K. Suzanne Scherf

Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Penn State University

About

My core interests lie in understanding how children and adolescents perceive and interpret social signals and how emerging functional specificity of the developing brain supports this process. My approach primarily involves using the face processing system as a model domain. Faces are dynamic stimuli from which we extract many different kinds of information (e.g., gender, age, emotional state, mate potential, social status, trustworthiness, intentions, “person knowledge”). All of these processes must be executed accurately and rapidly for many faces over the course of a single day, making face processing among the most taxing perceptual challenges confronted by people in their day-to-day life. Given that faces are also the pre-eminent social signal, studying developmental changes in the behavioral and brain basis of face processing in typically developing individuals and in those affected by social-emotional disorders may index a core set of developmental changes within the broader social information processing system. I employ converging methodologies, including functional (fMRI) and structural magnetic resonance, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) along with detailed behavioral paradigms in both typically developing populations and those with developmental disorders to examine development from early childhood to adulthood.

Education

University of Pittsburgh

PhD, Psychology

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Experience

Penn State University

Associate Professor / July, 2017Present

Asst Professor / July, 2011June, 2017

Publications

Visual category-selectivity for faces, places and objects emerges along different developmental trajectories

Developmental Science / Jul 01, 2007

Scherf, K. S., Behrmann, M., Humphreys, K., & Luna, B. (2007). Visual category-selectivity for faces, places and objects emerges along different developmental trajectories. Developmental Science, 10(4), F15–F30. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00595.x

Brain Basis of Developmental Change in Visuospatial Working Memory

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / Jul 01, 2006

Scherf, K. S., Sweeney, J. A., & Luna, B. (2006). Brain Basis of Developmental Change in Visuospatial Working Memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(7), 1045–1058. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2006.18.7.1045

A Two-Hit Model of Autism

Clinical Psychological Science / Aug 04, 2014

Picci, G., & Scherf, K. S. (2014). A Two-Hit Model of Autism. Clinical Psychological Science, 3(3), 349–371. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702614540646

Designing Serious Game Interventions for Individuals with Autism

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Dec 10, 2014

Whyte, E. M., Smyth, J. M., & Scherf, K. S. (2014). Designing Serious Game Interventions for Individuals with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 3820–3831. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2333-1

Facing changes and changing faces in adolescence: A new model for investigating adolescent-specific interactions between pubertal, brain and behavioral development

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience / Apr 01, 2012

Scherf, K. S., Behrmann, M., & Dahl, R. E. (2012). Facing changes and changing faces in adolescence: A new model for investigating adolescent-specific interactions between pubertal, brain and behavioral development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(2), 199–219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2011.07.016

The amygdala: An agent of change in adolescent neural networks

Hormones and Behavior / Jul 01, 2013

Scherf, K. S., Smyth, J. M., & Delgado, M. R. (2013). The amygdala: An agent of change in adolescent neural networks. Hormones and Behavior, 64(2), 298–313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2013.05.011

Emergence of Global Shape Processing Continues Through Adolescence

Child Development / Jan 01, 2009

Scherf, K. S., Behrmann, M., Kimchi, R., & Luna, B. (2009). Emergence of Global Shape Processing Continues Through Adolescence. Child Development, 80(1), 162–177. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01252.x

Autism Spectrum Disorders

May 01, 2011

Amaral, D., Geschwind, D., & Dawson, G. (Eds.). (2011). Autism Spectrum Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371826.001.0001

The visual white matter: The application of diffusion MRI and fiber tractography to vision science

Sep 02, 2016

Rokem, A., Takemura, H., Bock, A., Scherf, K. S., Behrmann, M., Wandell, B., Fine, I., Bridge, H., & Franco, P. (2016). The visual white matter: The application of diffusion MRI and fiber tractography to vision science. https://doi.org/10.1101/072793

From Caregivers to Peers

Psychological Science / Sep 30, 2016

Picci, G., & Scherf, K. S. (2016). From Caregivers to Peers. Psychological Science, 27(11), 1461–1473. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797616663142

