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Rankin Williams McGugin

Research Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Representative Publications

*McGugin, R.W., Van Gulick, A., Tamber-Rosenau, B., Ross, D. & Gauthier, I. (submitted). Expertise effects in face-selective areas are robust to clutter and diverted attention, but not to competition.

*McGugin, R.W., Newton, A.T., Gore, J.C. & Gauthier, I. (submitted). Expertise effects in right FFA2 are robust to increased attentional load.

*Gauthier, I., McGugin, R.W., Richler, J.J., Herzmann, G., Speegle, M. & Van Gulick, A.E. (submitted). Experience moderates overlap between object and face recognition, suggesting common ability.

*Ross, D., McGugin, R.W. & Gauthier, I. (2013). Heterogeneity of FFA responses or multiplexing? Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

McGugin, R.W. & Gauthier, I. (2013). The cognitive neuroscience of face recognition. In Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience. New York. Oxford University Press.

*McGugin, R.W., Gatenby, J.C., Gore, J. & Gauthier, I. (2012). High-resolution imaging of expertise reveals reliable object selectivity in the FFA related to perceptual performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(42), 17063-17068.

*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.

*Wong, A.C.-N., Qu, Z., McGugin, R.W., Gauthier, I. (2011). Perceptual interference between processing of characters from alphabetic and non-alphabetic writing systems. Journal of Vision, 11, 1-8.

*McGugin, R.W., Tanaka, J.W., Lebrecht, S., Tarr, M.J. & Gauthier, I. (2010). Race-specific perceptual discrimination training improvement following short individuation training with faces. Cognitive Science, 107), 622.

*McKeeff, T.J., McGugin, R.W., Tong, F., & Gauthier, I. (2010). Expertise increases the functional overlap between face and object perception. Cognition, 117(3), 355-360.

*McGugin, R.W., McKeeff, T.J., Tong, F., & Gauthier, I. (2010). Competition between domains of expertise in a visual search paradigm. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, DOI: 10.3758/s13414-010-0006-5.

*McGugin, R.W. & Gauthier, I. (2010). Perceptual expertise with objects predicts another hallmark of face perception. Journal of Vision, 10(4), doi:10.1167/10.4.15.

McGugin, R.W. & Tanaka, J. (2010). Transfer and Generalization in Learning. In M. Banich & D. Caccamise (Eds.) Generalization of Knowledge: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Psychology Press.

*Williams, N.R., Willenbockel, V. & Gauthier, I. (2009). Sensitivity to spatial frequency and orientation content is not specific to face perception. Vision Research, 19, 2353-2362.