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Rourke A; Spehar B, 2018, Pedagogies for the Visual in Innovative Learning, Rourke AJ; Spehar B, (ed.), Common grounds, Champaign, Illinois,

Book Chapters

Taylor RP; Viengkham C; Smith JH; Rowland C; Moslehi S; Stadlober S; Lesjak A; Lesjak M; Spehar B, 2024, 'Fractal Fluency: Processing of Fractal Stimuli Across Sight, Sound, and Touch', in Advances in Neurobiology, pp. 907 - 934,

Van Dusen B; Scannell BC; Sereno ME; Spehar B; Taylor RP, 2019, 'The Sinai Light Show: Using Science to Tune Fractal Aesthetics', in Frontiers Collection, pp. 313 - 333,

Mifsud N; Mannion D; Garbutt M; Spehar B, 2018, 'Decoding Visual Exploration in Static and Dynamic Visual Images', in Rourke A; Spehar B (ed.), PEDAGOGIES FOR THE VISUAL IN INNOVATIVE LEARNING, Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, IL, pp. 5 - 16,

Rourke AJ; Spehar B, 2018, 'Promoting Innovation in Learning and Teaching through the Use of Visuals in Teaching', in Rourke AJ; Rees V (ed.), Pedagogies for the Visual in Innovative Learning, Common Grounds, Champaign, Illinois, pp. 1 - 4,

Spehar B; Clifford CWG, 2017, 'The Wedding Cake Illusion', in The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions, Oxford University PressNew York, pp. 442 - 447,

Taylor RP; Spehar B, 2016, 'Fractal Fluency: An Intimate Relationship Between the Brain and Processing of Fractal Stimuli', in DiIeva A (ed.), FRACTAL GEOMETRY OF THE BRAIN, SPRINGER, pp. 485 - 496,

Garbutt M; Spehar B, 2014, 'The Wanton Chase: Using Eye Tracking to Test Theories of Pictorial Composition in Landscape Painting', in Rourke A; Rees V (ed.), Researching the Visual: Demystifying "The Picture That's Worth a Thousand Words", Common Ground Publishing, Champaign IL, USA, pp. 32 - 56,

Tonder GV; Spehar B, 2013, 'The Aesthetic Appeal of Visual Qualities', in Albertazzi L (ed.), Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance, Wiley Blackwell, London, pp. 395 - 414,

Taylor RP; Newell BR; Spehar B; Clifford C, 2005, 'Fractals: A resonance between art and nature', in Emmer M (ed.), Mathematics & Culture II - Visual perfection: Mathematics and Creativity, Springer Publishing Company, Berlin, pp. 53 - 64

Edited Books

Rourke A; Spehar B, (ed.), 2018, Pedagogies for the Visual in Innovative Learning, Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, IL,

Journal articles

Burtan D; Burn JF; Spehar B; Leonards U, 2023, 'The effect of image fractal properties and its interaction with visual discomfort on gait kinematics', Scientific Reports, 13, pp. 16581,

Roberts M; Spehar B, 2022, 'Feeling better but not thinking better: the effects of scene valence and category on restoration.', Journal of Vision, 22, pp. 3800 - 3800,

Viengkham C; Isherwood Z; Spehar B, 2022, 'Fractal-Scaling Properties as Aesthetic Primitives in Vision and Touch', Axiomathes, 32, pp. 869 - 888,

Agostini T; Spehar B, 2022, 'Editorial: Color and Space in Perception and Art', Gestalt Theory, 44, pp. 1 - 6,

Roberts MM; Schira MM; Spehar B; Isherwood ZJ; Roberts C, 2022, 'Nature in motion: The tuning of the visual system to the spatiotemporal properties of natural scenes', Journal of Vision, 22, pp. 7,

Viengkham C; Spehar B, 2022, 'Beyond Visual Aesthetics: The Role of Fractal-scaling Characteristics across the Senses<xref ref-type="fn" rid="jpi0141fn1"><sup>&#x2020;</sup></xref>', Journal of Perceptual Imaging, 5,

Kumar NN; Summerell E; Spehar B; Cranney J, 2021, 'Experiences of Honours Research Students and Supervisors During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Pilot Study Framed by Self-Determination Theory', Frontiers in Education, 6,

Nguyen L; Spehar B, 2021, 'Determinants of visual discrimination, visual preference and perceived complexity of synthetic images varying in natural scene statistics', Journal of Vision, 21, pp. 2798 - 2798,

Isherwood Z; Joyce D; Kuppuswamy Parthasarathy M; Clifford C; Spehar B, 2021, 'Measuring the 1/f spatiotemporal amplitude spectrum of the DynTex database', Journal of Vision, 21, pp. 2481 - 2481,

Spehar B; De Gruchy O; Roberts M; Viengkham C, 2021, 'Semantic, statistical and aesthetic determinants of how natural and urban images make us feel', Journal of Vision, 21, pp. 2906 - 2906,

Robles KE; Roberts M; Viengkham C; Smith JH; Rowland C; Moslehi S; Stadlober S; Lesjak A; Lesjak M; Taylor RP; Spehar B; Sereno ME; Roberts C, 2021, 'Aesthetics and Psychological Effects of Fractal Based Design', Frontiers in Psychology, 12, pp. 699962,

Isherwood ZJ; Clifford CWG; Schira MM; Roberts MM; Spehar B, 2021, 'Nice and slow: Measuring sensitivity and visual preference toward naturalistic stimuli varying in their amplitude spectra in space and time', Vision Research, 181, pp. 47 - 60,

