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Professor Jules Davidoff

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PositionProfessor of Psychology, Director of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture (CCCC)
Department Psychology
Email j.davidoff (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7888
Professor Jules Davidoff

Summary of research

Object recognition, colour, naming, cognitive neuropsychology

Conference Secretary Experimental Psychology Society (2002-2006)

Academic qualifications

BSc PhD DSc CPsychol FBPsS

Research Interests

I am concerned with the mental representation of objects. My primary concern is to clarify the relationship between the stored (memory) knowledge concerning objects and their recognition, categorisation and nameability. The role of colour was addressed in my text Cognition through Color published by MIT Press (1991) and has been extended in current research. Working in cultures (Papua New Guinea and Namibia) with minimal colour lexicons we are studying the effects on the way speakers of the language perceive, categorise and remember colours. The issue is being addressed with infants with further funding from the ESRC and with monkeys in collaborative research with the CNRS Marseilles. Neuropsychological investigations have also played an important part of my research in object recognition and current work investigates difficulties in face and object recognition that result from brain damage.

Publications

Book Section

Colour categories and category acquisition in Himba and English
Roberson, Debi; Davidoff, Jules B.; Davies, Ian and Shapiro, L.. 2006. Colour categories and category acquisition in Himba and English. In: Nicola Pitchford and Carole P. Biggam, eds. Progress in Colour Studies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 159-172. ISBN 9027232407

Color Perception
Kentridge, Robert; Heywood, Charles and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2002. Color Perception. In: Michael A. Arbib, ed. The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 230-233. ISBN 978-0-262-01197-6

Language forms the internal color space
Davidoff, Jules B.. 2002. Language forms the internal color space. In: Barbara Saunders and Jaap van Brakel, eds. Theories, Technologies, Instrumentalities of Color: Anthropological and Historiographic Perspectives. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, pp. 281-288. ISBN 978-0761822653

Color categories are not universal: replications and new evidence
Roberson, Debi; Davies, Ian and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2002. Color categories are not universal: replications and new evidence. In: Barbara Saunders and Jaap van Brakel, eds. Theories, Technologies, Instrumentalities of Color: Anthropological and Historiographic Perspectives. Langham, MD: University Press of America, pp. 25-35. ISBN 978-0-7618-2265-3

Article

Urbanization increases left-bias in line-bisection: An expression of elevated levels of intrinsic alertness?
Linnell, Karina J; Caparos, Serge and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2014. Urbanization increases left-bias in line-bisection: An expression of elevated levels of intrinsic alertness? Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1127), pp. 1-7. ISSN 1664-1078

Urbanization decreases attentional engagement
Linnell, Karina J; Caparos, Serge; Fockert, Jan W. de and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Urbanization decreases attentional engagement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(5), pp. 1232-1247. ISSN 0096-1523

Earlier Development of Analytical than Holistic Object Recognition in Adolescence
Davidoff, Jules B.; Wakui, Elley; Jüttner, Martin; Petters, Dean; Kaur, Surinder and Hummel, John E.. 2013. Earlier Development of Analytical than Holistic Object Recognition in Adolescence. PLoS ONE, 8(4), e61041. ISSN 1932-6203

Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention?
Caparos, S.; Linnell, Karina J; Bremner, Andrew J.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention? Psychological Science, 24(2), pp. 206-212. ISSN 0956-7976

"Bouba" and "Kiki" in Namibia? A remote culture make similar shape-sound matches, but different shape-taste matches to Westerners
Bremner, Andrew J.; Caparos, Serge and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. "Bouba" and "Kiki" in Namibia? A remote culture make similar shape-sound matches, but different shape-taste matches to Westerners. Cognition, 126(2), pp. 165-172. ISSN 0010-0277

Developmental trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence.
Juttner, M.; Wakui, E.; Petters, D.; Kaur, S. and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Developmental trajectories of part-based and configural object recognition in adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 49(1), pp. 161-176. ISSN 0012-1649

Exposure to an urban environment alters the local bias of a remote culture
Caparos, S.; Ahmed, L.; Bremner, Andrew J.; Fockert, Jan W. de; Linnell, Karina J and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2012. Exposure to an urban environment alters the local bias of a remote culture. Cognition, 122(1), pp. 80-85. ISSN 0010-0277

Reduced Distractibility in a Remote Culture
Fockert, Jan W. de; Caparos, S.; Linnell, Karina J and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2011. Reduced Distractibility in a Remote Culture. PLoS ONE, 6(10), e26337. ISSN 1932-6203

Categorical perception of animal patterns
Goldstein, Julie and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2010. Categorical perception of animal patterns. British Journal of Psychology, 99(2), pp. 229-243. ISSN 00071269

A cross-cultural study of the representation of shape: Sensitivity to generalized cone dimensions
Lescroart, Mark; Biederman, Irving; Yue, Xiaomin and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2010. A cross-cultural study of the representation of shape: Sensitivity to generalized cone dimensions. Visual Cognition, 18(1), pp. 50-66. ISSN 1350-6285

