Dr Irina Harris

ARC Future Fellow

A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney


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Visual Cognition Lab

Biographical details

Qualifications

PhD (Medicine),University of Sydney, 2002

MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), Macquarie University, 1997

BSc (Hons) (Psychology), University of New South Wales, 1994

Previous Appointments

2005-2009 ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Sydney

2002-2004 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney

2000-2001 Research Associate, Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy

1996-1999 Clinical Neuropsychologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

Research interests

My research focuses on high-level vision and selective attention, as well as their neural substrates. For example, I am interested in how we recognise objects and how we integrate different visual attributes into a coherent visual percept. I am also interested in how selective attention influences object processing. In my lab, we use a variety of techniques, including behavioural experiments with normal individuals (typically 1st year Psychology students), neuropsychological investigations of patients with brain lesions, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and some forms of brain imaging (e.g. fMRI, MEG).

Selected grants

2012

  • Ensemble coding of complex visual stimuli; Harris I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Seeing the forest and the trees: Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying recognition of individual objects and sets; Harris I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).
  • Ensemble coding of objects and faces; Harris I; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2008

  • The ingredients of conscious identification; Harris I, Andrews S, Hayward W; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2006

  • The role of features and holistic information in object recognition; Harris I; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

2005

  • Recognition of Rotated Objects: Paying Attention to Orientation; Harris I, Corballis M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2003

  • Repetition blindness for rotated objects: insights into the nature of object representations; Harris I; Macquarie University/Early Career Reseach Grant.
  • An investigation of the independence of mental rotation and viewpoint-dependent object recognition; Hayward W, Harris I, Gauthier I; Research Council of Hong Kong/Research Grant.

2002

  • How we recognise the orientation of objects: a combined neuropsychological/eye movement study; Harris I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Corballis, M., Milivojevic, B., Harris, I. (2007). Pigs in space: How we recognise rotated objects. In Fred W. Mast and Lutz Jancke (Eds.), Spatial Processing in Navigation, Imagery and Perception, (pp. 163-181). New York, USA: Springer Science + Business Media.

