Emeritus Professor Michael Humphreys

Emeritus Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
mh@psy.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56670

Overview

I received my BA in Psychology from Reed College in 1964 and my PhD in Psychology from Stanford University in 1970. I arrived at the University of Queensland as a lecturer at the end of 1979. Previously I had served as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and Northwestern University. I was promoted to professor in 1991 and served as head of department from 1994 to 1996. From 1998 to 2004 I served as the director of the Australian Research Council funded Key Centre for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology. I am a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. I have been Emeritus since 2010.

I have published 1 book, 107 journal articles and 24 book chapters and refereed conference proceedings. My publications include four major theoretical articles in the Psychological Review as well as a major theoretical article in Behavior and Brain Sciences. In addition I have consistently published in the major empirical journals in my area including the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Cognition, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, the Journal of Memory and Language, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and Memory and Cognition. I have a record of ARC grants going back to the start of the present granting system plus two NH&MRC grants. I currently have an ARC Linkage grant.

I am perhaps best known for my work on the Global Matching Models where I focussed on the cues, the role of context, the nature of the memory access operations, the discrimination problem faced by the memory system in solving specific tasks, the distinction between episodic and semantic memory, and the complexity of the memory representations. I have also been interested in the role of arousal/motivation in memory and how memory is controlled. All of these issues have been readdressed in a book which I havewritten with Kerry Chalmers.

My work has been cited 6356 times (Google Scholar) and 2065 times since 2012. My h index is 36, 18 since 2012.

Research Impacts

I have been interested in applying my knowledge of memory to applied problems. In this regards, I have worked on the role of memory in learning disabilities, air traffic control, facilitating care of dementia patents, and in memory for sponsorships. I have also co-authored a paper with Dr Andrew Smith validating the results produced by a knowledge discovery program. My latest applied project is an ARC Linkage grant investigating the role of similarity in trademark disputes. In this work much of my focus was on improving the way memory research was used to answer applied problems.

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Academy Social Sciences in Australia
  • BA, Reed Coll
  • PHD, Stanford University

Publications

  • Humphreys, Michael S., McFarlane, Kimberley A., Burt, Jennifer S., Kelly, Sarah J., Weatherall, Kimberlee G. and Burrell, Robert G. (2017) How important is the name in predicting false recognition for lookalike brands?. Psychology Public Policy and Law, 23 3: 381-395. doi:10.1037/law0000133

  • Burt, Jennifer S., McFarlane, Kimberley A., Kelly, Sarah, Humphreys, Michael S., Weatherall, Kimberlee G. and Burrell, Robert G. (2017) Brandname confusion: subjective and objective measures of orthographic similarity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 23 3: 320-335. doi:10.1037/xap0000127

  • Humphreys, Michael S., McFarlane, Kimberley A., Burt, Jennifer S., Kelly, Sarah J., Weatherall, Kimberlee G. and Burrell, Robert G. (2017) Recognition in context: implications for trade mark law. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 1-8. doi:10.3758/s13423-017-1235-6

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Publications

Book

  • Humphreys, Michael S. and Chalmers, Kerry A. Thinking about human memory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316091920

Book Chapter

  • Weeks, Clinton S., Cornwell, T. Bettina and Humphreys, Michael S. (2006). Conceptualizing sponsorship: An item and relational information account. In L. R. Kahle and C-H. Kim (Ed.), Creating Images and the Psychology of Marketing Communication (pp. 257-276) USA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Humphreys, M. S. and Kashima, Y. (2002). Connectionism and Self: distributed representational Systems and their Implications for Self and Identity. In Y. Kashima, M. Foddy and M. Platow (Ed.), Self and Identity - Personal, Social and Symbolic 1 ed. (pp. 27-54) New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Humphreys, M. S. and Tehan, G. (1999). Cues and codes in working memory tasks. In Chizuko Izawa (Ed.), On Memory: Evolution, Progress and Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Atkinson and Shiffrin Model (pp. 127-150) Mahwah, New Jersey: L Earlbaum Associates.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wu, Wen, Tangen, Jason M., Vokey, John R. and Humphreys, Michael S. (2012). On discriminating people: visual redundancy in categorization. In: Abstracts of the 2012 CSBBCS Annual Meeting. Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science 22nd Annual Meeting, Kingston, ON, Canada, (325-326). 7-9 June 2012. doi:10.1037/a0029409

