Cyril R. Latimer  

Position: Honorary Associate Professor

Office: Rm 470 Griffith Taylor
Ph: +61 2 9351 2481
Fax: +61 2 9398 7573
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Postal Address:
School of Psychology
Brennan MacCallum Building (A18)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006



  • BA, PhD Sydney
  • MAPS
  • ALAA


Research Interests

  • Cognitive Science
  • Visual Perception & Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Simulation
  • Connectionist Modeling of Cognition
  • Eye Movement Indices of Attention
  • Symmetry Detection
  • Local versus Global Processing
  • Applied Psychology
  • Philosophy of Psychology


Editorial Positions


Membership of Societies


Consultancies and Contracts

  • Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW
  • NSW Crown Solicitor's Office
  • NSW Fire Brigades
  • NSW State Rail Authority
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fuji Xerox
  • Canon Information Systems Research Australia
  • McCabe Terrill Lawyers


Some Publications

  • Stevens, C., Winskel, H., Howell, C., Vidal, L.M., Latimer, C.R., Milne-Holme, J. (2010) Perceiving dance: schematic expectations guide experts' scanning of a contemporary dance film. Journal of dance, medicine & science: official publication of the International Association for Dance, Medicine & Science, 14 (1), pp 19-25.
  • Joung, W., & Latimer, C. (2003). Tilt aftereffects generated by symmetrical dot patterns with two or four axes of symmetry. Spatial Vision. 16(2), 155-182.
  • Latimer, C., Palethorpe, J., Mezey, L., Ellwood, S., & Raju S. (2002). Forget the highlighter: The role of colour in recognition memory for images and text. Australian Journal of Psychology, 54(1), 57 (Abstract).
  • Latimer, C., Smith, S., Buckingham, R., McKenzie, D., & Gerstner, E. (2002). Physical and psychophysical measures of the distinctiveness of Australian banknotes. Australian Journal of Psychology, 54(3) 150-156.
  • Joung W, van der Zwan R, and Latimer C (2000). Axes of symmetry produce tilt aftereffects Spatial Vision. 13(1), 107-128.
  • Latimer, C.R., Irish, M., Stevens, C.J., & Webber, L. (2000). Attentional biases in geometric form perception. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 53A (3), 765-791.
  • Manor, BR, Gordon, E., Williams, L.M., Rennie, C.J., Bahramali, H., Latimer, C.R., Barry, R.J., Meares, R.A. (1999). Eye movements reflect impaired face processing in patients with schizophrenia. Biological. Psychiatry, 46, 963-969.
  • Latimer, C.R. (1999). Abstract ideas, schemata and hyperstructures: Plus sa change... Commentary on Richardson on Hyperstructure. Psycoloquy: 10(040).
  • Latimer, C.R., & Stevens, C.J. (1999). Intrinsic representations: Simultaneity of local and global processing? Reply to Opie on part-whole-perception. Psycoloquy: 10(041).
  • Latimer, C.R.Joung, W., van der Zwan, R., & Beh, H. (1999). Modelling experiential and task effects on attentional proceses in symmetry detection. In W. Becker., & T. Mergner (Eds.) Current oculomotor research: Physiological and psychological aspects New York: Plenum. pp. 309-312.
  • Latimer, C.R. (1999). Binary oppositions and what focuses in focal attention. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22 (3), 383-384.
  • Latimer, C.R. (1999). Is there more to visual attention than meets the eye? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22(4), 690-691.
  • Latimer, C.R. (1998). New features for old: Creation or derivation? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21, 31-32.
  • Latimer, C.R. (1998). The Chorus scheme: representation or isomorphism, holistic or analytic? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 21, 476-477.
  • Latimer, C.R., & Stevens, C.J. (1998). Wholes and parts: Topology, mereology and mechanism. Replies to Hoffman, Mortensen and Rakover Psycoloquy, 9. No 31.
  • Latimer, C.R., & Gazzard, S. (1998). Modelling attentional biases in the perception of geometric forms. In T. Downs, M. Frean & M. Gallaher (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth Australian Conference on Neural Networks, ACNN'98. Brisbane: University of Queensland, Electrical and Computer Engineering pp.89?93.
  • Schenkel, M., Latimer, C., & Jabri, M. (1998). Comparison of human and machine word recognition. In M.I Jordan, M.J. Kearns & S.A. Solla (Eds.) Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 10. pp. 94-100. MIT Press.
  • van der Zwan, R., Leo, E., Joung, W., Latimer, C., & Wenderoth, P. (1998). Evidence that both area V1 and extrastriate visual cortex contribute to symmetry perception. Current Biology, 8, 889-892.
  • Beh, H.C., & Latimer, C.R. (1997). Symmetry detection and orientation perception: Electrocortical responses to stimuli with real and implicit axes of orientation. Australian Journal of Psychology, 49 (3), 128-133.
  • Latimer, C.R., & Stevens, C.J. (1997). Some remarks on wholes, parts and their perception, Psycoloquy, 8, No 13.
  • Stevens, C.J., & Latimer, C.R. (1997) Music recognition An illustrative application of a connectionist model. Psychology of Music 25, 161-185.
  • Latimer, C.R., & Michell, J. (1996). At once scientific and philosophic: A festschrift in honour of John Philip Sutcliffe. Brisbane: Boombana Publications
  • Beh, H.C., & Latimer, C.R. (1995). Electrocortical activity to real and subjective orientation of visual stimuli. Fifth Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Wollongong. (Abstract)