A major component of our current research asks how experts become experts. Do they perceive the world differently? Do they know more? Do they know different things? Do they use knowledge differently? Do they use certain knowledge more quickly? Or is there some combination of all of these? Our laboratory approaches these questions using behavioral experiments, cognitive neuroscience techniques, and computational modeling. In several comprehensive reviews, we have related research in object perception, object categorization, object memory, and perceptual expertise.
Nosofsky, R.M., & Palmeri, T.J. (2013). Exemplar-based random walk model. To appear in J.R. Busemeyer, J. Townsend, Z.J. Wang, & A. Eidels (Eds.), Mathematical and Computational Models of Cognition, Oxford University Press.
Mack, M.L., & Palmeri, T.J. (2011). The timing of visual object categorization. Frontiers in Perception Science.
Gauthier, I., Wong, A.C.-N., Palmeri, T.J. (2010). Manipulating visual experience: Comment on Op de Beeck and Baker. Trends in Cognitive Science, 14, 235-236.
Palmeri, T.J., & Cottrell, G. (2009). Modeling perceptual expertise. In D. Bub, M. Tarr, & I. Gauthier (Eds.), Perceptual Expertise: Bridging Brain and Behavior. Oxford University Press. [PDF]
Wong, A.C.-N., Palmeri, T.J., Rogers, B.P., Gore, J.C., & Gauthier, I. (2009). Beyond shape: Experience can determine patterns of category selectivity in the visual system. PLoS One, 4(12), e8405.
Wong, A.C.-N., Palmeri, T.J., & Gauthier I. (2009). Conditions for face-like expertise with objects: Becoming a Ziggerin expert â€“ but which type? Psychological Science, 20, 1108-1117.
Mack, M.L., Richler, J.J., Palmeri, T.J., Gauthier, I. (2008). Categorization. To appear in G.G Berntson & J.T. Cacioppo (Eds.), Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences. [PDF]
Palmeri, T.J., & Tarr (2008). Object recognition and long-term visual memory for objects. In S. Luck & A. Hollingsworth (Eds.), Visual Memory. Oxford University Press. [PDF]
Palmeri, T.J., Wong, A.C.-N., & Gauthier, I. (2004). Computational approaches to the development of perceptual expertise. Trends in Cognitive Science, 8, 378-386. [PDF]
Palmeri, T.J., & Gauthier, I. (2004). Visual object understanding. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5, 291-303. [PDF]