Grit Herzmann

Grit Herzmann

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Psychology, Neuroscience
Phone: 330-263-2031
Office Address: 301A Morgan

Education and Positions

  • Postdoctoral Associate at University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009 - 2013
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2008
  • M.S. in Psychology from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2003


  • PSYC-324 Cognitive Neuroscience with lab
  • First Year Seminar
  • NEUR-200 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYC-230 Human Neuropsychology
  • PSYC-340 Face Recognition
  • NEUR-451 Independent Study Thesis

Research Interests

At some point in all of our lives, we have wondered why we can remember one thing but not another, or why we cannot recognize a person who remembers us right away. My research focuses on the neural processes that give rise to abilities in memory and perception, and investigates how environmental factors and traits of an individual influence these processes. To study such brain-behavior relationships, I combine event-related potentials (ERPs), which measure the brain activation of cognitive functions, with behavioral indices of memory and perception and drugs that affect memory.

One current line of research investigates the neural processes that underlie the superior memory performance in experts (e.g., car expertise). In another line of research, I study the role of memory in the other-race effect—the phenomenon that other-race faces are more difficult to recognize than faces from one’s own race. I have also investigated the effect that oxytocin, a hormone suggested to affect social processing, has on face recognition.

Selected Publications

Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2013). Neural correlates of the in-group memory advantage on the encoding and recognition of faces. PLoS ONE 8: e82797.

Herzmann, G., Bird, C. W., Freeman, M., & Curran, T. (2013). Effects of oxytocin on behavioral and brain measures of recognition memory for own-race and other-race faces in women and men. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2140-2151.​

Herzmann, G., Bird, C. W., Freeman, M., & Curran, T. Effects of oxytocin on behavioral and brain measures of recognition memory for own-race and other-race faces in women and men. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Herzmann, G., Jin, M., Cordes, D., & Curran, T. (2012). A within-subject ERP and fMRI investigation of orientation-specific recognition memory for pictures. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3, 174-193.

Herzmann, G., Young, B., Bird, C. W., & Curran, T. (2012). Oxytocin can impair memory for social and non-social visual objects: A within-subject investigation of oxytocin's effects on human memory. Brain Research, 1451, 65-73.

Herzmann, G. & Curran, T. (2011). Experts’ memory: An ERP study of perceptual expertise effects on encoding and recognition. Memory & Cognition, 39, 412-432.

Herzmann, G., Willenbockel, V., Tanaka, J. W., & Curran, T. (2011). The neural correlates of memory encoding and recognition of own-race and other-race faces. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3103-3115.

Herzmann, G., Kunina, O., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2010). Individual differences in face cognition: Brain-behavior relationships. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 571-589.

Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2010). Effects of previous experience and biographical knowledge on retrieval processes of faces: An ERP investigation of newly learned faces. Brain Research, 1356, 54-72.

Herzmann, G., Danthiir, V., Schacht, A., Sommer, W., & Wilhelm, O. (2008). Toward a comprehensive test battery for face processing: Assessment of the tasks. Behavior Research Methods, 40, 840-857.

Herzmann, G. & Sommer, W. (2007). Memory-related ERP components for experimentally learned faces and names: Characteristics and parallel-test reliabilities. Psychophysiology, 44, 262-276.

Herzmann, G., Schweinberger, S. R., Sommer, W., & Jentzsch, I. (2004). What’s special about personally familiar faces? A multimodal approach. Psychophysiology, 41, 688-701.