Two faces, two languages: An fMRI study of bilingual picture naming

Brain and Language / Dec 01, 2013

Li, Y., Yang, J., Suzanne Scherf, K., & Li, P. (2013). Two faces, two languages: An fMRI study of bilingual picture naming. Brain and Language, 127(3), 452–462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2013.09.005

Development of object recognition in humans

F1000 Biology Reports / Jul 27, 2009

Nishimura, M., Scherf, S., & Behrmann, M. (2009). Development of object recognition in humans. F1000 Biology Reports, 1. https://doi.org/10.3410/b1-56

Pubertal development shapes perception of complex facial expressions

Developmental Science / Jun 19, 2016

Motta‐Mena, N. V., & Scherf, K. S. (2016). Pubertal development shapes perception of complex facial expressions. Developmental Science, 20(4). Portico. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12451

Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder / Aug 01, 2011

Lubetsky, M. J., Handen, B. L., & McGonigle, J. J. (2011). Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorder, 85–111. https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199753857.003.0036

Beyond the FFA: Brain-behavior correspondences in face recognition abilities

NeuroImage / Feb 01, 2017

Elbich, D. B., & Scherf, S. (2017). Beyond the FFA: Brain-behavior correspondences in face recognition abilities. NeuroImage, 147, 409–422. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.12.042

Gaze Following Is Related to the Broader Autism Phenotype in a Sex-Specific Way: Building the Case for Distinct Male and Female Autism Phenotypes

Clinical Psychological Science / Nov 16, 2017

Whyte, E. M., & Scherf, K. S. (2017). Gaze Following Is Related to the Broader Autism Phenotype in a Sex-Specific Way: Building the Case for Distinct Male and Female Autism Phenotypes. Clinical Psychological Science, 6(2), 280–287. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702617738380

College as a Developmental Context for Emerging Adulthood in Autism: A Systematic Review of What We Know and Where We Go from Here

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / May 31, 2021

Flegenheimer, C., & Scherf, K. S. (2021). College as a Developmental Context for Emerging Adulthood in Autism: A Systematic Review of What We Know and Where We Go from Here. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 52(5), 2075–2097. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05088-4

Young children's neural processing of their mother’s voice: An fMRI study

Neuropsychologia / Jan 01, 2019

Liu, P., Cole, P. M., Gilmore, R. O., Pérez-Edgar, K. E., Vigeant, M. C., Moriarty, P., & Scherf, K. S. (2019). Young children’s neural processing of their mother’s voice: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 122, 11–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.12.003

Young children's neural processing of their mother’s voice: An fMRI study

Neuropsychologia / Jan 01, 2019

Liu, P., Cole, P. M., Gilmore, R. O., Pérez-Edgar, K. E., Vigeant, M. C., Moriarty, P., & Scherf, K. S. (2019). Young children’s neural processing of their mother’s voice: An fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 122, 11–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.12.003

Investigating the Influence of Biological Sex on the Behavioral and Neural Basis of Face Recognition

eneuro / Mar 01, 2017

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Dominance Elicits the Own-Gender Bias in Males

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2016

Motta-Mena, N., Picci, G., & Scherf, K. S. (2016). Dominance Elicits the Own-Gender Bias in Males. Journal of Vision, 16(12), 497. https://doi.org/10.1167/16.12.497

Introducing the female Cambridge face memory test – long form (F-CFMT+)

Behavior Research Methods / Feb 22, 2022

Arrington, M., Elbich, D., Dai, J., Duchaine, B., & Scherf, K. S. (2022). Introducing the female Cambridge face memory test – long form (F-CFMT+). Behavior Research Methods, 54(6), 3071–3084. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-022-01805-8

Serial verb constructions and event structure representations

Studies in Language Companion Series / Jan 24, 2017

Riccio, A. (2017). Serial verb constructions and event structure representations. Argument Realisation in Complex Predicates and Complex Events, 79–115. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.180.03ric

