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

Book Chapters

Mifsud N; Mannion D; Garbutt M; Spehar B, 2018, 'Decoding Visual Exploration in Static and Dynamic Visual Images', in Rourke A; Spehar B (ed.), , 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, edn. Trandformative Pedagogy in the Visual Domain, Common Grounds, Champaign, Illinois, pp. 1 - 4,

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, edn. Springer Series in Computational Neuroscience, 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", edn. 1, 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, edn. 1, Springer Publishing Company, Berlin, pp. 53 - 64

Journal articles

Viengkham C; Isherwood Z; Spehar B, 2019, 'Fractal-Scaling Properties as Aesthetic Primitives in Vision and Touch', Axiomathes,

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, vol. 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, vol. 5,

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

Spehar B; Van Tonder GJ, 2017, 'Koffka’s aesthetic gestalt', Leonardo, vol. 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, vol. 12,

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, vol. 146, pp. 642 - 657,

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, vol. 78, pp. 1916 - 1925,

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

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

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

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, vol. 9,

Spehar B; Isherwood Z; Schira M, 2014, 'Aesthetic and neural responses to synthetic images varying in their amplitude spectrum', PERCEPTION, vol. 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, vol. 40, pp. 995 - 1008,

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, vol. 40, pp. 995 - 1008,

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

Otsuka ; Hill H; Kanazawa S; Yamaguchi MK; Spehar B, 2012, 'Perception of Mooney faces by young infants: The role of local feature visibility, contrast polarity and motion', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 111, pp. 164 - 179,

Spehar B; Owens C, 2012, 'When do luminance changes capture attention?', Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, vol. 74, pp. 674 - 690,

Stevanov J; Spehar B; Ashida H; Kitaoka A, 2012, 'Anomalous motion illusion contributes to visual preference.', Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, vol. 3, pp. Article 528,

Schira M; Spehar B, 2011, 'Differential effect of contrast polarity reversals in closed squares and open L-junctions', Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 11,

Taylor RP; Spehar B; Van D; Hagerhall CM, 2011, 'Perceptual and physiological responses to Jackson Pollock’s fractals', FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, vol. 5, pp. 60,

Schira M; Tyler C; Spehar B; Breakspear MJ, 2010, 'Modeling Magnification and Anisotropy in the Primate Foveal Confluence', PLoS Computational Biology, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 10,

Cass JR; Clifford CW; Alais D; Spehar B, 2009, 'Temporal structure of chromatic channels revealed through masking', Journal of Vision, vol. 9, pp. 17,

Cass J; Alais D; Spehar B; Bex PJ, 2009, 'Temporal whitening: Transient noise perceptually equalizes the 1/f temporal amplitude spectrum', Journal of Vision, vol. 9,

Schira M; Tyler C; Breakspear MJ; Spehar B, 2009, 'The foveal confluence in human visual cortex', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 29, pp. 9050 - 9058,

Mcdonald JS; Seymour KJ; Schira MM; Spehar B; Clifford CW, 2009, 'Orientation-specific contextual modulation of the fMRI BOLD response to luminance and chromatic gratings in human visual cortex', Vision Research, vol. 49, pp. 1397 - 1405,

Cranney J; Morris S; Spehar B; Scoufis M, 2008, 'Helping first year students think like psychologists: supporting information literacy and teamwork skill development', PSYCHOLOGY LEARNING AND TEACHING-PLAT, vol. 7, pp. 28 - 36,

Owens C; Spehar B, 2008, 'Unique temporal change does not account for attentional capture by sudden onsets', Visual Cognition, vol. 16, pp. 307 - 324,

Otsuka ; Yamazaki Y; Konishi Y; Kanazawa S; Yamaguchi MK; Spehar B, 2008, 'The perception of illusory transparent surfaces in infancy: early emergence of sensitivity to static pictorial cues', Journal of Vision, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 12,

Huon GF; Spehar B; Adam P; Rifkin WD, 2007, 'Resource use and academic performance among first year psychology students', Higher Education, vol. 53, pp. 1 - 27,

Cass JR; Spehar B, 2005, 'Dynamics of collinear contrast facilitation are consistent with long-range horizontal striate transmission', Vision Research, vol. 45, pp. 2728 - 2739,

Cass JR; Spehar B, 2005, 'Dynamics of cross- and iso-surround facilitation suggest distinct mechanisms', Vision Research, vol. 45, pp. 3060 - 3073,

Hayward WG; Wong A; Spehar B, 2005, 'When are viewpoint costs greater for silhouettes than for shaded images?', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 12, pp. 321 - 327,

Taylor RP; Spehar B; Wise J; Clifford CW; Newell BR; Hagerhall CM, 2005, 'Perceptual and physiological responses to the visual complexity of fractal patterns', Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences, vol. 9, pp. 89 - 114

Clifford C; Spehar B; Pearson J, 2004, 'Motion transparency promotes synchronous perceptual binding', Vision Research, vol. 44, pp. 3073 - 3080,

Clifford C; Spehar B; Solomon SG; Martin P; Zaidi Q, 2003, 'Interactions between color luminance in the perception', Journal of Vision, vol. 3, pp. 106 - 115,

Spehar B; Clifford C, 2003, 'When does illusory contour formation depend on contrast polarity?', Vision Research, vol. 43, pp. 1915 - 1919,

Clifford C; Pearson J; Forte J; Spehar B, 2003, 'Colour and luminance selectivity of spatial and temporal interactions in orientation perception', Vision Research, vol. 43, pp. 2885 - 2893,

Spehar B; Clifford C; Newell BR; Taylor R, 2003, 'Universal Aesthetic of Fractals', Computers and Graphics - Uk, vol. 27, pp. 813 - 820,

Spehar B, 2002, 'The role of contrast polarity in perceptual closure', Vision Research, vol. 42, pp. 343 - 350,

Spehar B; Gillam BJ, 2002, 'Modal completion in the Poggendorff Illusion: Support for the depth-processing theory', Psychological Science, vol. 13, pp. 306 - 312,

Spehar B; Clifford C, 2002, 'Painting with light by Rob and Nick Carter: Dramatic failures of colour constancy in articulated scenes', Perception, vol. 31, pp. 197 - 200,

Spehar B; Clifford C; Agostini T, 2002, 'Induction in variants of White`s effect: Common or separate mechanisms?', Perception, vol. 31, pp. 189 - 196,

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