Cross-­species Assessment of the Linguistic Origins of Colour Categories
Davidoff, Jules B. and Fagot, J.. 2010. Cross-­species Assessment of the Linguistic Origins of Colour Categories. Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, 5, pp. 100-116. ISSN 1911-4745

Representation of Shape in Individuals From a Culture With Minimal Exposure to Regular, Simple Artifacts: Sensitivity to Nonaccidental Versus Metric Properties
Biederman, Irving; Yue, Xiaomin and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2009. Representation of Shape in Individuals From a Culture With Minimal Exposure to Regular, Simple Artifacts: Sensitivity to Nonaccidental Versus Metric Properties. Psychological Science, 20(12), pp. 1437-1442. ISSN 09567976

Warrington and Taylor’s 1978 paper
Warrington, Elizabeth; Davidoff, Jules B.; Humphreys, Glyn W.; Riddoch, M. Jane and Milner, A. David. 2009. Warrington and Taylor’s 1978 paper. Perception, 38(6), pp. 933-947. ISSN 0301-0066

Knowing color terms enhances recognition: Further evidence from English and Himba
Goldstein, Julie; Davidoff, Jules B. and Roberson, Debi. 2009. Knowing color terms enhances recognition: Further evidence from English and Himba. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102(2), pp. 219-238. ISSN 00220965

Nature versus nurture: The simple contrast
Davidoff, Jules B.; Goldstein, Julie and Roberson, Debi. 2009. Nature versus nurture: The simple contrast. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102(2), pp. 246-250. ISSN 00220965

Multiple representations for perceptual categorization. Comments on Warrington and Taylor’s 1978 paper
Warrington, Elizabeth; Davidoff, Jules B.; Humphreys, Glyn W.; Riddoch, M. Jane and Milner, A. David. 2009. Multiple representations for perceptual categorization. Comments on Warrington and Taylor’s 1978 paper. Perception, 38(6), 933 -947. ISSN 0301-0066

Local and global processing. Observations from a remote culture
Davidoff, Jules B.; Fonteneau, Elisabeth and Fagot, J.. 2008. Local and global processing. Observations from a remote culture. Cognition, 108(3), pp. 702-709. ISSN 00100277

Face familiarity, distinctiveness, and categorical perception
Angeli, Adriana; Davidoff, Jules B. and Valentine, Tim . 2008. Face familiarity, distinctiveness, and categorical perception. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(5), pp. 690-707. ISSN 1747-0218

Enhancement of face recognition learning in patients with brain injury using three cognitive training procedures
Powell, Jane H.; Letson, Susan; Davidoff, Jules B.; Valentine, Tim and Greenwood, Richard. 2008. Enhancement of face recognition learning in patients with brain injury using three cognitive training procedures. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18(2), pp. 182-203. ISSN 0960-2011

Cultural Differences in Perception: Observations from a Remote Culture
Davidoff, Jules B.; Fonteneau, Elisabeth and Goldstein, Julie. 2008. Cultural Differences in Perception: Observations from a Remote Culture. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8(3), pp. 189-209. ISSN 15677095

Neural correlates of colour categories
Fonteneau, Elisabeth and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2007. Neural correlates of colour categories. NeuroReport, 18(13), pp. 1323-1327. ISSN 0959-4965

More Accurate Size Contrast Judgments in the Ebbinghaus Illusion by a Remote Culture
Fockert, Jan W. de; Davidoff, Jules B.; Fagot, J. and Goldstein, J.. 2007. More Accurate Size Contrast Judgments in the Ebbinghaus Illusion by a Remote Culture. Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance, 33(3), pp. 738-742. ISSN 00961523

Priming of plane-rotated objects depends on attention and view familiarity
Thoma, Volker; Davidoff, Jules B. and Hummel, John. 2007. Priming of plane-rotated objects depends on attention and view familiarity. Visual Cognition, 15(2), pp. 179-210. ISSN 1350-6285

Color terms and color concepts
Davidoff, Jules B.. 2006. Color terms and color concepts. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 94(4), pp. 334-338. ISSN 00220965

Cross-species differences in color categorization
Pickering, Alan; Davidoff, Jules B.; Fagot, J. and Goldstein, J.. 2006. Cross-species differences in color categorization. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13(2), pp. 275-280. ISSN 10699384

Priming of Depth-Rotated Objects Depends on Attention and Part Changes
Thoma, Volker and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2006. Priming of Depth-Rotated Objects Depends on Attention and Part Changes. Experimental Psychology (formerly "Zeitschrift für Experimentelle Psychologie"), 53(1), pp. 31-47. ISSN 1618-3169

Prevalence and correlates of face recognition impairments after acquired brain injury
Valentine, Tim ; Powell, Jane H.; Davidoff, Jules B.; Letson, Susan and Greenwood, Richard. 2006. Prevalence and correlates of face recognition impairments after acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 16(3), pp. 272-297. ISSN 0960-2011

Two types of thought: Evidence from aphasia
Davidoff, Jules B.. 2005. Two types of thought: Evidence from aphasia. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(1), pp. 20-21. ISSN 0140-525X

