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Scientific articles (also see meta-scientific articles or my cv)

2015 Sleep after practice reduces the attentional blink. Cellini, N., Goodbourn, P.T., McDevitt, E.A., Martini, P., Holcombe, A.O., & Mednick, S.C. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (postprint)

2015 'Pseudoextinction': Asymmetries in simultaneous attentional selection. Goodbourn, P.T. & Holcombe, A.O. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance (postprint) (primer on mixture modeling of RSVP performance)

in press The tactile speed aftereffect depends on the speed of adapting motion across the skin, rather than other spatio-temporal features. McIntyre, S.M., Seizova-Cajic, T., & Holcombe, A.O. The Journal of Neurophysiology (preliminary version available in Sarah's thesis)

submitted The hypometria of saccadic eye movements to targets in circular motion. Azadi, R., Holcombe, A.O., & Edelman, J.

Under revision Mcintyre, S., Birznieks, I., Vickery, R., Holcombe, A.O., & Seizova-Cajic, T. An intensive code for the speed of tactile motion? Evidence from the tactile motion aftereffect. The Journal of Neurophysiology (preliminary report available in Sarah's thesis)

2015 The temporal organisation of perception. Holcombe, A.O. In The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organisation. Wagemans, J., ed. (postprint of final version, completed in 2013)

2014 Differences in perceptual latency estimated from judgments of temporal order, simultaneity, and duration are inconsistent. Linares, D., & Holcombe, A.O. iPerception, 5(6):559-571

2014 Object tracking: Absence of long-range spatial interference supports resource theories. Holcombe, A.O., Chen, W.Y, & Howe, P.D. Journal of Vision, 14(6):1-21. data and code

2014 Stiefel, K.M. & Holcombe, A.O. Eyes and the cameras of the future. Scientific American Mind, May/June issue. Also transl. into German for Spektrum der Wissenschaft, and Spanish for Investigacion y Ciencia

2014 The claustrum's proposed role in consciousness is supported by the effect and target localization of Salvia Divinorum. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 8:20. Stiefel, K., Merrifield, A., & Holcombe, A.O. Supplemental info

2014 Dynamic Attention. Cavanagh, P., Battelli, L., & Holcombe, A.O. pp. 652-675, In Oxford Handbook of Attention, Oxford University Press, Nobre, K. & Kastner, S., eds.

2013 Lo, S. & Holcombe, A.O. How do we select multiple features? Transient costs for selecting two colors rather than one, persistent costs for color-location conjunctions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-013-0573-3

2013 Howe, P.D.L., Holcombe, A.O., Lapierre, M.D., & Cropper, S.J. Visually tracking and localizing expanding and contracting objects. Perception, 42(1), 1281-1300. (Movies)

2013 Holcombe, A.O. & Goodbourn, P.T. Review of Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays. Philosophy in Review, 33(5), 391-5. (pdf)

2013 Capacity limits caused by a finite resource, not spatial competition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Holcombe, A.O. (online comment)

My GIF 2013 Splitting attention reduces temporal resolution from 7 Hz for tracking one object to <3 Hz when tracking three. Holcombe, A.O., Chen, W.Y. Journal of Vision, 13(1):12, 1-19 (demo)(code)

2013 Resource demands of object tracking and differential allocation of the resource. Chen, W.Y, Howe, P.D., & Holcombe, A.O. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

2013 Rapid encoding of relationships between spatially remote motion signals. Maruya, K., Holcombe, A.O., & Nishida, S. Journal of Vision, 13(2):4, 1-20.

in press Neurocomputation and coding in the claustrum: comparisons with the pulvinar. Stiefel, K. & Holcombe, A.O. In Functional Neuroanatomy of the Claustrum, Smythies, J., Edelstein, L. & Ramachandran, V.S., eds.

2013 (Policy comment) Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public. Holcombe, A.O. & Todd, M. The Conversation.