Dyadic interactions during infant learning: Exploring infant-parent exchanges in experimental eye-tracking studies

Infant Behavior and Development / Nov 01, 2022

Tomalski, P., López Pérez, D., Radkowska, A., & Malinowska-Korczak, A. (2022). Dyadic interactions during infant learning: Exploring infant-parent exchanges in experimental eye-tracking studies. Infant Behavior and Development, 69, 101780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2022.101780

Autism as a Developmental Neurobiological Disorder: New Insights from Functional Neuroimaging

Autism Spectrum Disorders / May 01, 2011

Minshew, N. J., Suzanne Scherf, K., Behrmann, M., & Humphreys, K. (2011). Autism as a Developmental Neurobiological Disorder: New Insights from Functional Neuroimaging. Autism Spectrum Disorders, 632–650. https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0041

Age-Related Changes in Neural Networks Supporting Complex Visual and Social Processing in Adolescence

May 27, 2019

Lerner, Y., Scherf, K. S., Katkov, M., Hasson, U., & Behrmann, M. (2019). Age-Related Changes in Neural Networks Supporting Complex Visual and Social Processing in Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1101/650887

Altered functional connectivity in the core and extended face-processing network in adolescents with autism

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2015

Whyte, E., Elbich, D., Behrmann, M., Minshew, N., & Scherf, K. S. (2015). Altered functional connectivity in the core and extended face-processing network in adolescents with autism. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 1209. https://doi.org/10.1167/15.12.1209

A typical Development of Face-Related Activation in Autism

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience / Jan 01, 2009

Suzy, S. (2009). A typical Development of Face-Related Activation in Autism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 3. https://doi.org/10.3389/conf.neuro.09.2009.10.005

The Female Cambridge Face Memory Test (F-CFMT+)

Journal of Vision / Aug 31, 2017

Motta-Mena, N., Elbich, D., Duchaine, B., & Scherf, K. S. (2017). The Female Cambridge Face Memory Test (F-CFMT+). Journal of Vision, 17(10), 841. https://doi.org/10.1167/17.10.841

I know that voice! Mothers’ voices influence children’s perceptions of emotional intensity

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology / Nov 01, 2020

Stoop, T. B., Moriarty, P. M., Wolf, R., Gilmore, R. O., Perez-Edgar, K., Scherf, K. S., Vigeant, M. C., & Cole, P. M. (2020). I know that voice! Mothers’ voices influence children’s perceptions of emotional intensity. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 199, 104907. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104907

Greeble Training in Adolescents Increases Neural Activation in the FFA

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2018

Picci, G., Behrmann, M., & Scherf, S. (2018). Greeble Training in Adolescents Increases Neural Activation in the FFA. Journal of Vision, 18(10), 562. https://doi.org/10.1167/18.10.562

Similar Neural Network Topology for Men and Women During Face Recognition

Journal of Vision / Aug 31, 2017

Elbich, D., Motta-Mena, N., & Scherf, S. (2017). Similar Neural Network Topology for Men and Women During Face Recognition. Journal of Vision, 17(10), 844. https://doi.org/10.1167/17.10.844

Functional Re-Organization in the Face-Processing Network Across Development

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2016

Elbich, D., Picci, G., Bai, X., & Scherf, S. (2016). Functional Re-Organization in the Face-Processing Network Across Development. Journal of Vision, 16(12), 774. https://doi.org/10.1167/16.12.774

Correction: A Reciprocal Model of Face Recognition and Autistic Traits: Evidence from an Individual Differences Perspective

PLoS ONE / Aug 11, 2014

(2014). Correction: A Reciprocal Model of Face Recognition and Autistic Traits: Evidence from an Individual Differences Perspective. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e105669. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0105669

Core and Extended Face-Processing Regions are Hypoactive in Autism and Related to Symptom Severity