Language impairment and colour categories
Davidoff, Jules B. and Luzzatti, Claudio. 2005. Language impairment and colour categories. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(04), pp. 494-495. ISSN 0140-525X

Color categories: Evidence for the cultural relativity hypothesis
Roberson, Debi; Davidoff, Jules B.; Davies, Ian R. L. and Shapiro, Laura R.. 2005. Color categories: Evidence for the cultural relativity hypothesis. Cognitive Psychology, 50(4), pp. 378-411. ISSN 00100285

Evidence for holistic representations of ignored images and analytic representations of attended images
Davidoff, Jules B.; Hummel, J. and Thoma, V.. 2004. Evidence for holistic representations of ignored images and analytic representations of attended images. Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance, 30(2), pp. 257-267. ISSN 00961523

Preserved thematic and impaired taxonomic categorisation: a case study
Davidoff, Jules B. and Roberson, Debi. 2004. Preserved thematic and impaired taxonomic categorisation: a case study. Language and Cognitive Processes, 19(1), pp. 137-174. ISSN 0169-0965

Coloured thinking
Davidoff, Jules B.. 2004. Coloured thinking. The Psychologist, 17(10), pp. 570-572.

A cross-linguistic data bank for oral picture naming in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish (PEDOI)
Kremin, Helgard; Akhutina, Tanya; Basso, Anna; Davidoff, Jules B.; De Wilde, Martine; Kitzing, Peter; Lorenz, Antje; Perrier, Daniele; van der Sandt-Koenderman, Mieke; Vendrell, Josep and Weniger, Dorothea. 2003. A cross-linguistic data bank for oral picture naming in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish (PEDOI). Brain and Cognition, 53(2), pp. 243-246. ISSN 02782626

Development of animal recognition: a difference between parts and wholes
Davidoff, Jules B. and Roberson, Debi. 2002. Development of animal recognition: a difference between parts and wholes. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 81(3), pp. 217-234. ISSN 00220965

The development of color categories in two languages: a longitudinal study
Davidoff, Jules B.; Davies, I.; Roberson, D. and Shapiro, L.. 2002. The development of color categories in two languages: a longitudinal study. Journal of Experimental Psychology General, 133(4), pp. 554-571. ISSN 00963445

Squaring the Circle: The Cultural Relativity of 'Good' Shape
Roberson, Debi; Davidoff, Jules B. and Shapiro, Laura. 2002. Squaring the Circle: The Cultural Relativity of 'Good' Shape. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 2(1), pp. 29-51. ISSN 15677095

Language and perceptual categorisation
Davidoff, Jules B.. 2001. Language and perceptual categorisation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5(9), pp. 382-387. ISSN 13646613

A Cross-Media Presence Questionnaire: The ITC-Sense of Presence Inventory
Lessiter, Jane; Freeman, Jonathan; Davidoff, Jules B. and Keogh, Edmund. 2001. A Cross-Media Presence Questionnaire: The ITC-Sense of Presence Inventory. Presence Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 10(3), pp. 282-297. ISSN 10547460

Category-specific deficits: Will a simpler model do?
Davidoff, Jules B.. 2001. Category-specific deficits: Will a simpler model do? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(3), pp. 481-482. ISSN 0140-525X

A particular difficulty in discriminating between mirror images
Davidoff, Jules B. and Warrington, Elizabeth K.. 2001. A particular difficulty in discriminating between mirror images. Neuropsychologia, 39(10), pp. 1022-1036. ISSN 00283932

Failure at object identification improves mirror image matching
Warrington, Elizabeth K. and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2000. Failure at object identification improves mirror image matching. Neuropsychologia, 38(9), pp. 1229-1234. ISSN 00283932

The Mental Representations of Faces and Houses: Issues Concerning Parts and Wholes
Donnelly, Nick and Davidoff, Jules B.. 1999. The Mental Representations of Faces and Houses: Issues Concerning Parts and Wholes. Visual Cognition, 6(3), pp. 319-343. ISSN 1350-6285

The bare bones of object recognition: implications from a case of object recognition impairment
Davidoff, Jules B. and Warrington, Elizabeth K.. 1999. The bare bones of object recognition: implications from a case of object recognition impairment. Neuropsychologia, 37(3), pp. 279-292. ISSN 00283932

Similarity and categorisation: neuropsychological evidence for a dissociation in explicit categorisation tasks
Roberson, Debi; Davidoff, Jules B. and Braisby, Nick. 1999. Similarity and categorisation: neuropsychological evidence for a dissociation in explicit categorisation tasks. Cognition, 71(1), pp. 1-42. ISSN 00100277

Higher-level cortical processing of colour
Davidoff, Jules B.; Walsh, Vincent and Wagemans, Johan. 1997. Higher-level cortical processing of colour. Acta Psychologica, 97(1), pp. 1-6. ISSN 00016918

The development of picture naming: Differences between verbs and nouns
Abu El-Ela, Fawzy F.; Davidoff, Jules B. and Masterson, Jackie. 1996. The development of picture naming: Differences between verbs and nouns. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 9(2), pp. 69-83. ISSN 09116044