prerequisite: PSYC 100., Fall 2010   
    • Cognitive Neuroscience, PSYC 540, An examination of the major components of cognition (e.g., perception, memory, intelligence) in terms of the neural coding characteristic of the relevant brain areas., Spring 2009   
    • Current Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Examines recent research in the neural basis of perception, memory, judgment and decision making, intelligence, and evolutionary psychology., Fall 2005   

    Teaching Innovations and Multimedia Teaching

    • Probabilistic penalty for missing exams--lower grade if near a final cutoff, 2012-2013   
    • Short reflection requirement for extra credit for subject pool participation, 2012-2013   

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Endowed Chair, Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences, 9/1/1999-8/15/2014  
    • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Nominated for the Stephen B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2012-2013   
    • Named first Visiting Professor to the University of Bolzano, Italy's first Cognitive Neuroscience Program , 2006-2007   
    • USC Associates Award For Creativity In Research And Scholarship, 1999  

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Co-Director, 08/16/2010-08/15/2013  
    Committees
    • Chair, Judge of graduate cognitive neuroscience posters for USC's graduate Neuroscience Program, 01/14/2011-  
    • Co-Chair, Neuroscience Major Executive Committee, 2012-2013   
    • Co-Chair, Neuroscience Major Executive Committee, 2011-2012   
    • Member, Justin Wood Third Year Review Committee, 2011-2012   
    • Member, Graduate Neuroscience Program Admissions Committee, 2011-2012   
    • Member, Management Committee, Dornsife Imaging Center, 2010-2011   
    • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2010-2011   
    • Member, Management Committee, Dornsife Neuroimaging Center, 2010-2011   
    • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2010-2011   
    • Member, Management Committee, Dornsife Neuroimaging Center, 2008-2009   
    • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2008-2009   
    • Member, Promotion Committee, Laura Baker, 2008-2009   
    • Member, Presidental Scholar Interview Committee, 2008-2009   
    • Member, Management Committee, Dornsife Neuroimaging Center, 2007-2008   
    • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2007-2008   
    • Member, Curriculum Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2007-2008   
    • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2006-2007   
    • Member, Curriculum Committee, Neuroscience Program, 2006-2007   
    • Member, Management Committee, Dornsife Neuroimaging Center, 2006-2007   
    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Invited speaker on boredom and pleasure to the Writers' Workshop Salon, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, 10/15/2011-  
    • Participated in an interview and video shoot for USC's Development (Fund Raising) Office, 04/06/2011-  
    • Film a segment of "Miracle Detectives" for the WIN Network (Oprah's Network) as the skeptic re. angels, 12/20/2010-  
    • Invited Lecture: Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure. New Community Jewish High School, West Hills, CA., 10/2010  
    • Featured sebment on Penn & Teller's Showtime program of "Area 51" in their "Bulls**t". Critical evaluation of believers of alien presence in Area 51. , 07/2010  
    • Our research with the Himba in Northwest Namibia was featured on the National Science Foundation’s website and on the US News & World Report under the title "Brain has an Innate Sense of Geometry." , 11/2009  
    • Featured segment on PBS film "The Science of Healing.", 11/2009  
    • Invited Lecture: Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure. New Community Jewish High School, West Hills, CA., Fall 2008   
    Other Service to the University
    • Hosted Prof. Jan Koenderink, Neuroscience Speaker, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 02/03/2011-  
    • Hosted Bruno Rossion, Neuroscience Colloquium Speaker, KU Louvain, Belgium, 11/23/2010-11/25/2010  
    • Hosted four Neuroscience Colloquium Speakers (Doris T'sao; David Pitcher; Peter Konig; Jessica Wisnewski), 2008-2009   
    • Visions & Voices Invited Lecture "Aesthetics and the Brain", Fall 2008   
    • Hosted Neuroscience Colloquium speaker Dr. Manabu Tanifuji, Riken, Japan. (November, 2007)., 2007-2008   
    • Hosted Neuroscience Colloquium speaker Prof. Glyn Humphreys, University of Birmingham, UK. (Nov. 2007)., 2007-2008   
    • Hosted Neuroscience Collqouium speaker Prof. Jane Riddoch, University of Birminhgham, U.K. (November, 2007)., 2007-2008   
    • Hosted Neuroscience Colloquium speaker Prof. Oliver Braddick, Oxford University. (July 2007) , 2007-2008   
    • Hosted Neuroscience Colloquium speaker Dr. Anitha Pasupathy, MIT (October, 2006)., 2006-2007   
    • Give USC's Annual Valentine's Day Love Shack Lecture: The Neural Basis of Love--and What to Do About It. , 2006-2007   
    • Hosted Psychology/Neuroscience colloquium speaker Dr. Bradley Duchaine, University College, London, UK (December, 2006), 2006-2007   