Journal of Vision / Jul 25, 2013

Scherf, K. S., Elbich, D., Minshew, N., & Behrmann, M. (2013). Core and Extended Face-Processing Regions are Hypoactive in Autism and Related to Symptom Severity. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 846–846. https://doi.org/10.1167/13.9.846

Acquisition and Disruption of Category Specificity in the Ventral Visual Stream: The Case of Late Developing and Vulnerable Face-Related Cortex

Object Categorization / Sep 07, 2009

Scherf, K. S., Behrmann, M., & Humphreys, K. (2009). Acquisition and Disruption of Category Specificity in the Ventral Visual Stream: The Case of Late Developing and Vulnerable Face-Related Cortex. Object Categorization, 348–368. https://doi.org/10.1017/cbo9780511635465.019

Does social network quality influence facial recognition abilities in emerging adults?

Journal of Vision / Dec 05, 2022

Arrington, M., & Scherf, K. S. (2022). Does social network quality influence facial recognition abilities in emerging adults? Journal of Vision, 22(14), 4323. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.22.14.4323

Evaluating the ability of serious game intervention to alter visual processing strategies in autism during eye gaze processing using computational modeling

Journal of Vision / Dec 05, 2022

Griffin, J., Hsiao, J., & Scherf, S. (2022). Evaluating the ability of serious game intervention to alter visual processing strategies in autism during eye gaze processing using computational modeling. Journal of Vision, 22(14), 3956. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.22.14.3956

Mapping the Neural Mechanisms of the Own Species Bias in the Ventrovisual Pathway

Journal of Vision / Dec 05, 2022

Qian, Y., & Scherf, K. S. (2022). Mapping the Neural Mechanisms of the Own Species Bias in the Ventrovisual Pathway. Journal of Vision, 22(14), 4406. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.22.14.4406

Does relationship quality with family or peers predict facial recognition abilities in emerging adults?

Journal of Vision / Oct 20, 2020

Arrington, M., & Scherf, K. S. (2020). Does relationship quality with family or peers predict facial recognition abilities in emerging adults? Journal of Vision, 20(11), 1502. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.20.11.1502

Puberty is Associated with Amygdala Activation during Face Emotion Processing: A Label-Based Meta-analysis Review

Journal of Vision / Oct 20, 2020

Dai, J., & Scherf, K. S. (2020). Puberty is Associated with Amygdala Activation during Face Emotion Processing: A Label-Based Meta-analysis Review. Journal of Vision, 20(11), 1386. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.20.11.1386

Improving the ability to interpret eye gaze cues in autistic adolescents: A serious game intervention

Journal of Vision / Oct 20, 2020

Griffin, J. W., Smyth, J. M., Geier, C. F., & Scherf, K. S. (2020). Improving the ability to interpret eye gaze cues in autistic adolescents: A serious game intervention. Journal of Vision, 20(11), 1346. https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.20.11.1346

Is there a Bias to Encode Peer Faces in the FFA?

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2018

Dai, J., & Scherf, S. (2018). Is there a Bias to Encode Peer Faces in the FFA? Journal of Vision, 18(10), 1087. https://doi.org/10.1167/18.10.1087

Reduced sensitivity to static and dynamic eye gaze cues in adolescents with autism

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2018

Griffin, J., & Scherf, K. S. (2018). Reduced sensitivity to static and dynamic eye gaze cues in adolescents with autism. Journal of Vision, 18(10), 923. https://doi.org/10.1167/18.10.923

Still Rough Around the Edges – Effects of Age and Individual Differences on Neural Network Organization in Young Adults

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2018

Elbich, D., & Scherf, S. (2018). Still Rough Around the Edges – Effects of Age and Individual Differences on Neural Network Organization in Young Adults. Journal of Vision, 18(10), 933. https://doi.org/10.1167/18.10.933

