Hervé Abdi

senior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2014/2015
discipline Psychology
Professor School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

Research project

Facets of Memory


Previous work based on a meta-analysis of very large sets of brain imaging studies suggests that the cortex is organized in two well-defined anatomic functional networks called “rings.” The first ring, called the Visual-Sensori-Motor ring, (VSA ring) comprises brain regions involved in immediate high speed information processing. The second ring, called the Parieto-Temporal-Frontal ring, comprises brain regions involved in more deliberative processing such as memory, emotions, and biological rhythms. These two rings implement two different temporal integration scales but communicate via a set of common regions. In this project, we plan to develop and extend this previous work by integrating information from different databases in order to relate anatomico-functional data with their genetic counterparts and their cognitive and psychological expression.




Hervé Abdi 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. His recent work is concerned with: face and person perception and memory, odor perception and memory, and with computational modeling of these processes. He is also developing statistical techniques to analyze the structure of large and complex data sets as found, for example, in Genomics, brain imaging, and sensory evaluation (e.g., principal component analysis, correspondence analysis, PLS-Regression, STATIS, DISTATIS, discriminant correspondence analysis, multiple factor analysis, multi-table analysis, additive tree representations). He teaches or has taught classes in cognition, computational modeling, experimental design, multivariate statistics, and the analysis of brain imaging data. He is the author or co-author of more than two hundred scientific papers and author or editor of more than twenty volumes, including H. Abdi, D. Beaton, Principal Component and Correspondence Analyses Using R. (Springer Verlag, in press, 2015) and H. Abdi, B. Edelman, D. Valentin, W. J. Dowling, Experimental Design and Analysis for Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Selected publications


'Multiple factor analysis: Principal component analysis for multi-table and multi-block data sets', with L.J. Williams & D. Valentin, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, vol. 5, no. 2, 2013, pp.  149-179.


'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', with L.J. Williams et al., Journal of Alzheimer Disease, vol. 31, 2012, pp. 189-201.


'Multiple Subject Barycentric Discriminant Analysis (MUSUBADA): How to assign scans to categories without using spatial normalization', with L.J. Williams et al., Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2012, pp. 1-15.


'STATIS and DISTATIS: Optimum multi-table principal component analysis and three-way metric multidimensional scaling' with L.J. Williams, D. Valentin & M. Bennani-Dosse, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, vol. 4, no.2, 2012, pp. 124−167.


'Principal component analysis', with L.J. Williams, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, vol. 2, no.4, 2010, pp. 433−459.


'Partial least squares (PLS) regression', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, vol. 2, no. 1, 2010, pp. 97−106.



senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2014/2015
Paris Institute for Advanced Study
discipline History
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EURIAS promotion 2016/2017
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EURIAS promotion 2011/2012
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senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2013/2014
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discipline History