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Dr Jessica Irons

BA UQ, PhD UQ.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : jesirons@gmail.com

External Address

Department of Psychology
The Ohio State University, USA

Profile

Face recognition in prosthetic vision and with visual impairment; attentional control settings; attentional capture; visual search; video gaming and cognition.

Recent External Appointments

  • Reviewer, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. (2013 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. (2012 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Cognitive Psychology. (2011 continuing)

Awards

  • Tutor commendation for teaching excellence. (2010), Irons, J. School of Psychology, University of Queensland
  • Australian postgraduate award (2006), Irons, J.

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Dawel, A., Wright, L., Irons, J., Dumbleton, R., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2017). Perceived emotion genuineness: Normative ratings for popular facial expression stimuli and development of perceived-as-genuine and perceived-as-fake sets. Behavior Research Methods, 49(4), 1539-1562. doi:10.3758/s13428-016-0813-2
  • Palermo, R., Jeffery, L., Lewandowsky, J., Fiorentini, C., Irons, J.L., Dawal, A., Burton, N., McKone, E., & Rhodes, G. (In Press). Adaptive face coding contributes to individual differences in facial expression recognition independently of affective factors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. doi:10.1037/xhp0000463
  • Palermo, R., Rossion, B., Rhodes, G., Laguesse, R., Tez, T., Hall, B., Albonico, A., Malaspina, M., Daini, R., Irons, J., Al-Janabi, S., Taylor, L.C., Rivolta, D., & McKone, E. (2017). Do people have insight into their face recognition abilities? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(2), 218-233. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1161058
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015). Fearful faces drive gaze-cueing and threat bias effects in children on the lookout for danger. Developmental Science, 18(2), 219-231. doi:10.1111/desc.12203
  • Wan, L., Crookes, K., Reynolds, K., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015). A cultural setting where the other-race effect on face recognition has no social-motivational component and derives entirely from lifetime perceptual experience. Cognition, 144, 91-115. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.07.011
  • Irons, J., McKone, E., Dumbleton, R., Barnes, N., He, X., Provis, J., Ivanovici, C., & Kwa, A. (2014). A new theoretical approach to improving face recognition in disorders of central vision: Face caricaturing. Journal of Vision, 14(2), 1-29.
  • Irons, J.L., & Remington, R.W. (2013). Can attentional control settings be maintained for two color-location conjunctions? Evidence from an RSVP task. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 75 , 862-875. doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0439-8
  • Palermo, R., O’Connor, K.B., Davis, J.M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2013). New tests to measure individual differences in matching and labelling facial expressions of emotion, and their association with ability to recognise vocal emotions and facial identity. PLoS ONE, 8(6), e68126. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068126
  • Pond, S., Kloth, N, McKone, E., Jeffery, L., Irons, J., & Rhodes, G. (2013). Aftereffects support opponent coding of face gender. Journal of Vision, 13(14), 16.
  • Irons, J.L., Folk, C.L., & Remington, R.W. (2012). All set! Evidence of simultaneous attentional control settings for multiple target colors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 758-775. doi:10.1037/a0026578
  • Irons, J.L., Remington, R.W., & McLean, J. (2011). Not so fast: Rethinking the effects of action video games on attentional capacity. Australian Journal of Psychology, 63, 224-231.