Eye gaze following is an autism endophenotype for males but not females

Journal of Vision / Aug 31, 2017

Whyte, E., & Scherf, K. S. (2017). Eye gaze following is an autism endophenotype for males but not females. Journal of Vision, 17(10), 629. https://doi.org/10.1167/17.10.629

Pubertal Development and Emerging Sensitivity to Complex Facial Expressions

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2015

Garcia, N. V., & Scherf, K. S. (2015). Pubertal Development and Emerging Sensitivity to Complex Facial Expressions. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 1384. https://doi.org/10.1167/15.12.1384

The development of gender and age biases in face recognition from childhood into adulthood

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2015

Picci, G., & Scherf, K. (2015). The development of gender and age biases in face recognition from childhood into adulthood. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 1191. https://doi.org/10.1167/15.12.1191

Over-Connectivity in the Face-Processing Network is Related to Weaker Face Recognition Ability

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2015

Elbich, D., & Scherf, S. (2015). Over-Connectivity in the Face-Processing Network is Related to Weaker Face Recognition Ability. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 166. https://doi.org/10.1167/15.12.166

Axial Diffusivity in the ILF and IFOF is Related to Autism Symptom Severity

Journal of Vision / Sep 01, 2015

Scherf, K. S., Legault, J., Turney, I., Elbich, D., Minshew, N., & Behrmann, M. (2015). Axial Diffusivity in the ILF and IFOF is Related to Autism Symptom Severity. Journal of Vision, 15(12), 639. https://doi.org/10.1167/15.12.639

A reciprocal model of face recognition and the autism condition: Evidence from an individual differences perspective

Journal of Vision / Aug 22, 2014

Tanaka, J., Halliday, D., MacDonald, S., & Scherf, S. (2014). A reciprocal model of face recognition and the autism condition: Evidence from an individual differences perspective. Journal of Vision, 14(10), 1443–1443. https://doi.org/10.1167/14.10.1443

Structural properties of white matter circuits necessary for face perception

Journal of Vision / Aug 22, 2014

Scherf, S., Behrmann, M., Thomas, C., Avidan, G., & Elbich, D. (2014). Structural properties of white matter circuits necessary for face perception. Journal of Vision, 14(10), 1464–1464. https://doi.org/10.1167/14.10.1464

Development of size- and view-invariance in LOC: an fMR-adaptation study

Journal of Vision / Jul 25, 2013

Nishimura, M., Scherf, K. S., Zachariou, V., Tarr, M. J., & Behrmann, M. (2013). Development of size- and view-invariance in LOC: an fMR-adaptation study. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 491–491. https://doi.org/10.1167/13.9.491

Episodic-like memory in a gorilla: A review and new findings

Learning and Motivation / May 01, 2005

Schwartz, B. L., Hoffman, M. L., & Evans, S. (2005). Episodic-like memory in a gorilla: A review and new findings. Learning and Motivation, 36(2), 226–244. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lmot.2005.02.012

Development of Working Memory Maintenance

Journal of Neurophysiology / Jan 01, 2009

Geier, C. F., Garver, K., Terwilliger, R., & Luna, B. (2009). Development of Working Memory Maintenance. Journal of Neurophysiology, 101(1), 84–99. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.90562.2008

Configural processing in autism and its relationship to face processing

Neuropsychologia / Jan 01, 2006

Behrmann, M., Avidan, G., Leonard, G. L., Kimchi, R., Luna, B., Humphreys, K., & Minshew, N. (2006). Configural processing in autism and its relationship to face processing. Neuropsychologia, 44(1), 110–129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2005.04.002

The Privileged Status of Peer Faces: Subordinate-level Neural Representations of Faces in Emerging Adults

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / Jan 01, 2023

Dai, J., & Scherf, K. S. (2023). The Privileged Status of Peer Faces: Subordinate-level Neural Representations of Faces in Emerging Adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 35(4), 715–735. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01966

Changes in Cortical Coherence Supporting Complex Visual and Social Processing in Adolescence

