GRIT HERZMANN, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor of Psychology

The College of Wooster



Curriculum Vitae


Education and Positions

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, 2013 - present
Postdoctoral Associate at University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009 - 2013
Adjunct Instructor at Indiana University, Fall 2012
Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2008
M.S. in Psychology from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2003


My Research Interests

At some point in all of our lives, we have wondered why we can remember one thing but not another, or why we cannot recognize a person who remembers us right away. My research focuses on the neural processes that give rise to abilities in memory and perception, and investigates how environmental factors and traits of an individual influence these processes. To study such brain-behavior relationships, I combine event-related potentials (ERPs), which measure the brain activations of cognitive functions, with behavioral indices of memory and perception and drugs that affect memory.

One current line of research investigates the neural processes that underlie the superior memory performance in experts (e.g., car expertise). Another line of research integrates my interest in face processing with expertise research and theories of social psychology. Here I study the role of memory in the other-race effect—the phenomenon that other-race faces are more difficult to recognize than faces from one’s own race. This research tries to gain insight into the origin of the other-race effect for which expertise theories and socio-cognitive theories make different assumptions. I am also investigating the effect that oxytocin, a hormone suggested to affect social processing, has on face recognition. 


Publications

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

25) Cho, Sun-Joo, Wilmer, J., Herzmann, G., McGugin, R.W., Fiset, D., Van Gulick, A.E., Ryan, K, & Gauthier, I. (in press). Item Response Theory Analyses of the Cambridge Face Memory Test (CFMT). Psychological Assessment. pdf

24) Gauthier, I., McGugin, R.W., Richler, J.J., Herzmann, G., Speegle, M. & VanGulick, A.E. (2014). Experience moderates overlap between object and face recognition, suggesting a common ability. Journal of Vision, 14(8), 7. pdf

23) Dolzycka, D., Herzmann, G., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (in press). Can Training Enhance Face Cognition Abilities in Middle-Aged Adults? PLoS ONE.

22) Noh, E., Herzmann, G., Curran, T., & de Sa, V. (2014). Using single-trial EEG to predict and analyze subsequent memoryNeuroImage, 84, 712-723.

21) Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2013). Neural correlates of the in-group memory advantage on the encoding and recognition of faces.  PLoS ONE 8: e82797. pdf

20) Herzmann, G., Bird, C. W., Freeman, M., & Curran, T. (2013). Effects of oxytocin on behavioral and brain measures of recognition memory for own-race and other-race faces in women and men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2140-2151. pdf

19) Hildebrandt, A., Wilhelm, O., Herzmann, G., & Sommer, W. (2013). Face and object cognition across adult age. Psychology and Aging, 28, 243-248.

18) McGugin, R. W., Richler, J. J., Herzmann, G., Speegle, M., & Gauthier, I. (2012). The Vanderbilt Expertise Test reveals domain-general and domain-specific sex effects in object recognition. Vision Research, 69, 10-22pdf

17) Herzmann, G., Jin, M., Cordes, D., & Curran, T. (2012). A within-subject ERP and fMRI investigation of orientation-specific recognition memory for pictures. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 174-193. pdf

16) Cordes, D., Herzmann, G., Nandy, R., & Curran, T. (2012). Optimization of contrast detection power with probabilistic behavioral information. NeuroImage, 60, 1788-99pdf

15) Herzmann, G., Young, B., Bird, C. W., & Curran, T. (2012). Oxytocin can impair memory for social and non-social visual objects: A within-subject investigation of oxytocin's effects on human memory. Brain Research, 1451, 65-73. pdf

14) Dörr, P., Herzmann, G., & Sommer, W. (2011). Multiple sources of priming effects for famous faces: Analyses with backward masking and event-related potentials. British Journal of Psychology, 120, 765-782pdf

13) Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2011). Experts’ memory: An ERP study of perceptual expertise effects on encoding and recognition. Memory & Cognition, 39, 412-432pdf

12) Herzmann, G., Willenbockel, V., Tanaka, J. W., & Curran, T. (2011). The neural correlates of memory encoding and recognition of own-race and other-race faces. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3103-3115pdf

11) Hildebrandt, A., Wilhelm, O., Schmiedek, F., Herzmann, G., & Sommer, W. (2011). On the specificity of face cognition compared to general cognitive functioning across adult age. Psychology and Aging, 26, 701-715pdf

10) Ouyang, G., Herzmann, G., Zhou, C., & Sommer, W. (2011). Residue Iteration Decomposition (RIDE): a new method to separate ERP components on the basis of latency variability in single trials. Psychophysiology, 48, 1631-1647pdf

9) Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2010). Individual differences in face cognition: Brain-behavior relationships. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 571-589pdf

8) Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2010). Effects of previous experience and biographical knowledge on retrieval processes of faces: An ERP investigation of newly learned faces. Brain Research, 1356, 54-72pdf

7) Hildebrandt, A., Sommer, W., Herzmann, G., & Wilhelm, O. (2010). Structural invariance and age-related performance differences in face cognitionPsychology and Aging, 25, 794-810pdf

6) Wilhelm, O., Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Danthiir, V., Schacht, A., & Sommer, W. (2010). Individual differences in perceiving and recognizing faces—One element of social cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 530-548. pdf

5) Wilhelm, O., Hildebrandt, A., Herzmann, G., & Sommer, W. (2010). Computergestützes Testverfahren zur Erfassung gesichterspezifischer Denkleistungen-Berlin Face Test (BeFaT) [Computerized test battery for the measurement of face-related reasoning abilities-Berlin Face Test (BeFaT)]. Diagnostica, 2, 119-122