2012 Tactile motion adaptation reduces perceived speed but shows no evidence of direction sensitivity. McIntyre, S.M., Holcombe, A.O., Birznieks, I., Seizova-Cajic, T. PLoS ONE, 7(9): e45438.

2012 Motion information is sometimes used as an aid to visual tracking of objects. Howe, P.D. & Holcombe, A.O. Journal of Vision, 12(13):10, 1-10.

2012 The effect of visual distinctiveness on multiple object tracking performance. Howe, P.D., & Holcombe, A.O. Frontiers in Perception Science

2012 Failures to bind spatially coincident features. Holcombe, A.O., & Clifford, C.W. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. (Letter) Preprint, Movies; Di Lollo replies

2012 Feature-based attentional interference revealed in perceptual errors and lags. Lo, S.-Y., Howard, C.J., & Holcombe, A.O. Vision Research, 63: 20-33.

2012 Blindness to a simultaneous change of all elements in a scene, unless there is a change in summary statistics. Saiki, J. & Holcombe, A.O. Journal of Vision, 12(3): 2

2012 (Editorial) Spread the word: Scientists are tearing down publishers' walls. Holcombe, A.O. The Conversation.

2012 Exhausting attentional tracking resources with a single fast-moving object. Holcombe, A.O., Chen, W.Y. Cognition 123(2), 218-228. Post-print, associated poster, movies

2011 Position representations lag behind targets during multiple object tracking. Howard, C.J., Masom, D., & Holcombe, A.O. Vision Research, 51, 1907-1919.

2011 (Tutorial) Hold your horses - news just in on the speed of sight. Holcombe, A.O. The Conversation.

2011 Perceiving spatial relationships via attentional tracking and shifting. Holcombe, A.O., Linares, D.L., Vaziri-Pashkam, M. Current Biology 21, 1-5, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.05.031

2010 Online Evidence Charts to Help Students Systematically Evaluate Theories and Evidence. Holcombe, A.O., Pashler, H. Refereed paper for Proceedings of the UniServe Science Annual Conference, pp.41-46, ISBN 978-0-9808597-1-3 University of Sydney. (pdf)

2010 in press Cracks in the Edifice of Visual Time? Holcombe, A.O. In Subjective Time, MIT Press, Arstila, V. & Lloyd, D., eds. (draft)

2010 Unexpected changes in motion attract attention. Howard, CJ, Holcombe, A.O. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics 72(8), 2087-2095, doi:10.3758/APP.72.8.2087

2010 The Binding Problem. Holcombe, A.O. In The Sage Encyclopedia of Perception, E Bruce Goldstein (ed.). Sage: Los Angeles. (preprint)

2009 Where is the moving object now? Reports of instantaneous position show poor temporal precision (σ = 70 ms) Linares, D.L., Holcombe, A.O., & White, A.L. Journal of Vision 9(13):9,1-14, doi:10.1167/9.13.9.

2009 Seeing slow and seeing fast: Two limits on perception. Holcombe, A.O. Trends in Cognitive Science, 13(5):216-21. (pdf) (postprint) Movies

2009 Temporal binding favors the early phase of color changes, but not of motion changes, yielding the color-motion asynchrony illusion. Holcombe, A.O. Visual Cognition- Special issue on feature binding, 17(1-2), 232-253. doi:10.1080/13506280802340653 (preprint)

2009 A developmental theory of synaesthesia, with long historical roots. Holcombe, A.O., Altschuler, E.L., & Over, H.J. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26(2), 227-229; DOI: 10.1080/02643290802405601 (preprint)

2008 Position perception: Influence of motion with displacement dissociated from the influence of motion alone. Linares, D.L. & Holcombe, A.O. Journal of Neurophysiology August 27, doi:10.1152/jn.90682.2008

2008 Visuomotor timing compensates for changes in perceptual latency. White, A.L., Linares, D.L., & Holcombe, A.O. Current Biology, 18(20), R951-R953 (preprint)