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / Oct 01, 2021

Lerner, Y., Scherf, K. S., Katkov, M., Hasson, U., & Behrmann, M. (2021). Changes in Cortical Coherence Supporting Complex Visual and Social Processing in Adolescence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 33(11), 2215–2230. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01756

Improving sensitivity to eye gaze cues in adolescents on the autism spectrum using serious game technology: A randomized controlled trial

JCPP Advances / Oct 01, 2021

Griffin, J. W., Geier, C. F., Smyth, J. M., & Scherf, K. S. (2021). Improving sensitivity to eye gaze cues in adolescents on the autism spectrum using serious game technology: A randomized controlled trial. JCPP Advances, 1(3). Portico. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12041

A quantitative meta-analysis of face recognition deficits in autism: 40 years of research.

Psychological Bulletin / Mar 01, 2021

Griffin, J. W., Bauer, R., & Scherf, K. S. (2021). A quantitative meta-analysis of face recognition deficits in autism: 40 years of research. Psychological Bulletin, 147(3), 268–292. https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000310

Does decreased visual attention to faces underlie difficulties interpreting eye gaze cues in autism?

Molecular Autism / Jul 21, 2020

Griffin, J. W., & Scherf, K. S. (2020). Does decreased visual attention to faces underlie difficulties interpreting eye gaze cues in autism? Molecular Autism, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13229-020-00361-2

Measuring sensitivity to eye gaze cues in naturalistic scenes: Presenting the eye gaze FoCuS database

International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research / Jul 14, 2020

Bill, G., Whyte, E., Griffin, J. W., & Scherf, K. S. (2020). Measuring sensitivity to eye gaze cues in naturalistic scenes: Presenting the eye gaze <scp>FoCuS</scp> database. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 29(4), 1–9. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1833

The Complex Emotion Expression Database: A validated stimulus set of trained actors

PLOS ONE / Feb 03, 2020

Benda, M. S., & Scherf, K. S. (2020). The Complex Emotion Expression Database: A validated stimulus set of trained actors. PLOS ONE, 15(2), e0228248. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228248

Puberty and functional brain development in humans: Convergence in findings?

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience / Oct 01, 2019

Dai, J., & Scherf, K. S. (2019). Puberty and functional brain development in humans: Convergence in findings? Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 39, 100690. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2019.100690

Evaluating the organizational structure and specificity of network topology within the face processing system

Human Brain Mapping / Feb 18, 2019

Elbich, D. B., Molenaar, P. C. M., & Scherf, K. S. (2019). Evaluating the organizational structure and specificity of network topology within the face processing system. Human Brain Mapping, 40(9), 2581–2595. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.24546

Improving sensitivity to eye gaze cues in autism using serious game technology: study protocol for a phase I randomised controlled trial

BMJ Open / Sep 01, 2018

Scherf, K. S., Griffin, J. W., Judy, B., Whyte, E. M., Geier, C. F., Elbich, D., & Smyth, J. M. (2018). Improving sensitivity to eye gaze cues in autism using serious game technology: study protocol for a phase I randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(9), e023682. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023682

A theoretical rut: revisiting and critically evaluating the generalized under/over‐connectivity hypothesis of autism

Developmental Science / Jul 01, 2016

Picci, G., Gotts, S. J., & Scherf, K. S. (2016). A theoretical rut: revisiting and critically evaluating the generalized under/over‐connectivity hypothesis of autism. Developmental Science, 19(4), 524–549. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12467

Animal, but not human, faces engage the distributed face network in adolescents with autism

Developmental Science / Apr 14, 2015

Whyte, E. M., Behrmann, M., Minshew, N. J., Garcia, N. V., & Scherf, K. S. (2015). Animal, but not human, faces engage the distributed face network in adolescents with autism. Developmental Science, 19(2), 306–317. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12305

Neural mechanisms of face perception, their emergence over development, and their breakdown

