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Hervé Abdi

Hervé Abdi


Research Interests: Psychometrics/Sensometrics/Advanced Multivariate Statistics/Qualitative Data Analysis/Genomics & Brain Imaging Methodology/Individual Differences

GR 4.216
Hervé Abdi's Webpage
Curriculum Vitae

Professional Preparation

HDR: Habilitation - Mathematical Psychology / Cognitive Science
Université de Bourgogne - 1988
Ph.D. - Mathematical Psychology
Université d'Aix En Provence - 1980
M.S. - Neurology
University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg - 1977
M.S. - Economics / Econometrics
University of Clermond-Ferrand - 1976
M.S. - Psychology
University of Franche-Comté - 1975

Research Areas

Research Interests
Multivariate Psychometrics / Sensometrics / Advanced Multivariate Statistics / Individual Differences / Analysis of Qualitative Data

My research is organized around two main areas:  a) advanced statistics, sensometrics, and psychometrics and b)  psychology of memory. The psychology of memory research is mainly directed toward the modeling of semantic memory (e.g., scripts, schema, concepts), autobiographical memory, and memory for non-verbal material (e.g., taste, smell, faces). For statistics, sensometrics, and psychometrics, my interest includes the analysis of qualitative data and the analysis of complex and large multi-block and multi-modality data sets (e.g., mixture of quantitative and qualitative data) as often found in brain imaging or genomic data. These methods include (among others): simple and multiple correspondence analysis, partial least square correlation (PLSC) and regression (PLSR), Multi-Way multi-dimensional scaling  (STATIS), and multiple factor analysis (MFA). I am also interested in making the results of these analyses easier to interpret by developing new methods (e.g., sparsification) that can help automatically identity important variables and observations in large and complex data sets.


Schwarz, A.L., Jurica, M., Edge, C., Stiller, C., Webb-Culver, T., & Abdi H. (2022). How do teachers of deaf prereaders communicating in american sign language select storybooks for read alouds? The American Annals of the Deaf, 167. - publication
Mizener, B., van der Berghe, M., Abdi, H., & Chollet, S. (2022) Cognitive music listening qualia: a multivariate approach. Auditory Perception & Cognition, 5. doi:  2022 - publication
Rieck, J.R., Baracchini, G., Nichol, D., Abdi, H., & Grady, C.L. (2021). Reconfiguration and dedifferentiation of functional networks during cognitive control across the adult lifespan. Neurobiology of Aging, 106, 80-94. doi: 2021 - publications
Rieck, J.R., Baracchini, G., Nichol, D., Abdi, H., & Grady, C.L. (2021). Dataset of functional connectivity during cognitive control for an adult lifespan sample. Data in Brief, 39, 107573 (1-15). doi: 2021 - publication
Fan, C.L, Abdi, H., & Levine, B. (2021). On the relationship between trait autobiographical episodic memory and spatial navigation . Memory & Cognition, 49, 265-275. doi: 2021 - publication
Taddese, B., Garnier, A., Abdi, H., Henrion, D. & Chabbert, M. (2020). Deciphering collaborative sidechain motions in proteins during molecular dynamics simulations. Scientific Reports, 10, 15,901, 1-14. doi: 2020 - publication
Diamond, N., Abdi, H., & Levine, B. (2020). Different patterns of recollection for matched real-world and laboratory-based episodes in younger and older adults. Cognition, 202, doi: 104309. 2020 - publication
Raman, R., Kriegsman, M., Abdi, H., Tillman, B., & Dowling J. (2020). Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven: Sorting piano excerpts based on perceived similarity using DiSTATIS. New Ideas in Psychology, 57, 1-15. doi: 100757. 2020 - publication


Institute of Advanced Studies - IEA-Paris [2015]
Institute of Advanced Studies - IEA-Paris [2014]
Fullbright Scholar - Brown University / Université de Bourgogne [1987]
Fullbright Scholar - Brown University / Université de Bourgogne [1986]


The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–Present]
Adjunct Professor
University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center [2001–2016]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1989–1994]
Université de Bourgogne [1988–1998]
Visiting Professor
Brown University [1986–1987]
Associate Professor
Universite de Bourgogne [1983–1988]
Assistant Professor
Universite de Besançon [1979–1983]

Additional Information

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

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS). Fellow at the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (2014-2015).
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
  • Shelia Meldrum
  • Luke Moraglia
Some Former Ph.D. Students
  • Lucile Chanquoy (now Professor at the Université de Nice, France) 
  • Patrick Lemaire (now Professor at the Université de Marseille, France).
  •  Dominique Valentin (now Associate Professor at the Université de Bourgogne a Dijon, France) 
  • Betty Edelman (now Senior Lecturer at UTD). 
  • Fan Yang (now Associate Professor at the Université de Bourgogne à Dijon, France) 
  • Mette Posamentier (now Assistant Dean of assessment, Engineering & Computer Science, UTD).
  • Nils Pénard (now senior statistical scientist at UCB BIOSCIENCES GmbH, Monheim, Germany).
  • Dana Roark (now senior lecturer at UTD).
  • Marsha Neville-Smith. (now professor at TWU-Dallas Campus).
  • Jun Yi Wang (now postdoctoral scholar at University of California at Davis).
  • Anjali Krishnan (now associate professor, Brooklyn College, New York).
  • Joseph Dunlop (now research scientist, SAS Institute).
  • Derek Beaton (now Director of Advanced Analytics, Data Science & Advanced Analytics, DSAA, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada).
  • Cherise Chin Fatt (now Assistant Professor UTSW, Dallas, Texas).
  • Michael Kriegsman (now CEO Michael Kriegsman Consulting).
  • Ju-Chi Yu (now post-doctoral fellow Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada).