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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Finger force matching and verbal reports: Testing predictions of the Iso-Perceptual Manifold (IPM) concept

We used force matching and verbal reports of finger force to explore a prediction of the iso-perceptual manifold concept, which assumes …

I know that voice! Mothers' voices influence children's perceptions of emotional intensity

The ability to interpret others’ emotions is a critical skill for children’s socioemotional functioning. While research has emphasized …

Advancing scientific integrity, transparency, and openness in child development research: Challenges and possible solutions

In 2019, the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) adopted a Policy on Scientific Integrity, …

They get rhythm--Who could ask for anything more? Commentary on Brakke & Pacheco, 2019

Psychology is harder than physics, and developmental psychology is harder still. The monograph by Karen Brakke and Matheus Pacheco …

AutoViDev: A computer-vision framework to enhance and accelerate research in human development

Interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and tools can accelerate scientific progress. For example, findings from developmental and vision …


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Recent Posts

musings on this and that…

This, I believe

I believe that Earth is the only planet our species can expect to thrive on for the imaginable future. I believe that human activities are threatening our planet’s viabilility as a home for us and for other forms of life.

Don't cry for us

don’t cry for us argentina. the truth is we chose ignorance and embraced cruelty out of fear that our boasts were as empty as our heart.

Home of the meek

There is no doubt that the corona virus pandemic provides the entire world a terrifying reminder that human life and civilization is vulnerable to the whims of uncaring forces of nature.

Morse, of course

I’ve been a ham for only a few years. In that time, I’ve enjoyed sampling the hobby’s many facets. When I first heard about ham radio as a boy, the thrills were mostly about talking by voice and CW (Morse code) to stations around the world.

Seeing through the fog

I understand why Republican partisans want to confuse the public. But this is crystal clear. No candidate for elected office in the United States should ever seek or receive help from foreign countries to win an election.



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?