    Service to the Profession


    Committees
    • Member, Ford Foundation Faculty Fellowship Committee, 2011-2012   

    Conferences Organized
    • Co-Organizer, Workshop on the Psychology of Face and Gesture Recognition, Santa Barbara, CA, Workshop held in conjunction with the 9th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, 03/25/2011-  

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Associate Editor, European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 07/01/2001-12/31/2005  
    • Consulting Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 01/01/1998-12/31/2005  
    • Associate Editor, Visual Cognition, 01/01/1998-12/31/2005  

    Professional Memberships
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), 2012-2013   
    • American Psychological Association, 2012-2013   
    • Association for Psychological Research, 2012-2013   
    • Committee for Scientific Investigation (Founding Fellow), 2012-2013   
    • Sigma Xi (Science Honor Society), 2012-2013   
    • Vision Sciences Society, 2012-2013   

    Review Panels
    • National Institutes of Health, Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes IRG, 2007-2008   
    • National Science Foundation, Cognitive Neuroscience, 2007-2008   
    • National Science Foundation, Cognitive Neuroscience, 2006-2007   
    • Riken (Japan's Premier Research Institute), Cognitive Neuroscience Review Panel, 2006-2007   
    • American Psychological Association, Chair, Early Career Awards Committee, Division Three, Experimental Psychology, 2006-2007   

    Reviewer for Publication
    • Multiple journals, Reviewer for multiple journals, 2012-2013   
    • Multiple Journals, Reviewer for multiple journals, 2011-2012   
    • Multiple Journals, Reviewer for multiple journals, 2010-2011   
    • Multiple journals, Reviewer for multiple journals, 2008-2009   
    • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, APA, Reviewed ms., 2007-2008   
    • Nature Neuroscience, Reviewed five ms., 2007-2008   
    • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Psychonomics Society, Reviewed 1 ms., 2007-2008   
    • Science, AAAS, Reviewed ms., 2007-2008   
    • Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Oxford University Press, Reviewed one ms., 2007-2008   
    • Transactions in Cognitive Science, Reviewed two mss., 2007-2008   
    • Cerebral Cortex, Reviewed two mss., 2006-2007   
    • Current Biology, Reviewed two mss., 2006-2007   
    • Journal of Vision, Vision Sciences Society, Reviewed 30 abstracts., 2006-2007   
    • Psychological Science, Association for Psychological Science, Reviewed two mss., 2006-2007   

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Lecture on the Neurosciencde of the Aesthetic Experience at the Writers' Workshop Salon, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, 10/15/2011-  
    • Featured on YouBeauty, the Science of Beautiful You on, "How feeding your inner "infovore" can make you more attractive.", 07/06/2011-  
    • Los Angeles Times Op-Ed piece "The 411 to Avoid Boredom" based on the theory of the Neural Basis of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure., 07/19/2008-  
    • Featured (as a skeptical scientist) in a segment of Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t Showtime Program on "Area 51," the secret Nevada Air Force Base where some souls believe that extra terrestrial aliens and their space craft are being held and studied. , 2010-2011   
    • Four media Interviews, 2010-2011   
    • Our research with the Himba in Northwest Namibia was featured on the National Science Foundation’s website and on the US News & World Report under the title "Brain has an Innate Sense of Geometry." , 2010-2011   
    • Five media interviews, 2008-2009   
    • Featured lab in PBS film "The Science of Healing" to be broadcast starting in Fall, 2009, Spring 2009   
    • KUSC Interview with Alan Chapman on my Visions & Voices lecture on "Aesthetics and the Brain", Spring 2009   
    • Five media interviews, 2007-2008   
    • Four media interviews, 2007-2008   




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