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Rachel S. Herz

Dr. Rachel S. Herz has been recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of smell.  During her 17 years of scientific research in olfaction she has published over 50 original research papers, co-authored a number of academic textbooks and anthologies and lectured internationally.  She is currently on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School.   Herz’s research has shown how odor-evoked memory is unique from other kinds of memory experiences, how emotional associations can change odor perception, and how odors can be conditioned to emotions and subsequently influence motivated behavior.  Rachel Herz’s research also examines how language can affect odor hedonic perception, and the roles that body-odor and fragrance play in heterosexual attraction.  Theoretically guided by cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology, Rachel Herz uses psychophysical, self-report, cognitive-behavioral and neurological techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to investigate these topics.  A central goal of Rachel Herz’s endeavors is to discover how the various unique features of olfaction can be applied and used for diverse benefits, and to educate people about the chemical senses.  In October 2007, her first popular science book, The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell, which delves into all aspects of the psychology of smell, was published.  

Paul Rozin

Paul Rozin was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He attended the University of Chicago, under the Hutchin's General Education System, receiving an A.B in 1956,  and received a PhD in both Biology and Psychology from Harvard, in 1961.  His thesis research was sponsored by Jean Mayer. He spent two subsequent years working with Jean Mayer as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Since then, he has been a member of the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence, in the Department of Psychology.  Past scholarly interests included food selection in animals, the acquisition of fundamental reading skills, and the neuropsychology of amnesia.  Over the last 20 years, the major focus of his research has been human food choice, considered from biological, psychological and anthropological perspectives.  During this period, he has studied the psychological significance of flavorings placed on foods in different cuisines, the cultural evolution of cuisine, the development of food aversions, the development of food preferences, family influences in preference development, body image, the acquisition of liking for chili pepper, the weaning process, addiction, chocolate craving, attitudes to meat. Most recently, major foci of attention have been the emotion of disgust, the entry of food issues (e.g., meat, fat) into the moral domain in modern American culture, and the growing American tendency to worry more about food and enjoy it less.  Much of the recent research is carried out in France, Japan and India, as well as the United States.  In the last few years, he has also investigated forgiveness, aversions to ethnic groups, and ethnic identity. 

Paul Rozin is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, was a visiting Scholar for Phi Beta Kappa, and a Visiting Scholar for one year at the Russell Sage Foundation.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He was an editor of the journal, Appetite, for ten years. Paul Rozin has been teaching introductory psychology for about 30 years, has chaired the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania, directed the university-wide undergraduate honors program, and is now involved in developing policies and teaching materials to guarantee a minimal competence in quantitative skills and critical thinking in University of Pennsylvania undergraduates.   He is also a founding director, and currently an associate director of the new Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, at the University of Pennsylvania.



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Roberta Klatzky

Roberta Klatzky is Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also on the faculty of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.  She received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Stanford University.  Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, she was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Klatzky's research interests are in human perception and cognition, with special emphasis on spatial cognition and haptic perception.  She has done extensive research on human haptic and visual object recognition, navigation under visual and nonvisual guidance, and motor planning.  Her work has application to navigation aids for the blind, haptic interfaces, exploratory robotics, teleoperation, and virtual environments.  Professor Klatzky is the author of over 200 articles and chapters, and she has authored or edited 4 books.

Professor Klatzky has been a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Human Factors and Committee on Techniques for Enhancing Human Performance, as well as other working groups of the NRC.  Her service to scientific societies includes chairing the governing board of  the Psychonomics Society, the Psychology Section of AAAS, the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Assn. and the board of the International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance, as well as serving as Treasurer of the American Psychological Society.  She has been a member of research review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  She is a member of several editorial boards and an associate editor of ACM Transactions in Applied Perception.

Professor Klatzky's honors include undergraduate Regents-Alumni and General Motors scholarships, James B. Angell Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa.  She held a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Assn., and the American Psychological Society and a member of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (honorary society).