Categorization has a profound impact on how information is processed in the brain. In turn it influences how we perceive, interpret, and act upon that information. The research program in the Beyond Categories lab examines the general principles that underlie how category specific effects emerge and transform with changes in experience and context.

Research in the Beyond Categories lab is carried out using behavioral and electrophysiological methods. One of the specific aims of the Beyond Categories lab is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in neuroscience research. For more information, please go to the PURSUE research theme.

Bukach, C.M., Bukach, N., Reed, C.L., Couperus, J. (in press). Open science as a path to education of new psychophysiologists. International Journal of Psychophysiology 

Burns, E.J. & Bukach, C.M.  (in press). Face processing predicts reading ability: Evidence from prosopagnosia. Cortex. 

Couperus, J.W., **Lydic, K.O., Hollis, J.E., Roy, J.L., Lowe, A., Bukach, C.M., & Reed, C.L. (2021). Individual differences in working memory and the N2pc. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.620413 

Burns, E. J., Arnold, T., & Bukach, C. M. (2019). P-Curving the fusiform face area: Meta-analyses support the expertise hypothesis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 104, 209-221.

Bukach, C. M., *Stewart, K., Couperus, J. W., & Reed, C. L. (2019). Using collaborative models to overcome obstacles to undergraduate publication in cognitive neuroscience. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:549, 1-5. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00549

Reed, C., Bukach, C. M., Garber, M., & *McIntosh, D. N (2018). It’s not all about the face: Variation reveals asymmetric obligatory processing of faces and bodies in whole-body contexts. Perception, 1-21,

Chen, H., Bukach, C. M., & Wong, C. –N. (2013). Early electrophysicological basis of experience-associated holistic processing of Chinese characters PLoS ONE, 8(4), e61221. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061221

Wong, A. C. N., Bukach, C. M., Hsiao, J., *Greenspon, E., *Ahern, E., *Duan, Y., & Liu, K., F. H. (2012). Holistic processing is a hallmark of perceptual expertise for non-face expertise including Chinese characters. Journal of Vision, 12, 1-15 doi:10.1167/12.13.7.

Bukach, C. M., *Cottle, J., *Ubiwa, J., & *Miller, J. (2012). Individuation experience predicts other-race effects in holistic processing for both Caucasian and Black participants. Cognition.  doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2012.02.007

Bukach, C. M., Gauthier, I., Tarr, M. J., Kadlec, H., *Barth, S., *Ryan, E., *Turpin, J., & Bub, D. N. (2012). Does acquisition of Greeble expertise in prosopagnosia rule out a domain-general deficit? Neuropsychologia, 50, 289-304. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.11.02

Bukach, C. M., Vickery, T., *Kinka, D. & Gauthier, I. (2012). Training experts: Individuation without naming is worth it. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 38, 14-17.  doi: 10.1037/a0025610

Wong, A., Bukach, C. M.,  Yuen, C., Yang, Y., *Leung, S., & *Greenspon, E. (2011). Holistic processing of words is modulated by reading experience. PLoS ONE, 6(6): e20753. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020753.

Bukach, C. M., *Phillips, W. S., & Gauthier, I. (2010). Limits of generalization between categories and implications for theories of category specificity. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 72, 1865-1874.

Richler, J. J., Bukach, C. M., & Gauthier, I. (2009). Context influences holistic processing of non-face objects in the composite task. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 71, 530-540.

Bukach, C. M., LeGrand, R., Kaiser, M., Bub, D. N., & Tanaka, J. W. (2008). Preservation of mouth region processing in two cases of prosopagnosia. Journal of Neuropsychology, 2, 227-244.

Gauthier, I., & Bukach, C. M.  (2007). Should we reject the expertise hypothesis? Cognition, 103, 322-330.

Bukach, C. M., Gauthier, I., & Tarr, M. J. (2006). Beyond faces and modularity: The power of an expertise framework. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 159-166.

Bukach, C. M., Bub, D. N., Gauthier, I. & Tarr, M. J. (2006). Perceptual expertise effects are NOT all or none:  Evidence for a reduced spatial window of perceptual expertise in a case of prosopagnosia. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 48-63.

Tanaka, J. W., Kiefer, M., & Bukach, C. M. (2004). A holistic account of the own-race effect in face recognition: Evidence from a cross-cultural study. Cognition, 93, B1-B9.

Bukach, C. M., Bub, D. N., Masson, M. E. J., & Lindsay, D. S. (2004). Category specificity in normal episodic learning:  Applications to object recognition and category-specific agnosia. Cognitive Psychology, 48, 1-46.

Bub, D. N., Masson, M. E. J., & Bukach, C. M. (2003).  Gesturing and naming:  The use of functional knowledge in object identification.  Psychological Science, 14, 467-472.


*Denotes student co-authored publications