  • Broughton, M, Smith, ER, Baker, R, Pachana, NA, Angwin, AJ, Byrne, G, Humphreys, MS and Chenery, HJ (2010). Supporting memory and communication in people with dementia: An educational program for caregivers. In: Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: Transitions of care across the aging continuum. 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, United States, (129-129). 19-23 November 2010. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq115

  • Lehmann, Stefan, Bolland, Scott, Remington, Roger, Humphreys, Michael S. and Neal, Andrew (2010). Using A* graph traversal to model conflict resolution in air traffic control. In: Dario D. Salvucci and Glenn Gunzelmann, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. ICCM 2010: 10th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A., (139-144). 5-8 August 2010.

  • Smith, E., Baker, R., Pachana, N., Mitchell, L., Angwin, A., Humphreys, M., Copland, D., Byrne, G., Gallois, C., Hucker, K., Vearncombe, K. and Chenery, H. (2009). Development of DVD-based training in strategies to support communication and memory in dementia. In: Alzheimer's & Dementia. Online Exclusive: Australian National Dementia Research Forum 2008 Abstracts. Australian National Dementia Research Forum 2008, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (e16-e16). 18-19 September 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2009.07.030

  • Lehmann, Stefan, Bolland, Scott, Remington, Roger, Humphreys, Michael S., Fothergill, Selina, Hasenbosch, Sam and Neal, Andrew (2009). Evaluation of a model of expert decision making in air traffic control. In: Wayne Christensen, Elizabeth Schier and John Sutton, ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science. 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney, Australia, (204-209). 30 September - 2 October 2010. doi:10.5096/ASCS200931

  • Chenery, H., Humphreys, M., Hegney, D., Pachana, N., Byrne, G., Gallois, C., Copland, D., Angwin, A. and Baker, R. (2009). Memory and communication training in dementia to improve the transition from home to residential care. In: National Dementia Research Forum. National Dementia Research Forum, Sydney, Australia, (e3-e3). September 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2009.05.260

  • Angwin, A., Baker, R., Byrne, G., Chenery, H. J., Copland, D., Gallois, C., Hegney, D., Hucker, K., Humphreys, M. S., Mitchell, L., Pachana, N. and Smith, E. (2009). The RECAPS program: Relieving the burden of care in dementia. In: Proceedings. First Joint Conference of the APS Psychology & Ageing Interest Group (PAIG) and the Royal Australia/New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA). First Joint Conference of the APS Psychology & Ageing Interest Group (PAIG) and the Royal Australia/New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA), Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, (). 12-14 November 2009.

  • Humphreys, Michael S., Cornwell, T. Bettina, Weeks, Clinton S. and McAlister, Anna R. (2007). An examination of recall measures of sponsorship awareness. In: G. J. Fitzsimons, 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Consumer Research, Orlando, FL, U.S.A., (383-383). 28 September - 1 October 2006.

  • Collerson, M. E., Pachana, N. and Humphreys, M. S. (2007). An update on menopause for the practitioner: The effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on psychosocial and memory variables. In: Suzanne McLaren, Australian Journal of Psychology. 2nd APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, Geelong, Australia, (368-368). 13 November, 2007. doi:10.1080/00049530701658683

  • Collerson, M. Elizabeth, Pachana, Nancy and Humphreys, Michael S. (2007). Cognitive functioning in the later years: The contribution of Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) and psychosocial variables to episodic memory performance. In: Kate Moore, Proceedings of 42nd Annual Conference 25-29 September 2007, Brisbane, Qld: Psychology making an impact. 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Brisbane, Australia, (88-92). 25-29 September 2007.