2008 Mobile computation: Spatiotemporal integration of the properties of objects in motion. Cavanagh, P., Holcombe, A.O., & Chou, W-L., Journal of Vision. 8(12):1-23, doi:10.1167/8.12.1 (demo)

2008 Illusory motion reversals from unambiguous motion with visual, proprioceptive, and tactile stimuli. Holcombe, A.O. and Seizova-Cajic, T. Vision Research, 48(17), 1743-57. (preprint)

2008 Tracking the changing features of multiple objects: Progressively poorer precision and progressively greater lag. Howard, C.J. & Holcombe, A.O. Vision Research, 48(9), 1164-1180. (demo)

2008 Independent, synchronous access to color and motion features. Holcombe, A.O. & Cavanagh, P., Cognition, 107(2):552-580. (preprint) (demo)

2007 Visual binding of English and Chinese word parts is limited to low temporal frequencies. Holcombe, A.O. & Judson, J., Perception, 36(1):49-74. (pdf) (demo)

2006 Illusory motion reversal does not imply discrete processing: Reply to Rojas et al. Eagleman, D.M. & Holcombe, A.O. Vision Research, 46:1158-9.

2006 Provoking the desire. Holcombe, A.O. The Lancet, 368(9540), 990. (pdf) (poster)

2005 Illusory motion reversal in tune with motion detectors. (Letter to the editor). Holcombe, A.O., Clifford, C.W.G., Eagleman, D.M, & Pakarian, P. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(12), 559-560. (pdf)

2005 Time and the brain: How subjective time relates to neural time. Eagleman, D.M., Tse, P.U., Janssen, P., Nobre, A.C., Buonomano, D., & Holcombe, A.O. Journal of Neuroscience, 25(45):10369-10371,

2004 Rapid global form binding with loss of associated colors. Clifford, C.W.G., Holcombe, A.O., & Pearson, J. Journal of Vision, 4(12), 1090-1101, doi:10.1167/4.12.8. (demo)

2004 Illusory motion reversal is caused by rivalry, not by perceptual snapshots of the visual field. Kline, K., Holcombe, A.O., Eagleman, D.M. Vision Research, 44(23), 2653-2658.

2004 Attentional pursuit is faster than attentional saccades. Horowitz, T., Holcombe, A.O., Wolfe, J.M., Arsenio, H., & DiMase, J.S. Journal of Vision, 4(7), 585-603, doi:10.1167/4.7.6.

2004 Repetition effects in visual search: Episodic memory, not feature priming. Huang, L., Holcombe, A.O., & Pashler, H. Memory & Cognition, 32(1), 12-20. (pdf) (abstract)

2003 Improving science through online commentary. Eagleman, D.M. & Holcombe, A.O. Nature, 423(6935):15. (letter)

2003 Occlusion cues resolve sudden onsets into morphing or line motion, disocclusion, and sudden materialization . Holcombe, A.O. Journal of Vision, 3(8), 562-572.

2002 Causality and the perception of time. Eagleman, D.M. & Holcombe, A.O. Trends in Cognitive Science, 6(8), 323-325. (pdf)

2001 A purely temporal transparency mechanism in the visual system. Holcombe, A.O. Perception, 30(11), 1311-1320. (demo)

2001 Early binding of feature pairs for visual perception. Holcombe, A.O., Cavanagh, P. Nature Neuroscience, 4(2), 127-128. (pdf) (demo and abstract)

2000 Tracking an object through feature-space. Blaser, E., Pylyshyn, Z., & Holcombe, A.O. Nature, 408, pp.196-199. (pdf) (news&views) (SciAm article)

2001 The midstream order deficit. Holcombe, A.O., Kanwisher, N. , & Treisman, A. Perception & Psychophysics, 63(2): 322-9. (demo) (pdf)

