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 serves as co-Director 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'Optometrie, Universite de Montreal. 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