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James M. Brown

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Associate Professor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program


Ph.D. SUNY-Buffalo, 1985

Research Interests

Visual perception, information processing, attention, eye movement behavior

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Visual Perception Laboratory


Song, J., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Brown, J. M. (2024). Further examination of the pulsed- and steady-pedestal paradigms under hypothetical parvocellular- and magnocellular-biased conditions. Vision, 8, 28.

Song, J., Breitmeyer, B. G., & Brown, J. M. (2024). Examining increment thresholds as a function of pedestal contrast under hypothetical parvocellular- and magnocellular-biased conditions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 86:213–220,

Greene, H. H., Diwadkar, V., & Brown, J. M. (2023). Regularities in vertical saccadic metrics: new insights, and future perspectives. Frontiers in Psychology: Insights in Cognitive Science, Vol. 14,

Hale, R. G. & Brown, J. M. (2023). Exploring watercolor illusion spreading between dissected stimulus parts. Perception, 53, 2, 1-15;

Hale, R. G. & Brown, J. M. (2021). Influence of context on spatial expanse of color spreading in the watercolor illusion. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. 83, 3201–3215.

Brown, J.M., Plummer, R.W. (2020) When figure–ground segregation fails: Exploring antagonistic interactions in figure–ground perception. Atten Percept Psychophys 82, 3618–3635. 

Greene, H. H., Brown, J. M., & Strauss, G. P. (2020). Shorter fixation durations for up-directed saccades during saccadic exploration: A meta-analysis. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 12(8). 

McDunn, B.A., Brown, J.M. & Plummer, R.W. The influence of object structure on visual short-term memory for multipart objects. Atten Percept Psychophys 82, 1613–1631 (2020).

Brown, J. M., Breitmeyer, B. G., Hale, R. G., & Plummer, R. W. (2018). Contrast sensitivity indicates processing level of visual illusions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. July 9,

Breitmeyer, B. G., Tripathy, S. P., & Brown, J. M. (2018). Can contrast-response functions guide research on visual processing levels? Vision, 2, 14; doi:10.3390/vision2010014.

Greene, H. H., & Brown, J. M. (2017). Where did I come from? Where am I going? Functional differences in visual search fixation duration. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 10(1), 1-13.

McDunn, B. A., Brown, J. M., Hale, R. G., & Siddiqui, A. P. (2017). Disentangling boundary extension and normalization of view memory for scenes.Visual Cognition, 1-13.

Hale, R., Brown, J. M., & McDunn, B. A. (2016). Increasing task demand by obstructing object recognition increases boundary extension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Advance online publication, DOI 10.3758/s13423-016-1018-5.

Hale, R., Brown, J.M., McDunn, B.A., & Siddiqui, A.P. (2015). An influence of extremal edges on boundary extension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 961-966, DOI 10.3758/s13423-014-0751-x.

Brown, J. M., Guenther, B. A., Narang, S., & Siddiqui, A., & Foley, N. (2014). The object advantage can be eliminated under equiluminant conditions. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21:1459–1464, DOI 10.3758/s13423-014-0630-5.

Greene, H. H., Brown, J. M., & Dauphin, B. (2014). When do you look where you look? A visual field asymmetry. Vision Research, 102, 33-40.

Hale, R., Brown, J.M., McDunn, B.A., & Siddiqui, A.P. (2015) An influence of extremal edges on boundary extension. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22:961–966 DOI 10.3758/s13423-014-0751-x

McDunn, B.A., Siddiqui, P. A., & Brown, J.M. (2014). Exploring the boundary of boundary extension. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 21, 370-375, DOI 10.3758/s13423-013-0494-0  

Greene, H. H., Brown, J. M., & Paradis, B. A. (2013). Luminance contrast, eye movement indices, and the visual span during visual target localization. Displays, 34, 27-32.

Brown, J.M. (2013). A sex difference in location-based IOR. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 721-725.

Brown, J. M., & Guenther, B. A. (2012). Magnocellular and parvocellular pathway influences on location-based inhibition-of-return. Perception, 41, 319-338.

Guenther, B. A., & Brown, J. M. (2012). Exploring the effect of stimulus characteristics on location-based inhibition of return using abrupt and ramped stimulus presentation. Vision Research, 60, 28-33.

Brown, J. M. (2009). Visual streams and shifting attention. In N. Srinivasan (Ed.), Progress in Brain Research (Volume 176, Attention, pp. 47-63): Elsevier.