WIREs Cognitive Science / May 19, 2016

Behrmann, M., Scherf, K. S., & Avidan, G. (2016). Neural mechanisms of face perception, their emergence over development, and their breakdown. WIREs Cognitive Science, 7(4), 247–263. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.1388

Size Precedes View: Developmental Emergence of Invariant Object Representations in Lateral Occipital Complex

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / Mar 01, 2015

Nishimura, M., Scherf, K. S., Zachariou, V., Tarr, M. J., & Behrmann, M. (2015). Size Precedes View: Developmental Emergence of Invariant Object Representations in Lateral Occipital Complex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(3), 474–491. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_00720

Emerging Sensitivity to Socially Complex Expressions: A Unique Role for Adolescence?

Child Development Perspectives / Apr 09, 2015

Garcia, N. V., & Scherf, K. S. (2015). Emerging Sensitivity to Socially Complex Expressions: A Unique Role for Adolescence? Child Development Perspectives, 9(2), 84–90. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdep.12114

Individual differences in symptom severity and behavior predict neural activation during face processing in adolescents with autism

NeuroImage: Clinical / Jan 01, 2015

Scherf, K. S., Elbich, D., Minshew, N., & Behrmann, M. (2015). Individual differences in symptom severity and behavior predict neural activation during face processing in adolescents with autism. NeuroImage: Clinical, 7, 53–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2014.11.003

A Reciprocal Model of Face Recognition and Autistic Traits: Evidence from an Individual Differences Perspective

PLoS ONE / May 22, 2014

Halliday, D. W. R., MacDonald, S. W. S., Sherf, S. K., & Tanaka, J. W. (2014). A Reciprocal Model of Face Recognition and Autistic Traits: Evidence from an Individual Differences Perspective. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e94013. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0094013

Idiom, Syntax, and Advanced Theory of Mind Abilities in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research / Feb 01, 2014

Whyte, E. M., Nelson, K. E., & Scherf, K. S. (2014). Idiom, Syntax, and Advanced Theory of Mind Abilities in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(1), 120–130. https://doi.org/10.1044/1092-4388(2013/12-0308)

Emerging Structure-Function Relations in the Developing Face Processing System

Cerebral Cortex / Jun 13, 2013

Scherf, K. S., Thomas, C., Doyle, J., & Behrmann, M. (2013). Emerging Structure-Function Relations in the Developing Face Processing System. Cerebral Cortex, 24(11), 2964–2980. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bht152

Connecting developmental trajectories: Biases in face processing from infancy to adulthood

Developmental Psychobiology / Jun 18, 2012

Scherf, K. S., & Scott, L. S. (2012). Connecting developmental trajectories: Biases in face processing from infancy to adulthood. Developmental Psychobiology, 54(6), 643–663. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.21013

"What" Precedes "Which": Developmental Neural Tuning in Face- and Place-Related Cortex

Cerebral Cortex / Jan 21, 2011

Scherf, K. S., Luna, B., Avidan, G., & Behrmann, M. (2011). “What” Precedes “Which”: Developmental Neural Tuning in Face- and Place-Related Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 21(9), 1963–1980. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhq269

Location, location, location: alterations in the functional topography of face- but not object- or place-related cortex in adolescents with autism

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience / Jan 01, 2010

Scherf. (2010). Location, location, location: alterations in the functional topography of face- but not object- or place-related cortex in adolescents with autism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2010.00026

Atypical development of face and greeble recognition in autism

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry / Aug 01, 2008

Suzanne Scherf, K., Behrmann, M., Minshew, N., & Luna, B. (2008). Atypical development of face and greeble recognition in autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(8), 838–847. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.01903.x

Missing the big picture: impaired development of global shape processing in autism

Autism Research / Jan 01, 2008

Suzanne Scherf, K., Luna, B., Kimchi, R., Minshew, N., & Behrmann, M. (2008). Missing the big picture: impaired development of global shape processing in autism. Autism Research, 1(2), 114–129. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.17

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