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Dr. Cindy  Bukach
Dr. Cindy Bukach
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Grants and Fellowships

James S. Mcdonnel Scholars Award in Understanding Human Cognition
This $600,000 award funds Dr. Bukach's research on the factors underlying the way we categorize the world, including studies on racial bias. Through this award, Dr. Bukach offers student fellowships that provide students summer fellowships and paid research opportunities during the academic year. 

National Science Foundation grant PURSUE: Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM Using Electrophysiology
Dr. Bukach directs a multi-institutional initiative to develop open-source educational materials to train students in cognitive electrophysiology, a method that measures human brain activity through electrodes placed on the scalp.  This grant provides students with summer fellowships as well as paid research opportunities during the academic year.  It also provides a large database for students to test authentic research questions on a broad range of topics.

Publications
Articles

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.07.003 

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, https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006618771270

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.

Bukach, C. M., & Peissig, J. How faces became special (2009). In D. N. Bub, M.J. Tarr & I. Gauthier (EDs). Perceptual Expertise: Bridging Brain and Behavior, Oxford University Press.

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., Bub, D.N., Gauthier, I., & Tarr, M. (2006) Perceptual expertise effects are not all or none: Spatially limited perceptual expertise for faces in a case of prosopagnosia. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, v. 18, no. 1, 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, v. 93, Issue 1, B1-B9.

Bukach, C.M., Bub, D.N. Masson, M.E.J., & Lindsay, D.S. (2004) Category specificity in normal episodic learning: Applications to obejct recognition and category-specific agnosia. Cognitive Psychology, v.48, Issue 1, 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, v. 14, Issue 5, 467-472.

Skelton, R.W., Bukach, C.M., Laurence, H.E., Thomas K.G.F., & Jacobs, J.W. (2000) Humans with traumatic brain injuries show place-learning deficits in computer-generated virtual space. journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, v. 22, Issue 2, 157-175.

Education
Ph.D., University of Victoria
Contact Information
209C Richmond Hall
(804) 287-6830
(804) 287-1905 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Face and object recognition in cognitively intact and impaired individuals
Development and loss of perceptual expertise across the lifespan
Factors underlying the way we categorize our world
Racial bias and other-race effects
PURSUE: Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM Using Electrophysiology (www.pursueerp.com)