Bedwell, J. S., Brown, J. M., & Orem, D. M. (2008). The effect of a red background on location backward masking by structure. Perception & Psychophysics, 70, 503-507.

Brown, J. M., & Denney, H. I. (2007). Shifting attention into and out of objects: Evaluating the processes underlying the object advantage. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 606-618.

Bedwell, J.S., Miller, L.S., Brown, J.M., and Yanasak, N.E. (2006). Schizophrenia and red light: fMRI evidence for a novel biobehavioral marker. International Journal of Neuroscience, 116, 1-14.

Srinivasan, N., & Brown, J. M. (2006). Effects of endogenous spatial attention on the detection and discrimination of spatial frequencies. Perception, 35, 193-200.

Brown, J. M., Breitmeyer, B. G., Leighty, K. A., Denney, H. I. (2006). The path of visual attention. Acta Psychologica, 121, 199-209.

Bedwell, J. S., Miller, L. S., Brown, J. M., McDowell, J. E. & Yanasak, N. E. (2004). Functional magnetic resonance imaging examination of the magnocellular visual pathway in nonpsychotic relatives of persons with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 71(2-3), 509-510.

Bedwell, J. S., Brown, J. M., & Miller, L. S. (2003). The magnocelllular visual system and schizophrenia: What can the color red tell us? Schizophrenia Research, 63, 273-284.

Solberg, J. L., & Brown, J. M. (2002). No sex differences in contrast sensitivity and reaction time to spatial frequency. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 94, 1053-1055.

Brown, J. M., Gyoba, J., & May, J. G. (2001). Stationary phantoms and grating induction with oblique inducing gratings: Implications for different mechanisms underlying the two phenomena. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 8, 278-283.

Brown, J. M. (2000). Fundus pigmentation and equiluminant moving phantoms. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 90, 963-973.

Brown, J. M., & Koch, C. (2000). Influences of occlusion, color, and luminance on the perception of fragmented pictures. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 90, 1033-1044.

Greene, H. H., & Brown, J. M. (2000). Amodal completion and localization. Vision Research, 40, 383-390.

May, J. G., Brown, J. M., & Roberts, S. (1999). Afterimages, grating induction and illusory phantoms. Vision Research, 39, 3025-3031.

Greene, H. H., & Brown, J. M. (1997). Spatial interactions with real and gap-induced illusory lines in a vernier acuity task. Vision Research, 37, 597-604.

Greene, H. H., & Brown, J. M. (1995). The effect of nearby luminance contrast polarity on color boundary localization. Vision Research, 35, 2767-2771.

Koch, C., & Brown, J. M. (1994). Examining the time course of prime effects on Stroop processing. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 79, 675-687.

Brown, J. M., & Koch, C. (1993). Influences of closure, occlusion, and size on the perception of fragmented pictures. Perception & Psychophysics, 53, 436-442.

Brown, J. M. (1993). Moving phantom visibility as a function of fundus pigmentation. Perception & Psychophysics, 53, 367-371.

Brown, J. M., Weisstein, N., & May, J. G. (1992). Visual search for simple volumetric shapes. Perception & Psychophysics, 51, 40-48.

Brown, J. M., & Weisstein, N. (1990). Conflicting figure ground and depth information reduces moving phantom visibility. Perception, 20, 155 165.

May, J. G., Brown, J. M., Scott, S., & Donlon, M. (1990). Visual persistence for spatially filtered images. Perception & Psychophysics, 47, 563 567.

May, J. G., Brown, J. M., Gutierrez, C., & Donlon, M. (1990). The effects of spatial phase on reaction time to spatially filtered images. Psychological Research, 52, 22 27.

Brown, J. M., & Weisstein, N. (1988a). A phantom context effect: visual phantomsenhance target visibility. Perception & Psychophysics, 43, 53 56.

Brown, J. M., & Weisstein, N. (1988b). A spatial frequency effect on perceived depth. Perception and Psychophysics, 44, 157 166.

Articles Featuring James M. Brown

Big THANK YOUs out to our great Psychology faculty for going out of their way to make sure our students receive the very best teaching, training, and development…

"Pioneer Visual Neuroscience: A Festschrift for Naomi Weisstein" was published this month and edited by faculty member Dr. James M. Brown, Dr. Weisstein's last graduate student at the University of Buffalo. This book honors Naomi Weisstein’s foreshortened…

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