4) Herzmann, G., Danthiir, V., Schacht, A., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2008). Toward a comprehensive test battery for face processing: Assessment of the tasks. Behavior Research Methods, 40, 840-857. pdf

3) Herzmann, G., Danthiir, V., Wilhelm. O. Sommer, W., & Schacht, A. (2007). Face memory: A cognitive and psychophysiological approach to the assessment of antecedents of emotional intelligence. In G. Matthews, M. Zeidner, & R. Roberts, The Science of Emotional Intelligence: Knowns and UnknownsOxfordOxford University Press. pdf

2) Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2007). Memory-related ERP components for experimentally learned faces and names: Characteristics and parallel-test reliabilities. Psychophysiology, 44, 262-276. pdf

1) Herzmann, G., Schweinberger, S. R., Sommer, W., & Jentzsch, I. (2004). What’s special about personally familiar faces? A multimodal approach. Psychophysiology, 41, 688-701. pdf



Posters

Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2012). Oxytocin and recognition memory—Behavioral and ERP effects on own-race and other-race faces, sub-processes of memory, and participant’s sex. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, USA. pdf

Herzmann, G., Willenbockel, V., Tanaka, J. W., & Curran, T. (2011). The neural processes underlying memory encoding and retrieval of own-race and other-race faces. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Science Society, Naples, USA. pdf

Herzmann, G., Jin, M., Cordes, D., & Curran, T. (2011). The role of the parietal cortex in picture orientation recollection: A within-subjects investigation with ERPs and fMRI. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, USA. pdf 

Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2011). The effect of oxytocin on face recognition. Poster presented at the All-Hands-Meeting of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, San DiegoUSApdf

Herzmann, G., Willenbockel, V., Tanaka, J. W., & Curran, T. (2010). Learning and recognition processes of own- and other-race faces. Poster presented at the site-visit meeting of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, San DiegoUSApdf

Herzmann, G., Curran, T. (2010). Effects of expertise on recognition memory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, MontrealCanadapdf

Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2007). Individual differences in face processing: Behavioral and psychophysiological indicators. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long BeachUSApdf

Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2006). The reliability of the Dm as a measure of face encoding into memory. Poster presented at the biennale meeting of the Federation of European Psychophysiology Societies, BudapestHungarypdf

Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2005). The build-up of structural representations for faces and names in long-term memory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience SocietyNew YorkUSApdf

Herzmann, G., Schweinberger, S. R., Sommer, W., & Jentzsch, I. (2003). Dual-Routes to face recognition: Evidence from a normal population for a Functional dissociation of affective and cognitive pathways. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience SocietyNew YorkUSApdf



Selected Talks

Herzmann, G. (2011, Oktober). A within-subjects ERP and fMRI investigation of recognition memory. Invited colloquia at Indiana University, USA.

Herzmann, G. (2011, September). Expertise and recognition memory. Invited colloquia at Indiana University, USA.

Herzmann, G. (2011, June). Individual differences in episodic memory. Invited colloquia at University of Jena, Germany.

Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2011, January). Similar neural processes underlie memory performance for own-race faces and items of expertise. Talk presented at the All-Hands meeting of the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, San Diego, USAwatch online

Herzmann, G. (2011, January). The neural processes of individual differences in memory performance: faces, expertise, and the other-race effect. Invited colloquia at Rutgers University at Camden, USA.

Herzmann, G. (2010, December). The neural processes of individual differences in memory performance: faces, expertise, and the other-race effect. Invited colloquia at Binghamton University (SUNY), USA.

Herzmann, G. (2010, November). The neural processes of individual differences in memory performance: faces, expertise, and the other-race effect. Invited colloquia at Florida Atlantic University, USA.

Herzmann, G. (2010, October). Influences of perceptual expertise on the neural processes of encoding and recognition. Invited colloquia at University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Herzmann, G. (2010, August). Investigating experts’ memory with event-related potentials. Invited colloquia at University of Victoria, Canada.

Herzmann, G. (2008, November). Understanding individual differences in face cognition with ERPs. Invited colloquia at University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Herzmann, G. (2008, July). Individual differences in face cognition: Using ERPs to determine relationships between behavioral and neurocognitive indicatorsInvited colloquia at University of Jena, Germany.

Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2008, July). Individual differences in face processing: Psychophysiological indicators. Talk presented at the XXIX. International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.

Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2008, May). Individual differences in face cognition: Distinct component abilities and basic neural processes. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, USA.

Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2007, July). Measuring face processing II: Psychophysiological data. Talk presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, Gießen, Germany.

Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2006, March). Die Reliabilität der Dm – ein Maß der Enkodierung von Gesichtern in’s Gedächtnis. Talk (in German) presented at the annual meeting of experimental psychologists, Mainz, Germany.

Herzmann, G. (2005, February). The early repetition effect: Reliability and methodological influences. Invited talk presented at the Perception Conference in Tübingen, Germany.

Herzmann, G. (2005, February). The build-up of new representations for faces and names in long-term memory. Invited colloquia at University of Bern, Switzerland.

Herzmann, G. (2004, July). Investigating familiar face recognition using SCR and ERPs. Invited colloquia at Waseda University, Japan.

Herzmann, G., Schweinberger, S.R., Sommer, W., & Jentzsch, I. (2002, September). Routes to face recognition: Functional dissociation of cognitive and affective pathways. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the German Society of Psychology, Berlin, Germany.


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