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Indiana University Bloomington

Robert Nosofsky

Dr. Robert Nosofsky

Distinguished Professor and Chancellor's Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences


nosofsky [at] | personal website

office: PY 342 | (812)855-2534

lab: Categorization and Memory Lab
   PY 240 | (812)855-8416

Educational Background

  • 1978 - B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
  • 1984 - Ph.D., Harvard University

Areas of Study

  • Cognitive Science and Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Topics

  • Categorization
  • Recognition memory
  • Math Modeling
  • Combining Formal Modeling and fMRI Studies

Representative Publications

2012 - Nosofsky, R.M., Little, D.R., & James, T.W. Activation in the neural network responsible for categorization and recognition reflects parameter changes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 333-338.

Donkin, C., & Nosofsky, R.M. A power-law model of psychological memory strength in short-term and long-term recognition. Psychological Science, in press.

2011 - Nosofsky, R.M., Little, D.R., Donkin, C., & Fific, M. Short-term memory scanning viewed as exemplar-based categorization. Psychological Review, 118, 280-315.

2010 - Fific, M., Little, D.R., & Nosofsky, R.M. Logical-rule models of classification response times: A synthesis of mental-architecture, random-walk, and decision-bound approaches. Psychological Review, 117, 309-348.

2003 - A hybrid-similarity exemplar model for predicting distinctiveness effects in perceptual old-new recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 29, 1194 - 1209.

1998 - Dissociations between categorization and recognition in amnesic and normal individuals: An exemplar-based interpretation. Psychological Science, 9, 247-255.

1997 - Nosofsky, R.M., & Palmeri, T.J. An exemplar-based random-walk model of speeded classification. Psychological Review, 104, 266-300.

1991 - Tests of an exemplar model for relating perceptual classification and recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 17, 3-27.