News and Events

February 27, 2018

Graduate student Natalie Motta-Mena successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations, Dr. Motta-Mena!

August 16, 2017

Dr. Scherf and Sara Spock-Carlson were featured on the local radio news station to advertise the SAGA project. See below for links to the broadcast!

August 1, 2017

We’re excited to welcome two new members to the team: graduate student Jason Griffin and SAGA project coordinator Marly Laubach!

July 1, 2017

Dr. Scherf was officially promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure! Congratulations, Dr. Scherf!

June 7, 2017

Dr. Scherf earned a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for a five-year research study investigating adolescent-specific changes in face processing before, during, and after pubertal development! Click here to read all about it!

May 9, 2017

Dr. Scherf was interviewed by Penn State News for her recent work published in eNeuro investigating the influence of biological sex on face recognition. Read the article here!

This work was also featured in ScienceDaily, one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites. Read the full article here!

April 26, 2017

Graduate students Natalie Motta-Mena and Giorgia Picci collaborated with the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center to host a brain science booth at the Park Forest Middle School Health Fair. This outreach initiative was featured in the Centre Daily Times! Read the article here!

January 5, 2017

Dr. Scherf is interviewed by NPR for her expertise on the development of the fusiform face area in the brain! Click here to read the story. An audio version is also available here.

September 26, 2016

Dr. Scherf and Giorgia Picci are in the Penn State news for their recent research publication on puberty and the peer bias. Read the story here!

The Association for Psychological Science has also published a press release for this work. Read the story here!

August 23, 2016

Dr. Scherf and Dr. Whyte are featured in the Penn State News for the autism intervention video game project that was recently funded by the NIMH! Read the story here!

August 1, 2016

Dr. Scherf was awarded a phased R61/R33 grant from NIMH for up to 5 years for work on building and testing the autism intervention game our lab has been working on for the last several years! We are excited to get started on this research project!

May 17, 2016

Dr. Scherf publishes a new review paper on the neural mechanisms underlying face perception. Click here to read it!

May 13-17, 2016

Dr. Scherf and the team head to the Vision Sciences Society annual meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida!

Natalie Motta-Mena and Giorgia Picci presented their work on how dominance influences own-gender biases in face recognition in men.

Daniel Elbich presented recent work on developing functional connectivity within the face-processing network across children, adolescents, and young adults.

May 3rd, 2015

Junqiang (Jacob) Dai successfully proposes his Master’s thesis on the peer-bias in face memory across development!

October 15, 2015

Dr. Scherf is interviewed for Spectrum News about the Fusiform Face Area and Autism
Click here to read the story!

September 15, 2015

Dr. Scherf and Dr. Whyte are interviewed by the Big Ten Network about a new way to ease social interactions in autism: video games. Click below for the video!

For undergraduate game developers, programmers, and visual artists interested in working on this project, click here!

March 1, 2015

Dr. Scherf spoke at Penn State’s TEDxPSU event. Check out an article highlighting her talk here: Click below for the video of her talk!

January 5, 2015

The Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center at Penn State has upgraded the 3T-MRI scanner. Check out the article here: Upgrade to MRI scanner enhances researchers’ view of the human brain

October 31, 2014

Congratulations to Natalie Motta-Mena & Giorgia Picci on successfully defending their Masters theses this week!!


September 26, 2014

Check out the links below for information about an educational game Dr. Scherf & Lisa Whyte are designing as an intervention for adolescents with Autism!

IT News:

PSU News:

The Daily Collegian: