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Associate Professor Kevin Brooks

BSc York, DPhil US.

Kevin Brooks

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : C3A 405
Phone : +61 2 9850 7796
email : kevin.brooks@mq.edu.au
Homepage : http://www.psy.mq.edu.au/staffDirectory/staffDirectory2.php%3fStaffID=179.php

External Address

Department of Psychology
Macquarie University

Profile

My interest in Perception was stimulated early in life by various visual illusions, and by the discovery that my colour vision was defective. As an undergraduate, I studied Physics at Imperial College, London (UK), before moving to the University of York (UK) to study Psychology, specialising in Perception. At the University of Sussex (UK) I completed my doctoral thesis, followed by a post-doc at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, (USA). After 2 post-doctoral appointments at UNSW and a Senior Lectureship at the University of Plymouth (UK), I returned to Australia to my current position.

External Memberships

  • Member, Australian Conference on Undergraduate Research (ACUR) Steering Committee
  • Life Member, Applied Vision Association
  • Member, Association for Psychological Science
  • Member, International Stereoscopic Union

Awards

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Extra Mile Award (2015), Lukin, A., Bishop, B., Hubbard, M., McKnight, L., Nicholas, M., Loveday, A., Robredo Moran, S., Moore, S., Murray, J., Barnes, S., Finkbeiner, M., Sutton, J., Kaplan, D.M., Brooks, K., McMahon, C., Boag, S., Hayden, J., Hadley, F. Newall, C., Harrison, N. "For the faculty HDR administrative team for outstanding and effective customer service, as well as an ability to problem solve and provide support."
  • Macquarie University, Executive Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), Brooks, K.R. ($3,000)
  • Macquarie University, Vice Chancellor’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2015), Brooks, K.R. ($2,000)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "The Effect of Visual Body Size Adaptation on Multimodal Representations of the Self." Stephen, I., Brooks, K., Zopf, R., & Polito, V. ($24,846)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (2017) "Mobile eyetracking laboratory." Kruger, J., Boisvert, I., Pachman, M., Kruger, H., Blythe, J., Benders, T., Fang, J., Badcock, N., Brooks, K.R., Caruana, N., Stephen, I., & Mitchison, D. ($132,888)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Open Access Journal Assistance Scheme (2016) "Body image distortion and exposure to extreme body types: Contingent adaptation and cross adaptation for self and other" (Frontiers in Neuroscience). Brooks, K. ($2,780)
  • Macquarie University Merit Scholars Research Scholarship (2015) "Underlying perceptual mechanisms of body image disturbance." Brooks, K. ($5,200)
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grant (2015 - 2016) "A visual adaptation model of body size misperception." Stephen, I.D., Brooks, K., & Stevenson, D. ($49,971)
  • Macquarie University Department of Psychology Research Funding (2014) "Adaptation of complex stimuli: The influence of social factors." Brooks, K. ($4,981)
  • Macquarie University Merit Scholars Research Scholarship (2014) "Perception and the neural encoding of race." Brooks, K. ($2,600)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (2014) "Virtual reality dome system." Loveday, T., Crane, M., Thompson, W., Hellman, A., Brooks, K., Curby, K., Kavalki-Thorne, M., & Wiggins, M. ($106,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre Scheme (2014 - 2017) "Perception in Action Research Centre (PARC)" Rich, A., Finkbeiner, M., Williams, M., Carlson, T., Sowman, P., Brooks, K., Coltheart, V., Curby, K., & Stevenson, R.J. ($30,000)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (2013) "Driving simulators." Thompson, W., Irwin, J., Chekaluk, E., Curby, K., Tent, J., Lionel Howitt, R., Dowling, R., Batchelor, J., Warbuton, W., Brooks, K., Dean, C., Jones, M., & Wiggins, M. ($200,000)
  • Macquarie University Safety Net Grant (2012) "Identity checks in four dimensions: Improving the process of identification document verification using stereoscopic and moving images." Brooks, K. ($25,000)
  • Macquarie University Department of Psychology Research Intern Training Scheme (2012) "A stereoscopic advantage in human face matching?" Brooks, K. ($4,239)
  • Macquarie University Department of Psychology Research Funding (2011) "Psychophysical studies of human 3D speed perception during 'real world' driving." Brooks, K. ($10,917)
  • Macquarie University New Staff Grant Scheme (2010 - 2011) "Improving the checking of identification documents using moving and stereoscopic (3D) images." Brooks, K. ($16,995)
  • Australian Research Council (2009 - 2011) "Driving in the fog: Speed illusions caused by variations of object contrast." Brooks, K. ($92,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Brooks, K.R. (2017). Depth perception and the history of 3D art: Who produced the first stereoscopic images? i-Perception, 8(1), 1-22. doi:10.1177/2041669516680114
  • Sturman, D., Stephen, I.D., Mond, J., Stevenson, R.J., & Brooks, K.R. (2017). Independent aftereffects of fat and muscle: Implications for neural encoding, body space representation, and body image disturbance. Scientific Reports, 7, 40392. doi:10.1038/srep40392
  • Brierley, M.-E., Brooks, K.R., Mond, J., Stevenson, R.J., & Stephen, I.D. (2016). The body and the beautiful: Health, attractiveness and body composition in men’s and women’s bodies. PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0156722. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156722
  • Brooks, K.R., & Thompson, P. (2016). Perceived speed of compound stimuli is moderated by component contrast, not overall pattern contrast. i-Perception, 7(5), 1-15. doi:10.1177/2041669516674959
  • Brooks, K.R., Mond, J.M., Stevenson, R.J., & Stephen, I.D. (2016). Body image distortion and exposure to extreme body types: Contingent adaptation and cross adaptation for self and other. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, 334. doi:10.3389/fnins.2016.00334
  • Kemp, R.I., Caon, A., Howard, M., & Brooks, K.R. (2016). Improving unfamiliar face matching by masking the external facial features. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(4), 622-627. doi:10.1002/acp.3239
  • Stephen, I.D., Bickersteth, C., Mond, J., Stevenson, R.J., & Brooks, K.R. (2016). No effect of featural attention on body size aftereffects. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1223. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01223
  • Tidbury, L.P., Brooks, K.R., O’Connor A.R., & Wuerger, S.M. (2016). Binocular vision in normal and stereoblind observers: A comparison of disparity detection thresholds for static and dynamic stimuli. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 57, 3545-3553. doi:10.1167/iovs.15-18104
  • Brooks, K.R., & Rafat, M.E. (2015). Simulation of driving in low visibility conditions: Does stereopsis improve speed perception? Perception, 44(2), 145-156. doi:10.1068/p7779
  • Gwinn, O.S., & Brooks, K.R. (2015). Face encoding is not categorical: Consistent evidence across multiple types of contingent aftereffects. Visual Cognition, 23(7), 867-893. doi:10.1080/13506285.2015.1091800
  • Gwinn, O.S., & Brooks, K.R. (2015). No role for lightness in the encoding of black and white: Race-contingent face aftereffects depend on facial morphology, not facial luminance. Visual Cognition, 23(5), 597-611. doi:10.1080/13506285.2015.1061085
  • Zeman , A., Brooks, K.R., & Ghebreab, S. (2015). An exponential filter model predicts lightness illusions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 368. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00368
  • Zeman , A., Obst, O., & Brooks, K.R. (2014). Complex cells decrease errors for the Müller-Lyer illusion in a model of the visual ventral stream. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 8, 112. doi:10.3389/fncom.2014.00112
  • Bennetts, R.J., Kim, J., Burke, D., Brooks, K.R., Lucey, S., Saragih, J., & Robbins, R.A. (2013). The movement advantage in famous and unfamiliar faces: A comparison of point-light displays and shape-normalized avatar stimuli. Perception, 42, 950-970. doi:10.1068/p7446
  • Bradford, D.L., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Brooks, K.R. (2013). The impact of presentation modality on perceptions of truthful and deceptive confessions. Journal of Criminology, 2013, 164546. doi:10.1155/2013/164546
  • Farrell-Whelan, M., & Brooks, K.R. (2013). Differential processing: Towards a unified model of direction and speed perception. Vision Research, 92, 10-18. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2013.08.010
  • Gwinn, O.S., & Brooks, K.R. (2013). Race-contingent face aftereffects: A result of perceived racial typicality, not categorization. Journal of Vision, 13(10), 13. doi:10.1167/13.10.13
  • Zeman , A., Obst, O., Brooks, K.R., & Rich, A.N. (2013). The Müller-Lyer Illusion in a computational model of biological object recognition. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e56126. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056126
  • Farrell-Whelan, M., Wenderoth, P. & Brooks, K.R. (2012). Challenging the distribution shift: Statically-induced direction illusion implicates differential processing of object-relative and non-object-relative motion. Vision Research, 58, 10-18.
  • Farrell-Whelan, M., Wenderoth, P., & Brooks, K.R. (2012). The hierarchical order of processes underlying the direction illusion and the direction aftereffect. Perception, 41, 389-401.
  • Brock, J., Xu, J. Y., & Brooks, K. (2011). Individual differences in visual search: relationship to autistic traits, discrimination thresholds, and speed of processing. Perception, 40, 739-742.
  • Brooks, K.R., Morris, T., & Thompson, P. (2011). Contrast and stimulus complexity moderate the relationship between spatial frequency and perceived speed: Implications for MT models of speed perception. Journal of Vision, 11(14, 19), 1–10. doi:10.1167/11.14.19
  • Brooks, K. R., Morris, T., & Thompson, P. (2010). Effects of contrast and spatial frequency on the perceived speed of simple and complex gratings. Perception, 39, 150.
  • Brooks, K.R. & Gwinn, S.O. (2010). No role for lightness in the perception of black and white? Simultaneous contrast affects perceived skin tone, but not perceived race. Perception, 39, 1142-1145.
  • Brooks, K.R. & Stone L.S. (2010). Accuracy of stereomotion speed processing with persisting and dynamic textures. Perceptual & Motor Skill, 111, 921-935.
  • Wardle, S., Cass, J., Brooks, K.R., & Alais, D. (2010). Breaking camouflage: Binocular disparity reduces contrast masking in natural images. Journal of Vision, 10(38), 1-12. doi:10.1167/10.14.38
  • Daury, N., Brooks, K.R. & Bredart, S. (2009). Perceptual memory for highly familiar people’s body shape: manipulation of images of the self and friend. Perception, 38, 261-270.
  • Brooks, K.R. & Gillam, B.J. (2007). Stereomotion perception for a monocularly camouflaged stimulus. Journal of Vision, 7, 1-14. http://journalofvision.org/7/13/1, doi:10.1167/7.13.1 [Link]
  • Brooks, K.R. & Kemp, R.I. (2007). Sensitivity to feature displacement in familiar and unfamiliar faces: Beyond the internal/external feature distinction. Perception, 36, 1646-1659. doi:10.1068/p5675
  • Gillam, B.J., Blackburn, S. & Brooks, K.R. (2007). Hinge versus twist: the effects of “reference surface” and discontinuities on stereoscopic slant perception. Perception, 36, 596-616. doi:10.1068/p5535
  • Brooks, K.R. & Gillam, B.J. (2006). The swinging doors of perception: Stereomotion without binocular matching. Journal of Vision., 6, 685-695. doi:10.1167/6.7.2
  • Brooks, K.R. & Gillam, B.J. (2006). Quantitative perceived depth from sequential monocular decamouflage. Vision Research, 46, 605-613. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2005.06.015
  • Brooks, K.R. & Stone L.S. (2006). Spatial scale of stereomotion speed processing. Vision Sciences Society, Journal of Vision., 6, 1257-1266. doi:10.1167/6.11.9
  • Brooks, K.R. & Stone L.S. (2006). Stereomotion suppression and the perception of speed: accuracy and precision as a function of 3D trajectory. Journal of Vision, 6, 1214-1223. doi:10.1167/6.11.6
  • Grove, P.M., Brooks, K.R., Anderson, B.L. & Gillam, B.J. (2006). Monocular transparency and unpaired stereopsis. Vision Research, 46, 3041-3053. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2006.05.003
  • Thompson, P., Brooks, K.R. & Hammett S. (2006). Speed can go up as well as down at low contrast: Implications for models of motion processing. Vision Research, 46, 782-786. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2005.08.005
  • Brooks, K.R., & Stone, L.S. (2004). Stereomotion speed perception: Contributions from both changing disparity and interocular velocity difference over a range of relative disparities. Journal of Vision, 4, 1061-1079. doi:10.1167/4.12.6.
  • Krukowski, A.E., Pirog, K.A., Beutter, B.R., Brooks, K.R. & Stone, L.S. (2003). Human discrimination of visual direction of motion with and without smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Vision, 3, 831-840. doi:10.1167/3.11.16
  • Brooks, K.R. (2002). Interocular velocity difference contributes to stereomotion speed perception. Journal of Vision, 2, 218-231. doi:10.1167/2.3.2.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2002). Monocular motion adaptation affects the perceived trajectory of stereomotion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28, 1470-1482.
  • Brooks, K. (2001). Stereomotion speed perception is contrast dependent. Perception, 30, 725-731.
  • Brooks, K., & Mather, G. (2000). Perceived speed of motion in depth is reduced in the periphery. Vision Research, 40, 3507-3516.

