School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Herve Abdi

Program Head, Cognition and Neuroscience PhD

Research Interests

Memory and cognition, quantitative models, neuroimaging, genomics

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2065
Office: GR_4.216
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: Personal Website


With more than 250 publications, Dr. Hervé Abdi focuses his work around three areas: psychology of memory, neural networks, and statistics. His psychology of memory research is mainly directed toward the modeling of long-term semantic memory for faces and non-verbal material such as odors and tastes. The neural networks research is directed at finding a generalization of auto-associative networks and to the analysis of the statistical properties of connectionist models. Dr. Abdi’s statistical work is oriented towards the analysis of very large, complex and multi-modal data sets such as found in brain imaging and genetic studies. Dr. Abdi was a Fulbright scholar and a visiting associate professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown University, a resident of the “Paris Institute of Advanced Studies” and also has served as a visiting professor at universities in Switzerland, Japan, France and Canada. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Franche-Comté in France, his two master’s degrees from the Universities of Clermond-Ferrand and Strasbourg in France, and his PhD from the University of Aix-en-Provence in France.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications


Abdi, H., & Beaton, D (in press, 2016). Principal Component and Correspondence Analyses Using R. New York: Springer Verlag.

Abdi, H., Esposito Vinzi, V., Russolillo, G., Saporta, G., & Trinchera, L. (Eds.) (in press, 2016). The Multiple Facets of Partial Least Squares Methods. New York: Springer Verlag.

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Schwarz, A.L., van Kleeck, A., Maguire, M.J., & Abdi, H. (in press, 2016). Do acting out verbs with dolls and comparison learning between scenes boost toddlers’ verb comprehension? Journal of Child Language, 43.

Jerger, S, Damian, M.F., Tye-Murray, N., & Abdi, H. (in press, 2016). Children perceive speech onsets by ear and eye. Journal of Child Language, 43.

Beaton, D., Dunlop, J., ADNI, & Abdi, H. (in press, 2016). Partial Least Squares-Correspondence Analysis: A framework to simultaneously analyze behavioral and genetic data. Psychological Methods, 21.

Connolly, A., Sha, L., Guntupalli, J.S., Oosterhof, N., Halchenko, Y., Nastase, S., di Oleggio Castello, M.V., Abdi, H., Jobst, B., Gobbini, M.D., & Haxby, J. (in press). How the human brain represents perceived dangerousness or “predacity” of animals. Journal of NeuroScience, 36.