Journals

  • McNair, N., Harris, I. (2014). The contextual action relationship between a tool and its action recipient modulates their joint perception. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 76, 214-229. [More Information]
  • McNair, N., Harris, I. (2012). Disentangling the contributions of grasp and action representations in the recognition of manipulable objects. Experimental Brain Research, 220(1), 71-77. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Murray, A., Hayward, W., O'Callaghan, C., Andrews, S. (2012). Repetition Blindness Reveals Differences Between the Representations of Manipulable and Nonmanipulable Objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(5), 1228-1241. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Harris, I. (2011). Target sparing effects in the attentional blink depend on type of stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(7), 2104-2123. [More Information]
  • Robitaille, N., Harris, I. (2011). When more is less: extraction of summary statistics benefits from larger sets. Journal of Vision, 11(12), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Benito, C., Dux, P. (2010). Priming From Distractors in Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Is Modulated by Image Properties and Attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(6), 1595-1608. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Little, M. (2010). Priming the Semantic Neighbourhood during the Attentional Blink. PLoS One, 5(9), e12645-1-e12645-6. [More Information]
  • Hayward, W., Zhou, G., Man, W., Harris, I. (2010). Repetition Blindness for Rotated Objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(1), 57-73. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Harris, I., Harris, J. (2009). Attentional changes during implicit learning: Signal validity protects a target stimulus from the attentional blink. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35(2), 408-422.
  • Schmalzl, L., Palermo, R., Harris, I., Coltheart, M. (2009). Face inversion superiority in a case of prosopagnosia following congenital brain abnormalities: What can it tell us about the specificity and origin of face-processing mechanisms? Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26(3), 286-306.
  • Harris, I., Benito, C., Ruzzoli, M., Miniussi, C. (2008). Effects of right parietal transcranial magnetic stimulation on object identification and orientation judgments. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(5), 916-926.
  • Harris, I., Dux, P., Benito, C., Leek, C. (2008). Orientation Sensitivity at Different Stages of Object Processing: Evidence from Repetition Priming and Naming. PLoS One, 3(5 Article: e2256), 1-6.
  • Dux, P., Harris, I. (2007). On the failure of distractor inhibition in the attentional blink. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14(4), 723-728.
  • Dux, P., Harris, I. (2007). Viewpoint costs occur during consolidation: Evidence from the attentional blink. Cognition, 104, 47-58. [More Information]
  • Petit, L., Pegna, A., Harris, I., Michel, C. (2006). Automatic motor cortex activation for natural as compared to awkward grips of a manipulable object. Experimental Brain Research, 168(1-2), 120-130. [More Information]
  • Hayward, W., Zhou, G., Gauthier, I., Harris, I. (2006). Dissociating viewpoint costs in mental rotation and object recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13(5), 820-825.
  • Dux, P., Coltheart, V., Harris, I. (2006). On the fate of distractor stimuli in rapid serial visual presentation. Cognition, 99(3), 355-382. [More Information]
  • Petit, L., Harris, I. (2005). Anatomical limitations in mental transformations of body parts. Visual Cognition, 12(5), 737-758.
  • Overney, L., Michel, C., Harris, I., Pegna, A. (2005). Cerebral processes in mental transformations of body parts: Recognition prior to rotation. Cognitive Brain Research, 25(3), 722-734. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Dux, P. (2005). Orientation-Invariant Object Recognition: Evidence from Repetition Blindness. Cognition, 95(1), 73-93. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Dux, P. (2005). Turning objects on their heads: The influence of the stored axis on object individuation. Perception and Psychophysics, 67(6), 1010-1015.
  • Harris, I., Miniussi, C. (2003). Parietal lobe contribution to mental rotation demonstrated with rTMS. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(3), 315-323.
  • Harris, I., Harris, J., Caine, D. (2002). Mental-rotation deficits following damage to the right basal ganglia. Neuropsychology, 16(4), 524-537.
  • Harris, J., Miniussi, C., Harris, I., Diamond, M. (2002). Transient storage of a tactile memory trace in primary somatosensory cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22(19), 8720-8725.
  • Harris, I., Harris, J., Caine, D. (2001). Object orientation agnosia: A failure to find the axis? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13(6), 800-812.
  • Harris, I., Fulham, M., Miller, L. (2001). The effects of mesial temporal and cerebellar hypometabolism on learning and memory. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 353-362.
  • Harris, J., Harris, I., Diamond, M. (2001). The topography of tactile learning in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(3), 1056-1061.
  • Harris, J., Harris, I., Diamond, M. (2001). The topography of tactile working memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(20), 8262-8269.

2014

  • McNair, N., Harris, I. (2014). The contextual action relationship between a tool and its action recipient modulates their joint perception. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 76, 214-229. [More Information]

2012

  • McNair, N., Harris, I. (2012). Disentangling the contributions of grasp and action representations in the recognition of manipulable objects. Experimental Brain Research, 220(1), 71-77. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Murray, A., Hayward, W., O'Callaghan, C., Andrews, S. (2012). Repetition Blindness Reveals Differences Between the Representations of Manipulable and Nonmanipulable Objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(5), 1228-1241. [More Information]

2011

  • Livesey, E., Harris, I. (2011). Target sparing effects in the attentional blink depend on type of stimulus. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 73(7), 2104-2123. [More Information]
  • Robitaille, N., Harris, I. (2011). When more is less: extraction of summary statistics benefits from larger sets. Journal of Vision, 11(12), 1-8. [More Information]

2010

  • Harris, I., Benito, C., Dux, P. (2010). Priming From Distractors in Rapid Serial Visual Presentation Is Modulated by Image Properties and Attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(6), 1595-1608. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Little, M. (2010). Priming the Semantic Neighbourhood during the Attentional Blink. PLoS One, 5(9), e12645-1-e12645-6. [More Information]
  • Hayward, W., Zhou, G., Man, W., Harris, I. (2010). Repetition Blindness for Rotated Objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(1), 57-73. [More Information]

