- PhD (Medicine), University of Sydney, 2002.
- MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), Macquarie University, 1997.
- BSc (Hons) (Psychology), University of New South Wales, 1994.
Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Sydney
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney
Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, International School for Advanced
Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
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).
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Full list of publications
- Harris IM, Murray AM, Hayward WG, O'Callaghan C, Andrews A (2012) Repetition blindness reveals differences between the representationsof manipulable and non-manipulable objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance. 38(5), 1228-1241.
- McNair, NA. and Harris, IM. (2012) Disentangling the contributions of grasp and action representations in the recognition of manipulable objects. Experimental Brain Research, 220: 71-77
- Robitaille N, Harris IM (2011) When more is less: extraction of summary statistics benefits from larger sets. Journal of Vision, 11(12):18, 1-8. [Full Text]
- Livesey EJ, Harris IM (2011) Target sparing effects in the attentional blink depend on type of
stimulus. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73(7), 2104-2123. [PDF]
- Harris IM, Little MJJ (2010) Priming the semantic neighbourhood during the attentional blink. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12645. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012645. [Full Text]
- Harris IM, Benito CT, Dux PE (2010) Priming from distractors in RSVP is modulated by image properties and attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 36(6), 1595-1608. [PDF]
- Hayward WG, Zhou G, Man WF, Harris IM (2010) Repetition blindness for rotated objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 36(1), 57-73. [PDF]
- Harris IM, Dux PE, Benito CT, Leek EC (2008) Orientation Sensitivity at Different Stages of Object Processing: Evidence from Repetition Priming and Naming. PLoS ONE 3(5): e2256. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002256 [Full Text]
- Harris IM, Benito CT, Ruzzoli M, Miniussi C (2008) Effects of right parietal transcranial magnetic stimulation on object identification and orientation judgments. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(5),
- Dux PE, Harris IM. (2007) On the failure of distractor inhibition in the attentional blink. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review,
14(4), 723-728 [PDF].
- Dux PE, Harris IM. (2007) Viewpoint costs occur during consolidation: Evidence from the attentional blink. Cognition,
104(1), 47-58 [PDF].
- Dux PE, Coltheart V, Harris IM. (2006) On the fate of distractor stimuli in rapid serial visual presentation. Cognition,
99(3), 355-382 [PDF].
- Harris IM, Dux PE. (2005) Orientation-invariant object recognition: evidence
from repetition blindness. Cognition, 95(1),
- Harris IM, Miniussi C. (2003) Parietal lobe contribution to mental rotation demonstrated with rTMS. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(3),
- Harris IM, Harris JA, Caine D (2001) Object orientation agnosia: A failure to find the axis? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13(6),
Research Grants and Awards
||ARC Discovery Grant - "Ensemble coding of complex visual stimuli" (I.M. Harris) - $210,000
||ARC Future Fellowship - "Seeing the forest and the trees: Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the recognition of individual objects and sets" (I.M. Harris) - $674,000.
||Research Grants Council of Hong Kong – “Recognizing repeated objects in rapid visual streams” (W.G. Hayward & I.M. Harris) – HK$806,000
||ARC Discovery Grant - "The ingredients of conscious identification" (I.M. Harris, S.M. Andrews, W.G. Hayward) - $302,000.
||University of Sydney Research & Development Grant - "The role of features and holistic information in object recognition" (CI: I.M. Harris) - $21,000.
||ARC Discovery Grant and Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship – “Recognition of rotated objects: paying attention to orientation” (I.M. Harris & M.C. Corballis) - $600,000.
||Research Grants Council of Hong Kong – “An investigation of the independence of mental rotation and viewpoint-dependent object recognition” (W.G. Hayward, I. Gauthier, I.M. Harris) - HK$726,500.
||Macquarie University Early Career Researcher Grant – “Repetition blindness for rotated objects: insights into the nature of object representations” (I.M. Harris) - $18,200.
||Macquarie University Research Grant – “Lateralisation of function in the human brain” (T. Bates & I.M. Harris) - $4,350.
||ARC Discovery Grant and Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Recognising the orientation of objects: a combined neuropsychological / eye movement investigation” (I.M. Harris) - $204,000.