Published Abstracts

  • Wan, L., McKone, E., Irons, J., & Crookes, K. (2013). Reducing the other-race effect requires childhood visual experience, not increased social motivation [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 862.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Dawel, A., Wright, L., Irons, J., Gumbleton, R., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2017, April). Are popular posed 'emotion' stimuli good enough for research? Paper presented at the Selective Attention and Individual Differences in Motivation and Emotion Forum Meeting, 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Dawel, A., Wright, L., Irons, J., Gumbleton, R., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., & McKone, E. (2016, August). Are posed “emotion” expression stimuli good enough? Not for research on social anxiety! Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, November). Fearful faces drive gaze-cueing and threat bias effects in children on the lookout for danger. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, June). Contrasting three theories of attention to emotions: Individuals high in callous unemotional traits can ignore goal-irrelevant cues to attention with no specificity for fear or eyes. Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, Chicago, USA.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, June). Contrasting three theories of attention to emotions: Individuals high in callous unemotional traits can ignore goal-irrelevant cues to attention with no specificity for fear or eyes. Poster session presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, Chicago, USA.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O'Kearney, R., Sellbom, M., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, April). Following others' eye-gaze is not always mandatory. Paper presented at the 42nd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., Palermo, R., O’Kearney, R., Wright, L., Dumbleton, R., Irons, J., & McKone, E. (2015, March). Why it is problematic for research to use only posed facial expression stimuli. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders International Person Perception Workshop, Perth.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O’Kearney, R., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (2014, August). Face expression processing and attentional cueing in callous-unemotional traits. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J. & Palermo, R. (2014, April). Do current face "emotion" stimuli really display emotion? Differences between posed and genuinely-felt face expressions. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Irons, J., Gradden, T., McKone, E., He, X., & Barnes, N. (2014, April). Improving recognition of low-resolution faces with caricaturing: The bionic eye. Poster session presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • McKone, E., Irons, J., Dumbleton, R., He, X., Barnes, N., Ivanovici, C., & Kwa, A. (2014, April). A new theoretical approach to improving recognition of low- resolution faces: Blur in simulated age-related macular degeneration. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Wan, L., McKone, E., Crookes, K., Reynolds, K., & Irons, J. (2014, April). The other-race effect in face memory cannot be overcome by motivation, but early-life inter-racial contact can help. Poster session presented at the 41st Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (2013, November). Attention abnormalities in callous unemotional traits are not specific to eye-gaze or fear. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Sydney.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., O'Kearney, R., Irons, J., & Palermo, R. (2013, October). Attention abnormalities in callous unemotional traits are not specific to eye-gaze or fear. Colloquium at the 8th Annual Brain Sciences UNSW Symposium, Sydney.
  • Kloth, N., Pond, S., McKone, E., Jeffery, L., Irons, J., & Rhodes, G. (2013, August). It’s a girl! Opponent versus multichannel neural coding underlying the perception of face gender. Poster session presented at the European Conference of Visual Perception (ECVP), Bremen, Germany.
  • Dawel, A., McKone, E., Irons, J., O'Kearney, R., & Palermo, R. (2013, May). Look out! Gaze-cueing is greater from fearful faces in a dangerous context for children and adults. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Laguesse, R., Tez, T., Hall, B., Irons, J., McKone, E., Daini, R., Albonico, A., Malaspina, M., Taylor, E., Rhodes, G., Charpentier, A., Rossion, B., & Palermo, R. (2013, May). Subjective self-assessment of face recognition ability is only weakly related to objective measures of face recognition performance. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • McKone, E., Irons, J., He, X., Barnes, N., Provis, J., Dumbleton, R., Ivanovici, C., & Kwa, A. (2013, May). Caricaturing improves face recognition in simulated age-related macular degeneration. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Palermo, R., Jeffery, L., Lewandowsky, J., Fiorentini, C., McKone, E., Irons, J.L., Skinner, A., Benton, C., & Burton, N. (2013, May). Individual differences in the ability to recognize facial expressions are associated with the strength of adaptive expression coding but not the strength of holistic expression coding. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Palermo, R., Jeffery, L., Lewandowsky, J., Fiorentini, C., McKone, E., Irons, J.L., Skinner, A.L., Benton, C.P., Burton, N., & Rhodes, G. (2013, May). Which perceptual mechanisms contribute to individual differences in the ability to recognise facial expressions? Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Wan, L., McKone, E., Irons, J., & Crookes, K. (2013, May). Reducing the other-race effect requires childhood visual experience, not increased social motivation. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Kloth, N., Pond, S., Jeffery, L., McKone, E., Irons, J., & Rhodes, G. (2013, April). It’s a girl! Opponent versus multichannel neural coding underlying the perception of face gender. Colloquium at the School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia, Perth.
  • Kloth, N., Pond, S., Jeffery, L., McKone, E., Irons, J., & Rhodes, G. (2013, April). It’s a girl! Opponent versus multichannel neural coding underlying the perception of face gender. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Palermo, R., Jeffery, L., Lewandowsky, J., Fiorentini, C., McKone, E., Irons, J.L., Skinner, A., Benton, C., Burton, N., & Rhodes, G. (2013, April). Which perceptual mechanisms contribute to individual differences in the ability to recognise facial expressions? Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Adelaide.
  • Palermo, R., O’Connor, K.B., Davis, J.M., McKone, E., & Irons, J. (2012, September). Individual differences in matching and labelling facial expressions: Is there an association with the ability to recognise vocal expressions or facial identity? Paper presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception, Alghero, Italy.
  • Irons, J., Remington, R., & Folk, C. (2011, April). Can attention be set for multiple colours? Paper presented at the Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Remington, R., Becker, S., Irons, J., & Wu, S-C. (2010, April). A model of sequence execution. Paper presented at the Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne.
  • Irons, J., Remington, R., & McLean, J. (2009, April). The effect of video-gaming on attention: Structural or strategic? Poster session presented at the 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Wollongong.
  • Irons, J., Remington, R., & McLean, J. (2008, November). Video-Gaming and attention: Distractor processing in perceptual load and flanker tasks. Poster session presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, USA.
  • Irons, J., Carroll, M., Remington, R., & McLean, J. (2007, January). Attentional capture by revolving abrupt onset cue. Poster session presented at the 34th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Canberra.

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