2009

  • Livesey, E., Harris, I., Harris, J. (2009). Attentional changes during implicit learning: Signal validity protects a target stimulus from the attentional blink. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35(2), 408-422.
  • Schmalzl, L., Palermo, R., Harris, I., Coltheart, M. (2009). Face inversion superiority in a case of prosopagnosia following congenital brain abnormalities: What can it tell us about the specificity and origin of face-processing mechanisms? Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26(3), 286-306.

2008

  • Harris, I., Benito, C., Ruzzoli, M., Miniussi, C. (2008). Effects of right parietal transcranial magnetic stimulation on object identification and orientation judgments. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(5), 916-926.
  • Harris, I., Dux, P., Benito, C., Leek, C. (2008). Orientation Sensitivity at Different Stages of Object Processing: Evidence from Repetition Priming and Naming. PLoS One, 3(5 Article: e2256), 1-6.

2007

  • Dux, P., Harris, I. (2007). On the failure of distractor inhibition in the attentional blink. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14(4), 723-728.
  • Corballis, M., Milivojevic, B., Harris, I. (2007). Pigs in space: How we recognise rotated objects. In Fred W. Mast and Lutz Jancke (Eds.), Spatial Processing in Navigation, Imagery and Perception, (pp. 163-181). New York, USA: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Dux, P., Harris, I. (2007). Viewpoint costs occur during consolidation: Evidence from the attentional blink. Cognition, 104, 47-58. [More Information]

2006

  • Petit, L., Pegna, A., Harris, I., Michel, C. (2006). Automatic motor cortex activation for natural as compared to awkward grips of a manipulable object. Experimental Brain Research, 168(1-2), 120-130. [More Information]
  • Hayward, W., Zhou, G., Gauthier, I., Harris, I. (2006). Dissociating viewpoint costs in mental rotation and object recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13(5), 820-825.
  • Dux, P., Coltheart, V., Harris, I. (2006). On the fate of distractor stimuli in rapid serial visual presentation. Cognition, 99(3), 355-382. [More Information]

2005

  • Petit, L., Harris, I. (2005). Anatomical limitations in mental transformations of body parts. Visual Cognition, 12(5), 737-758.
  • Overney, L., Michel, C., Harris, I., Pegna, A. (2005). Cerebral processes in mental transformations of body parts: Recognition prior to rotation. Cognitive Brain Research, 25(3), 722-734. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Dux, P. (2005). Orientation-Invariant Object Recognition: Evidence from Repetition Blindness. Cognition, 95(1), 73-93. [More Information]
  • Harris, I., Dux, P. (2005). Turning objects on their heads: The influence of the stored axis on object individuation. Perception and Psychophysics, 67(6), 1010-1015.

2003

  • Harris, I., Miniussi, C. (2003). Parietal lobe contribution to mental rotation demonstrated with rTMS. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(3), 315-323.

2002

  • Harris, I., Harris, J., Caine, D. (2002). Mental-rotation deficits following damage to the right basal ganglia. Neuropsychology, 16(4), 524-537.
  • Harris, J., Miniussi, C., Harris, I., Diamond, M. (2002). Transient storage of a tactile memory trace in primary somatosensory cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 22(19), 8720-8725.

2001

  • Harris, I., Harris, J., Caine, D. (2001). Object orientation agnosia: A failure to find the axis? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13(6), 800-812.
  • Harris, I., Fulham, M., Miller, L. (2001). The effects of mesial temporal and cerebellar hypometabolism on learning and memory. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 353-362.
  • Harris, J., Harris, I., Diamond, M. (2001). The topography of tactile learning in humans. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(3), 1056-1061.
  • Harris, J., Harris, I., Diamond, M. (2001). The topography of tactile working memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(20), 8262-8269.

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