Herve Abdi

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

Professional Preparation

HDR: Habilitation - Methematical 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-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.
  • Statistical Methodology.


Valentin, D., Chollet, S., Lelivre, M., & Abdi, H. (2012).Quick and dirty but still pretty good: A review of new descriptive methods in food science. International Journal of Food Science & Technology, 47, 1563-1578. 2012 - Publication
Pelé, J., Bécu, J.M., Abdi, H., & Chabbert, M. (in press, 2012). Bios2mds: an R package for comparing orthologous protein families by metric multidimensional scaling. BMC Bioinformatics,13, doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-133. 2012 - Publication
Calley, C.S., Motes, M.A., Chiang, H.S., Buhl, V., Spence, J.S., Abdi, H., Anand, R., Maguire, M., Estevez, L., Briggs, R., Freeman, T., Kraut, M.A., & Hart, J. (in press, 2012). Threat as a feature in visual semantic object memory. Human Brain Mapping. 2012 - Publication
Wang, J.Y., Abdi, H., Bakhadirov, K., Diaz-Arrastia, R., & Devous, M.D. (2012). A comprehensive reliability assessment of quantitative diffusion tensor tractography. NeuroImage, 60, 1127-1138. 2012 - Publication
Abdi, H., Williams, L.J., Connolly, A.C., Gobbini, M.I., Dunlop, J.P., & Haxby, J.V. (2012). Multiple Subject Barycentric Discriminant Analysis (MUSUBADA): How to assign scans to categories without using spatial normalization. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2012, 1-15. doi:10.1155/2012/634165. 2012 - Publication
Buchsbaum, B.R., Lemire-Rodger, S., Fang, C., & Abdi, H. (in press, 2012). The neural basis of vivid memory is patterned on perception. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24. 2012 - Publication
Vick, J.C., Campbell, T.F., Shriberg, L.D., Green, J.R., Abdi, H., Rusiewicz, H.L., Venkatesh, L., & Moore, C.A. (2012). Distinct developmental profiles in typical speech development. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107, 2885-2900. 2012 - Publication
Krishnan, A., Williams, L.J., McIntosh, A.R., & Abdi, H. (2011). Partial Least Squares (PLS) methods for neuroimaging: A tutorial and review. 56 2011 - Publication
Wang, J.Y., Bakhadirov, K., Abdi, H., Devous, M., Marquez de la Plata, C.D., Moore, C., Madden, C.J., & Diaz-Arrastia, R. (2011).Longitudinal changes of structural connectivity in traumatic axonal injury. Neurology, 77, 818-826. 2011 - Publication
St-Laurent, M., Abdi, H., Burianov, H., & Grady, C.L. (2011). Influence of aging on the neural correlates of autobiographical, episodic, and semantic memory retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 4150-4163. 2011 - Publication


Adjunct Professor
University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center [2001–2016]
The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–2020]
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]


Fullbright Scholar - Brown University / Université de Bourgogne [1987]
Fullbright Scholar - Brown University / Université de Bourgogne [1986]

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).

Honors and Awards
The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellow at the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (2014-2015).


Current Ph.D. Students
  • Shelia Meldrum
  • Ju-Chi Yu
  • Luke Moraglia
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 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 assistant professor, Brooklyn College, New York).
  • Joseph Dunlop (now research scientist, SAS Institute).
  • Derek Beaton (now post-doctoral fellow, Rotman Institute, Toronto, Canada).
  • Cherise Chin Fatt (nowAssistant Professor UTSW, Dallas, Texas).
  • Michael Kriegsman (now CEO Michael Kriegsman Consulting).