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Journal articles

Viengkham C; Isherwood Z; Spehar B, 2019, 'Fractal-Scaling Properties as Aesthetic Primitives in Vision and Touch', Axiomathes, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10516-019-09444-z

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v10i1.648

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40537-018-0158-z

Viengkham C; Spehar B, 2018, 'Preference for fractal-scaling properties across synthetic noise images and artworks', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01439

Spehar B; Van Tonder GJ, 2017, 'Koffka’s aesthetic gestalt', Leonardo, vol. 50, pp. 53 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/LEON_a_01020

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171289

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.10.013

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1183-7

Spehar B; Walker N; Taylor RP, 2016, 'Taxonomy of individual variations in aesthetic responses to fractal patterns', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00350

Kimchi R; Yeshurun Y; Spehar B; Pirkner Y, 2016, 'Perceptual organization, visual attention, and objecthood', Vision Research, vol. 126, pp. 34 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2015.07.008

Spehar B; Halim VA, 2016, 'Created unequal: Temporal dynamics of modal and amodal boundary interpolation', Vision Research, vol. 126, pp. 97 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2015.10.006

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00514

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, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000395028800030&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035440

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035440

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2012076

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2010.10.014

Spehar B; Owens C, 2012, 'When do luminance changes capture attention?', Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, vol. 74, pp. 674 - 690, http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13414-011-0266-8

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00528

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00047

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2011.00060

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000651

Cass JR; Clifford CW; Alais D; Spehar B, 2009, 'Temporal structure of chromatic channels revealed through masking', Journal of Vision, vol. 9, pp. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/9.5.17

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/9.10.12

Schira M; Tyler C; Breakspear MJ; Spehar B, 2009, 'The foveal confluence in human visual cortex', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 29, pp. 9050 - 9058, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1760-09.2009

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2008.12.014

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, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000415475700006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Owens C; Spehar B, 2008, 'Unique temporal change does not account for attentional capture by sudden onsets', Visual Cognition, vol. 16, pp. 307 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13506280701434458

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/8.16.6

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-005-1727-6

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2005.03.010

Cass JR; Spehar B, 2005, 'Dynamics of cross- and iso-surround facilitation suggest distinct mechanisms', Vision Research, vol. 45, pp. 3060 - 3073, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2005.08.003

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BF03196379

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2004.07.022

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1167/3.2.1

Spehar B; Clifford C, 2003, 'When does illusory contour formation depend on contrast polarity?', Vision Research, vol. 43, pp. 1915 - 1919, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0042-6989(03)00274-8

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2003.08.005

Spehar B; Clifford C; Newell BR; Taylor R, 2003, 'Universal Aesthetic of Fractals', Computers and Graphics - Uk, vol. 27, pp. 813 - 820, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0097-8493(03)00154-7

Spehar B, 2002, 'The role of contrast polarity in perceptual closure', Vision Research, vol. 42, pp. 343 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0042-6989(01)00287-5

Spehar B; Gillam BJ, 2002, 'Modal completion in the Poggendorff Illusion: Support for the depth-processing theory', Psychological Science, vol. 13, pp. 306 - 312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0956-7976.2002.00457.x

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/p11sp

Spehar B; Clifford C; Agostini T, 2002, 'Induction in variants of White`s effect: Common or separate mechanisms?', Perception, vol. 31, pp. 189 - 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/p10sp

Spehar B; Clifford CWG, 2001, 'Brightness induction in variants of White's effect', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 53, pp. 66 - 66, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000202876000302&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Owens C; Spehar B, 2001, 'Varieties of attentional capture', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 53, pp. 61 - 62, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000202876000281&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Spehar B, 2000, 'Degraded illusory contour formation with non-uniform inducers in Kanizsa configurations: the role of contrast polarity', Vision Research, vol. 40, pp. 2653 - 2659, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0042-6989(00)00109-7

Clifford C; Wenderoth P; Spehar B, 2000, 'A functional angle on some after-effects in cortical vision', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B - Biological Sciences, vol. 267, pp. 1705 - 1710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2000.1198

Gilchrist AL; Kossyfidis C; Bonato F; Agostini T; Cataliotti J; Li X; Spehar B; Annan V; Economou E, 1999, 'An anchoring theory of lightness perception', Psychological Review, vol. 106, pp. 795 - 834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0033-295X.106.4.795

Zaidi Q; Spehar B; Debonet J, 1998, 'Adaptation to textured chromatic fields.', J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, vol. 15, pp. 23 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.15.000023

Spehar B; Gilchrist AL; Arend LE, 1997, 'Qualitative boundaries critical in White's effect and square-wave brightness induction: Reply', VISION RESEARCH, vol. 37, pp. 1044 - 1047, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1997WU12800008&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a


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