Nguyen LY; Spehar B, 2021, 'Visual adaptation to natural scene statistics and visual preference', Vision Research, 180, pp. 87 - 95,

Spehar B; Stevanov J, 2021, 'Expressive qualities of synthetic textures.', Psychology of Consciousness: Theory Research, and Practice, 8, pp. 217 - 234,

Viengkham C; Spehar B, 2021, 'Beyond Visual Aesthetics: The Role of Fractal-scaling Characteristics across the Senses †', Journal of Perceptual Imaging,

Estrada-Gonzalez V; East S; Garbutt M; Spehar B; Estrada Gonzalez V, 2020, 'Viewing Art in Different Contexts', Frontiers in Psychology, 11, pp. 569,

Garbutt M; East S; Spehar B; Estrada-Gonzalez V; Carson-Ewart B; Touma J, 2020, 'The Embodied Gaze: Exploring Applications for Mobile Eye Tracking in the Art Museum', Visitor Studies, 23, pp. 82 - 100,

Viengkham C; Isherwood ZJ; Spehar B, 2019, 'Fractal statistics in the aesthetic appreciation of images, textures and sound', Journal of Vision, 19, pp. 97b - 97b,

Isherwood ZJ; Clifford CWG; Schira MM; Spehar B, 2019, 'The critical reliance of early visual cortex on the fractal structure of natural scenes', Journal of Vision, 19, pp. 123 - 123,

Khoo SYS; Zhao J; Walker A; Kirkman J; Spehar B, 2019, 'Transitions and choices: Graduate student mentoring for psychology honours students. a practice report', Student Success, 10, pp. 147 - 154,

Moloney J; Spehar B; Globa A; Wang R, 2018, 'The affordance of virtual reality to enable the sensory representation of multi-dimensional data for immersive analytics: from experience to insight', Journal of Big Data, 5,

Isherwood Z; Clifford C; Schira M; Spehar B, 2018, 'BOLD tuning of human visual cortex to natural statistical properties in space and time', Journal of Vision, 18, pp. 1245 - 1245,

Viengkham C; Spehar B, 2018, 'Preference for fractal-scaling properties across synthetic noise images and artworks', Frontiers in Psychology, 9, pp. 1439,

Spehar B; Van Tonder GJ, 2017, 'Koffka’s aesthetic gestalt', Leonardo, 50, pp. 53 - 57,

Taylor RP; Martin TP; Montgomery RD; Smith JH; Micolich AP; Boydston C; Scannell BC; Fairbanks MS; Spehar B, 2017, 'Seeing shapes in seemingly random spatial patterns: Fractal analysis of Rorschach inkblots', PLoS ONE, 12, pp. e0171289,

Isherwood ZJ; Schira MM; Spehar B, 2017, 'The tuning of human visual cortex to variations in the 1/fα amplitude spectra and fractal properties of synthetic noise images', NeuroImage, 146, pp. 642 - 657,

OTSUKA Y; YAMAZAKI Y; KANAZAWA S; YAMAGUCHI MK; SPEHAR B, 2016, 'Infants' perception of transparency(Summary of Awarded Presentation at the 26th Annual Meeting)', 基礎心理学研究, 27, pp. 125 - 126,

由美子 大; 悠加 山; 創 金; 真美 山; Spehar B, 2016, '乳児における透明視の知覚(日本基礎心理学会第26回大会,大会発表要旨)', 基礎心理学研究, 26, pp. 224,

由美子 大; 寛子 市; 創 金; 真美 山; Spehar B, 2016, '乳児の画像識別に対する画像持続時間と空間周波数成分の効果(日本基礎心理学会第31回大会,大会発表要旨)', 基礎心理学研究, 31, pp. 238,

Owens C; Spehar B, 2016, 'Do sudden onsets need to be perceived as new objects to capture attention? The interplay between sensory transients and display configuration', Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 78, pp. 1916 - 1925,

Spehar B; Halim VA, 2016, 'Created unequal: Temporal dynamics of modal and amodal boundary interpolation', Vision Research, 126, pp. 97 - 108,

Kimchi R; Yeshurun Y; Spehar B; Pirkner Y, 2016, 'Perceptual organization, visual attention, and objecthood', Vision Research, 126, pp. 34 - 51,

Spehar B; Walker N; Taylor RP, 2016, 'Taxonomy of individual variations in aesthetic responses to fractal patterns', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10,

Spehar B; Wong S; van de Klundert S; Lui J; Clifford CWG; Taylor RP, 2015, 'Beauty and the beholder: The role of visual sensitivity in visual preference', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9,

Spehar B; Isherwood Z; Schira M, 2014, 'Aesthetic and neural responses to synthetic images varying in their amplitude spectrum', PERCEPTION, 43, pp. 10 - 11,

Otsuka Y; Ichikawa H; Kanazawa S; Yamaguchi MK; Spehar B, 2014, 'Temporal dynamics of spatial frequency processing in infants', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, pp. 995 - 1008,

Spehar B; Macesic B, 2013, 'Patronage medical care of persons with diabetes', Sestrinski glasnik/Nursing Journal, pp. 215 - 224,

Macesic B; Spehar B, 2013, 'Prevention of cardiovascular diseases in primary health care', Sestrinski glasnik/Nursing Journal, pp. 194 - 198,

Spehar B; Taylor RP, 2013, 'Fractals in art and nature: Why do we like them?', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering,, 8651,

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