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Jennifer J. Richler

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

I am broadly interested in the cognitive mechanisms involved in visual object recognition, memory, and categorization and how these processes are modulated by experience and expertise. A good deal of my research with my advisors Isabel Gauthier of the OPL and Tom Palmeri of the CatLab has used faces, a category for which we are all experts, to explore a behavioral marker of perceptual expertise, holistic processing. My dissertation at Vanderbilt explored the consequences of naming objects on memory for those objects.

Representative Publications

Ross, D.A., Richler, J.J., & Gauthier, I. (in press) Reliability of composite task measurements of holistic face processing. Behavior Research Methods.

Harrison, S.A., Gauthier, I., Hayward, W., & Richler, J.J. (in press). Other-race effectsmanifest in overall performance, not qualitative processing style. Visual Cognition.

Gauthier, I., McGugin, R.W., Richler, J.J., Herzmann, G., Speegle, M., & Van Gulick, A.B. (in press). Experience moderates overlap between object and face recognition, suggesting a common ability. Journal of Vision.

Richler, J.J., & Gauthier, I. (in press). A meta-analysis and review of holistic faceprocessing. Psychological Bulletin.

Chua, K.-W., Richler, J.J., & Gauthier, I. (2014). Becoming a Lunari or Taiyo expert:Learned attention to parts drives holistic processing of faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 1174-1182.

Richler, J.J., & Palmeri, T.J. (2014). Visual category learning. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 5, 75-94.

 Richler, J.J., Palmeri, T.J., & Gauthier, I. (2013). The effects of varying configuration in the composite task support an attentional account of holistic processing. Visual Cognition, 21, 711-715.

 Richler, J.J., & Gauthier, I. (2013). When intuition fails to align with data: A reply to Rossion (2013). Visual Cognition, 21, 254-276.

Richler, J.J., Palmeri, T.J., & Gauthier, I. (2013). How does using object names influence visual recognition memory? Journal of Memory and Language, 68, 10-25. 

Richler, J.J., Palmeri, T.J., & Gauthier, I. (2012). Meanings, mechanisms, and measures ofholistic processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 553. 

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, 10-22.

Fritz, C.O., Morris, P.E., & Richler, J.J. (2012). Effect size measures: Current use, calculations and interpretation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 2-18.

Richler, J.J., Cheung, O.S., & Gauthier, I. (2011). Beliefs alter holistic face processing…ifresponse bias is not taken into account. Journal of Vision, 11, 1-13.

Richler, J.J., Gauthier, I., & Palmeri, T.J. (2011). Automaticity of basic-level categorization accounts for labeling effects in visual recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 37, 1579-1587.

Cheung, O.S., Richler, J.J., Phillips, W.S., & Gauthier, I. (2011). Does temporal integration of face parts reflect holistic processing? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 476-483.

Richler, J.J., Wong, Y.K., & Gauthier, I. (2011). Perceptual expertise as a shift from strategic interference to automatic holistic processing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 129-134.

Richler, J.J., Cheung, O.S., & Gauthier, I. (2011). Holistic processing predicts face recognition. Psychological Science, 22, 464-471.

Mack, M.L., Richler, J.J., Gauthier, I., & Palmeri, T.J. (2011). Indecision on decisional separability. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 1-9.

Richler, J.J., Mack, M.L., Palmeri, T.J., & Gauthier, I. (2011). Inverted faces are (eventually) processed holistically. Vision Research, 51, 333-342.

Mack, M.L., Richler, J.J., Polyn, S., & Palmeri, T.J. (2010). Modelling effects of object naming on long term object recognition memory. Visual Cognition, 18, 1526-1529. 

Richler, J.J., Mack, M.L., Gauthier, I., & Palmeri, T.J. (2009) Holistic processing of faces happens at a glance. Vision Research, 49, 2856-2861.

Richler, J.J., Cheung, O.S., Wong, A.C.-N., & Gauthier, I. (2009). Does response interference contribute to face composite effects? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16, 258-263.

Richler, J.J., Bukach, C.M., & Gauthier, I. (2009). Context influences holistic processing of non-face objects in the composite task. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71, 530-540.

Cheung, O.S., Richler, J.J., Palmeri, T.J. & Gauthier, I. (2008). Revisiting the role of spatial frequencies in the holistic processing of faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 34, 1327-1336.

Richler, J.J., Tanaka, J.W., Brown, D.D. & Gauthier, I. (2008). Why does selective attention to parts fail in face processing? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 34, 1356-1368.

Richler, J.J., Gauthier, I., Wenger, M.J. & Palmeri, T.J. (2008). Holistic  processing of faces: Perceptual and decisional components. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 34, 328-342.

Richler, J.J., Mack, M.L., Gauthier, I. & Palmeri, T.J. (2007). Distinguishing between perceptual and decisional sources of holism in face processing. Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 1427-1432.


Honors

Jum Nunnally Dissertation Award, Vanderbilt University, 2010

Golden Greeble Research Grant, Perceptual Expertise Network, 2009

Pat Burns Memorial Graduate Student Research Award, Vanderbilt University, 2008

Golden Greeble Travel Grant, Perceptual Expertise Network, 2007