Published Abstracts

  • Brooks, K.R., Sturman, D., Mond, J., Stevenson, R., & Stephen, I. (2016). The neural encoding of bodies along the dimensions of fat and muscle [Abstract]. Perception, 45, 83. doi:0.1177/0301006616671273
  • Brooks, K., Stephen, I.D., Murley, A., Mond, J., & Stevenson, D. (2015). Representation of body size for self and other: Simple-, cross- and contingent adaptation [Abstract]. Perception, 44, 118.
  • Zeman , A., Brooks, K., & Obst, O. (2014). Hierarchical feature representation reduces the Müller-Lyer effect [Abstract]. Perception, 42(Suppl. ECVP), 223.
  • Smith, F., Rich, A.N., Graham, S., de Lissa, P., Brooks, K., & Williams, M.A. (2012). ‘Filling-in’ of stimuli at the physiological blind spot reflects lateral connection rather than feedback [Abstract]. EEG and Clinical Neuroscience, 43(3), 246.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Brierley, M.-E., Brooks, K.R., Mond, J., Stevenson, R.J., & Stephen, I.D. (2016, October). The body and the beautiful: Health, attractiveness and body composition in men’s and women’s bodies. Paper presented at the 5th Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR), CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton.
  • Stephen, I.D., Brierley, M.-E., Brooks, K.R., Mond, J., & Stevenson, R.J. (2016, August). The body and the beautiful: Health, attractiveness and body composition in men’s and women’s bodies. Paper presented at the 23rd Biennial Congress of the International Society for Human Ethology (ISHE), Stirling, Scotland.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2016, July). Does phase really matter? Contrast and perceived speed for “complex” stimuli. Invited colloquium at the Vision Group, The University of New South Wales.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2016, June). Contrast and the perceived speed of compound stimuli. Invited colloquium at the Perception and Action Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2015, December). Was the Mona Lisa the first ever “3D” image? Invited paper presented at the Zero Dollar Conference, The University of New South Wales.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2015, October). Changing bodies: Perceptual adaptation and the psychophysics of body image distortion. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong.
  • Bickersteth, C., Brooks, K., & Stephen, I.D (2015, September). The role of attention in body size adaptation aftereffects. Paper presented at the Australian Conference on Undergraduate Research, Perth.
  • Brooks, K., Stephen, I.D., Murley, A., Mond, J., & Stevenson, D. (2015, August). Representation of Body Size for Self and Other: simple-, cross- and contingent adaptation. Paper presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception, Liverpool, UK.
  • Brooks, K.R. & Stephen, I.D. (2015, August). Body adaptation and the representation of self and other. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2015, July). The stereoscopic art of Salvador Dali. Invited presentation given at the Sydney Stereocamera Club, Sydney.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2015, May). Perception and the history of stereoscopic art. Invited colloquium at the PsychMAD Seminar Series, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Brooks, K., Mond, J., Stevenson, R., & Stephen, I.D. (2015, April). Body size adaptation aftereffects in self and others. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2015, March). Perception and the history of stereoscopic art. Invited colloquium at the Perception and Action Research Centre, Macquarie University.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2014, November). What does Kevin do? Invited colloquium at the Macquarie University Psychology Society Meet the Academics Series, Macquarie University.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2014, October). Depth perception and the history of stereoscopic art. Invited colloquium at the University of Western Sydney, Penrith.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2014, March). Mona Lisa in 3D. Did Leonardo create the first stereogram? Invited presentation given at the Sydney Stereocamera Club, Sydney.
  • Brooks, K.R., & Zeller, R. (2014, February). Face angle estimates and matching across viewpoints. Invited colloquium at the Unfamiliar Face Matching Meeting, The University of New South Wales.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2013, March). Surface and depth: Reflections on the artwork of Anish Kapoor. Invited presentation given at the Art Bar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2013, March). Psychology, perception and the science of illusions. Invited presentation given at the Queenwood School, Sydney, Australia.
  • Brooks, K.R. (2013, February). Contrast and stimulus complexity moderate the relationship between spatial frequency and perceived speed: Implications for MT models of speed perception. Invited presentation given at the Workshop on Information Processing in Cognition, CSIRO, Sydney.
  • Brooks, K. R., Morris, T., Challinor, K., & Thompson, P. (2011, December). Can MT models of speed perception account for the effects of stimulus complexity, contrast and spatial frequency on perceived speed? Poster session presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neurosciences Conference (ACNS), Sydney.

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