2000 The spoke brightness illusion originates at an early motion processing stage. Holcombe, A.O., Intriligator, J., & Tse, P.U. Perception & Psychophysics, 62(8), 1619-1624. (pdf)

1999 Wakes and spokes: New motion-induced brightness illusions. Holcombe, A. O., Macknik, S., Intriligator, J., Seiffert, A.E., Tse, P.U. Perception , 28(10), 1231-1242. (abstract) (demo)

1998 On the lawfulness of grouping by proximity. Kubovy, M., Holcombe, A.O., & Wagemans, J. Cognitive Psychology, 35(1), 71-98. (pdf)

Other Publications

Wikipedia contributions

[Politics: Concerns about the university's U.S. Studies Centre]


Positive afterimages caused by a filled-in representation. (In preparation). Holcombe, A.O., MacLeod, D.I.A..

Neglected thought of ancient India. Holcombe, A.O. (a related note in Nature on ancient Western knowledge of perception)

Some Conference Presentations

Object localization at speeds below and above the attentive tracking limit. Linares, D., White, A.L., & Holcombe, A.O. (2008). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida.

Surface-based, unpaired feature representations mediate detection of change to feature pairings. Saiki, J. & Holcombe, A.O. (2008).Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida.

Poor temporal precision in judging the position of a moving object, imposed at a late visual processing stage. Holcombe, A.O. & Linares, D. (2008).Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida.

Old roots of a theory of synesthesia in Rousseau's Emile and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Holcombe, A.O., Over, H.J., & Altschuler, E.L. (2007). Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California. (press book summary)

Non-retinotopic crowding. Cavanagh, P. & Holcombe, A.O. (2007). Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, Florida.

Ancient history of sexual arousal and alcohol. Holcombe, A.O. (2007). World Congress for Sexual Health, Sydney, Australia (pdf)

Broader Autistic Phenotype, weak central coherence and perceptual causality. Grayson, L.E., Holcombe, A.O., & Briscoe, J. (2006). European Conference for Visual Perception, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Progressively poorer perceptual precision and progressively greater perceptual lag: Tracking the changing features of one, two and four objects. Howard, C. & Holcombe, A.O. (2006). Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, Florida

Apparent asynchrony between the perception of color and motion: An issue of different latencies or of attention? Holcombe, A.O. & Cavanagh, P. (2006). Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, Florida

Successive rivalry does not occur without attention. Cavanagh, P. & Holcombe, A.O. (2006). Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, Florida

The speeds of perception. Holcombe, A.O. (2005) Invited talk in mini-symposium "Time and the Brain" at the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Perceptual reversal of ambiguous figures: How do children with ASD respond under non-directed conditions? Grayson, L., Briscoe, J., & Holcombe, A.O. (2005). British Psychological Society Developmental Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

Limits on continuous monitoring of the features of multiple objects. Howard, C.J. & Holcombe, A.O. (2005). European Conference On Visual Perception, A Coruna, Spain

Distinguishing pre-selection from post-selection processing limits using a moving window of selection. Cavanagh, P. & Holcombe, A.O. (2005) Vision Sciences Society. (demo)

The visual system does not take global snapshots of the visual field. Kline, K., Holcombe, A. & Eagleman D. (2005). Vision Sciences Society.

Positive afterimages caused by a filled-in representation. Holcombe, A.O., MacLeod, D.I.A., & Mitten, S.T. Journal of Vision, 4(8). (VSS 2004 abstract).

Dynamics of binding global form. Clifford, C.W.G., Holcombe, A.O. & Pearson, J. (2004). Visual Cortex Satellite of the Australian Neuroscience Society Meeting, Melbourne

Temporal limitations on extracting global form and binding it with local colour. Clifford, C.W.G. , Holcombe, A.O., & Pearson, J. (2003) European Conference On Visual Perception, Paris, France.

Perceptual binding of letters into a word is low temporal resolution. Holcombe, A.O. (2003). Journal of Vision 3(9) VSS abstract #185.