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James Gordon

Department :
Membership :
Associate Member
Core Research :
Office :
Room 604 North
Email :
Office Phone :
(212) 772-5619
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Education :
  • A.B. (Psychology/Optics), University of Rochester, 1964
  • M.Sc. (Psychology), Brown University, 1967
  • Ph.D. (Psychology), Brown University, 1969
  • Postdoc (Biophysics), Rockefeller University, 1969-1970
Research Interest :

I am interested in the processing of color and form information by the visual system.  Recent work has focused on the nature of the parallel pathways in humans which are responsible for encoding and transmitting this information, and on the development of these pathways from infancy through adulthood.  Psychophysical experiments utilize hue scaling and chromatic adaptation to isolate chromatic and luminance pathways, while physiological studies use the visual evoked potential to study the development of these pathways in humans.

Selected Publications :
  • Krinsky-McHale , S.J., Silverman, W., Gordon, J., Devenny, D.A., Oley, N. and Abramov, I. (2013) Vision Deficits in Adults with Down Syndrome. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, Online. doi:10.1111/jar.12062.
  • Abramov, I., Gordon, J., Feldman, O. & Chavarga, A. (2012) Sex and Vision II: Color Appearance of Monochromatic Lights. Biology of Sex Differences, DOI: 10.1186/2042-6410-3-21.
  • Abramov, I., Gordon, J., Feldman, O. & Chavarga, A. (2012) Sex & Vision I: Spatio-temporal Resolution. Biology of Sex Differences, DOI: 10.1186/2042-6410-3-20.
  • Garcia-Quispe, L., Gordon, J., & Zemon, V. (2009) Development of contrast mechanisms in humans: A VEP study. Optometry and Vision Science. 86, 708-716.
  • Abramov, I., Gordon, J and Chan, H. (2009) Color appearance: properties of the Uniform Appearance Diagram derived from hue and saturation scaling. Perception and Psychophysics, 71,
  • 632-643.
  • Abramov, I., and Gordon, J. (2008) Color Vision Panel Tests: A Metric for Interpreting Numeric Analytic Indices. Optometry and Vision Science, 86, 146-152.
  • Gordon, J. & Abramov, I. (2008) Color Appearance: Maxwellian vs. Newtonian Views. Vision Research, 48, 1879-1883.
  • Zemon, V., Tsai, J.C., Forbes, M., Al-Aswad, L.A., Chen, C.M., Gordon, J., Greenstein, V.C., Hu, G., Strugstad, E.C., Dhrami-Gavazi, E., &  Jindra, L.F. (2008) Novel electrophysiological
  • instrument for rapid and objective assessment of magnocellular deficits associated with
  • glaucoma. Documenta Ophthalmologica,  117, 233-243.
  • Zemon, V. & Gordon, J. (2006) Luminance Contrast Mechanisms in Humans: Visual Evoked Potentials and a Nonlinear Model. Vision Research. 46, 4163-4180.
  • Abramov, I. & Gordon, J. (2006) Development of color vision in infants. In R. Duckman (ed.) Visual Development, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Pedi    atric Patient, 137-162. Baltimore:
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Gordon, J. & Shapley, R. (2006) Brightness contrast inhibits color induction: Evidence for a new kind of color theory. Spatial Vision, 19, 133-146.
  • Abramov, I. & Gordon, J. (2005) Seeing unique hues. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 22, 2143-2153.
  • Williams, P.E., Mechler, F., Gordon, J., Shapley, R., & Hawken, M.J. (2004) Entrainment to video displays in primary visual cortex of macaque and humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 8278-8288.
  • Gordon, J. (2004) Measuring Red – or Yellow or Green or Blue. In M. Fehr & S. Wurmfeld (eds.) Seeing Red: On Nonobjective Painting and Color Theory, 164-186. Cologne: Salon Verlag.
  • Butler, P.D., Schechter, I., Zemon, V., Schwartz, S.G., Greenstein, V.C., Gordon, J., Schroeder, C.E., & Javitt, D.C (2001) Dysfunction of early-stage visual processing in schizophrenia.
  • American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 1126-1133.
  • Gordon, J. and Abramov, I. (2001) Color vision. In E.B.Goldstein (ed.), The Blackwell Handbook of Perception, 92-127. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Zemon, V., Hartmann, E.E., Gordon, J. and Prünte-Glowazki, A. (1997) An electrophysiological technique for assessment of the development of spatial vision.  Optometry and Vision Science, 74, 708-716.