Rick Gilmore is Professor of Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. He studies the development of visual perception in infants, children, and adults using behavioral, neural imaging, and computational methods. These are described more fully on his lab website. He co-founded and co-directs the data library, co-founded the Penn State Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC), directs the Open Data and Developmental Science (ODDS) initiative through the Penn State Child Study Center, and advocates for more open, transparent, and reproducible scientific practices, especially in psychology and neuroscience.


  • Perceptual, cognitive, & brain development
  • Open science
  • Amateur radio (callsign K3ROG)
  • Poetry, music, & theatre; cycling, hiking, & camping


  • Ph.D., Psychology, 1997

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • M.S., Psychology, 1995

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • A.B. magna cum laude, Cognitive Science, 1985

    Brown University



Professor of Psychology

The Pennsylvania State University

Jul 2019 – Present Pennsylvania

Co-Principal Investigator

The Play & Learning Across a Year (PLAY) Project

Jun 2016 – Present


Jan 2013 – Present New York
Co-founded the first open data library specialized for storing, streaming, and sharing video data.

Associate Professor of Psychology

The Pennsylvania State University

Jul 2004 – Jun 2019 Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Psychology

The Pennsylvania State University

Jul 1997 – Jun 2004 Pennsylvania

Recent Publications

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Vision contributes to sex differences in spatial cognition and activity interests

Sex differences in a variety of psychological characteristics are well-documented, with substantial research focused on factors that …

Perceptual similarities among wallpaper group exemplars

Symmetries are abundant within the visual environment, and many animals species are sensitive to visual symmetries. Wallpaper groups …

Judicious arrangement of symbols on a simulated AAC display optimizes visual attention by individuals with and without Down syndrome

Aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays are often designed as symmetrical row–column grids, with each square in …

Show your work: Tools for open developmental science

Since grade school, students of many subjects have learned to “show their work” in order to receive full credit for assignments. Many …


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Recent Posts

musings on this and that…

Research protocols as web books

The bookdown package makes it easy to build reproducible research protocols.

Back in the saddle

I woke up insanely early this morning. Of all things, I decided that it was time to update my blog. Little did I realize that it had been more than a year since I’d touched it!

Deep rest

This morning I read an article in the New York Times the struggle to find motivation so many of us feel. I myself have fallen off the exercise wagon I’d jumped on a few weeks ago.

Blast from the past

A colleague reached out to me recently about a project we’d worked on years ago. The work involved a study of how adult observers categorize visual patterns that have intrinsic regularities.

This is great

Perhaps like me you suspected that the red hats did not share your view of what makes America great. We now know the depth of that disagreement. Thanks to the methodical and patriotic work of the House impeachment managers, we know in terrifying detail how much worse 1/6 might have become.



Open science@PSU

Open Science at Penn State

PLAY project

The Play & Learning Across a Year Project

databraryapi package

An R package for interacting with the API.

An open, secure data library for sharing video.

An open source tool for video annotation.

Proximal Emotional Environment Project (PEEP)

What is the emotional environment really like?