Herve Abdi

Professor - School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Tags: Cognition and Neuroscience

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Psychology
Universite de Bourgogne - 1988
M.S. - Neurology
University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg - 1977
M.S. - Economics
University of Clermond-Ferrand - 1976
M.S. - Psychology
University of Franche-Comt - 1975

Research Areas

Research Interests
My research is organized around three areas: psychology of memory, neural networks, and statistics. The psychology of memory research is mainly directed toward the modeling of long term semantic memory (e.g., scripts, schema, concepts) and memory for faces. 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. My work with statistics is oriented towards two domains: analysis of variance (experimental design) and analysis of qualitative data (correspondence analysis, additive tree analysis).
  • Face processing and computational models of face processing.
  • Neural networks.
  • Computational and statistical models of cognitive processes (especially memory and learning).
  • Experimental design.
  • Multivariate statistical analysis (including simple and multiple correspondence analysis, PLS regression, STATIS, multiple factor analysis. etc.).
  • Statistical analysis of brain imaging data.
  • Olfaction, smell, taste, flavor, etc.


Beaton, D., Chin Fatt C.R., & Abdi, H. (in press, 2014). An ExPosition of multivariate analysis with the Singular Value Decomposition in R. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis . 2014 - Publication
Abdi, H., & Williams, L.J. (in press, 2012). Partial least squares methods: Partial least squares correlation and partial least square regression. In: B. Reisfeld & A. Mayeno (Eds.), Methods in Molecular Biology: Computational Toxicology. New York: Springer Verlag. pp. 549-579. 2013 - Publication
Bécu, J.M., Pelé, J., Rodien, P., Abdi, H., & Chabbert, M. (in press, 2012). Structural evolution of G-protein-coupled receptors: A sequence space approach. In: P. M. Conn, (Ed.), Methods in Enzymology: G Protein Coupled Receptors. New York: Academic Press. pp. 49-66. 2013 - Publication
Jerger, S., Damian, M.F., Mills, C., Bartlett, J., Tye-Murray, N., & Abdi, H. (in press, 2012).  Effects of perceptual load on semantic acces by speech in children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55. 2013 - Publication
Churchill, N., Oder, A., Abdi, H., Tam, F., Lee, W., Thomas, C., Graham, S., & Strother, S. (2012). Optimizing correction of head motion and physiological noise in single-subject fMRI analyses: 1. Standard temporal-based methods. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 609-627. 2012 - Publication
Abdi, H., Williams, L.J., Valentin, D., & Bennani-Dosse, M. (2012). STATIS and DISTATIS: Optimum multi-table principal component analysis and three way metric multidimensional scaling.Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 4, 124-167. 2012 - Publication
A95. Pinkham, A.E., Sasson, N.J., Beaton, D., Abdi, H., Kohler, C.G., & Penn, D.L. (in press, 2012). Qualitatively distinct factors contribute to elevated rates of paranoia in autism and schizophrenia.Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121. 2012 - Publication
Connolly, A., Guntupalli, J.S., Gors, G., Hanke, M., Halchenko, Y., Wu, Y.C., Abdi, H., & Haxby, J.V. (2012). Representation of biological classes in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 2606-2618. 2012 - Publication
Abdi, H., Williams, L.J., Beaton, D., Posamentier, M., Harris, T.S., Krishnan, A., & Devous, M.D. (in press, 2012). Analysis of regional cerebral blood flow data to discriminate among Alzheimer's disease, fronto-temporal dementia, and elderly controls: A multi-block barycentric discriminant analysis (MUBADA) methodology. Journal of Alzheimer Disease, 31. 2012 - Publication
Williams, L.J., Dunlop, J.P., & Abdi, H. (2012).Effect of age on the variability in the production of text-based global inferences. PLoS One, 7(5): e36161. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0036161 (pp.1-9). 2012 - Publication


Adjunct Professor
University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center [2001–Present]
The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1989–2018]
Universite de Bourgogne [1988–2018]
Visiting Professor
Brown University [1986–1987]
Associate Professor
Universite de Bourgogne [1983–1988]
Assistant Professor
Universite de Besancon [1979–1983]

Additional Information

Honors and Awards
Fullbright scholar (1986-1987). Center for Cognitive Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rl., U.S.A.
Personal Statement

Hervé Abdi received an MS in Psychology from the University of Franche-Comté (France) in 1975, an MS (D.E.A.) in Economics from the University of Clermond-Ferrand (France) in 1976, an MS (D.E.A.) in Neurology from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France) in 1977, and a PhD in Mathematical Psychology from the University of Aix-en-Provence (France) in 1980.

He was an assistant professor in the University of Franche-Comté (France) in 1979, an associate professor in the University of Bourgogne at Dijon (France) in 1983, a full professor in the University of Bourgogne at Dijon (France) in 1988. He is currently a full professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas and an adjunct professor of Radiology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Dr. Abdi was a Fullbright scholar and visiting associate professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences at Brown University in 1986 and 1987; he has been, also, a visiting professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), Chuo University (Japan), Université de Dijon (France), Université de la Sorbonne (Paris), the "Conservatoire Nationale des Art et Métiers" (Paris) and the Rotman institute (Canada).


Current Ph.D. Students
Maneesha Bendkhale Joseph Dunlop Marsha Neville-Smith Nils Pnard
Some Former Ph.D. Students
Lucile Chanquoy (now Professor at the Universit de Nice, France) Patrick Lemaire (now Professor at the Universit de Marseille, France). Dominique Valentin (now Associate Professor at the Universit de Bourgogne a Dijon, France) Betty Edelman (now Senior Lecturer at UTD). Fan Yang (now Associate Professor at the Universit de Bourgogne a Dijon, France) Mette Posamentier (now Faculty at UTSW).