  • Loft, S., Bolland, S. and Humphreys, M. (2007). Modeling the human air traffic controller, Part I: Expert-trainee differences in conflict detection. In: International Symposium on Aviation Psychology 2007. 14th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton OH., (). 23 - 26 April 2007.

  • Bolland, S., Fothergill, S., Humphreys, M., Neal, A. and Lindsay, P. (2007). Modelling the human air traffic controller, Part II: Emulating controller intervention. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology 2007. 14th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology (ISAP), Dayton, U.S., (57-62). 23 - 26 April, 2007.

  • Weeks, Clinton S., Cornwell, T. Bettina and Humphreys, Michael S. (2006). Empirical support for an item and relational conceptualization of sponsorship. In: Cornelia Pechmann and Linda L. Price, 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Consumer Research, Antonio, TX, (312-313). 29 Sep-2 Oct 2005.

  • Humpreys, M., Maguire, A. M. and Nelson, D. L. (2006). Inhibition, encoding specificity, and response availability revisited. In: Ottmar V. Lipp and S. Price, Australian Journal of Psychology: The Abstracts of the 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. The 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane, (80-80). 20-23 April, 2006. doi:10.1080/00049530600940016

  • De Zubicaray, Greig I., McMahon, Katie L., Eastburn, Matthew M. and Humphreys, Michael (2006). Support for an auto-associative model of cued recall: Evidence from fMRI. In: 4th International Conference on Memory (ICOM-4). 4th International Conference on Memory (ICOM-4), Sydney, Australia, (). 16-21 July 2006.

  • Green, M. E., Humphreys, M. S. and Pachana, N. A. (2005). Cognitive Functioning in the Later Years: The Effect of Psychosocial and Lifestyle Variables on Postmenopausal Women’s Memory. In: World Ageing & Generations Congress, St Gallen, Switzerland, (). 29 Sep-1 Oct, 2005.

  • Chenery, Helen, Copland, David, Finnigan, Simon, Bretherton, Paul, Harris, Jill, Catts, Stanley and Humphreys, Michael (2005). Electrophysiologic measures of expectancy-based semantic priming in high and low schizotypy. In: Psychophysiology. Abstracts of Papers to be Presented at the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. Society for Psychophysiological Research 45th Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, (S11-S11). 20-25 September 2005. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2005.00325.x

  • Loft, S, Humphreys, M and Neal, A (2004). Credit assignment: The memory representation of dynamic task events. In: International Journal of Psychology. IUPsyS Invited Symposium, 8-13 August 2004, (294-294). Beijing, China.

  • Green, Elizabeth, Humphreys, Michael and Pachana, Nancy A. (2004). Perceived vs. actual memory changes in mid-aged women. In: Australasian Journal on Ageing. 37th National Conference for the Australian Association of Gerontology, Melbourne, Australia, (A11-A12). 17th - 19th November, 2004.

  • Tiller, SJ, Humphreys, MS and Neal, AF (2004). Recognition memory effects in event-based prospective memory. In: Australian Journal of Psychology. 39th Conference of The Australian Psychological Society, Sydney, Australia, (228-229). 29 September - 3 October 2004.

  • de Zubicaray, Greig, Finnigan, Simon, McMahon, Katie, Eastburn, Matthew and Humphreys, Michael (2004). Word frequency and strength effects during episodic memory encoding: An event-related fMRI study. In: NeuroImage. Proceedings of: Tenth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. HBM'04: 10th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Budapest, Hungary, (e607-e607). 13-17 June 2004,. doi:10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70014-8

  • Finnigan, Simon, de Zubicaray, Greig, McMahon, Katie, Eastburn, Matthew and Humphreys, Michael (2003). An event-related fMRI study of the word frequency mirror effect in episodic memory. In: NeuroImage. Proceedings of: 9th International Conference on Functional Mapping of the Human Brain. HBM'03: Ninth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), New York, NY, U.S.A., (e281-e282). 19-22 June 2003. doi:10.1016/S1053-8119(05)70002-1

  • Neal, Andrew F., Humphreys, Michael F., Leadbetter, David and Lindsay, Peter A. (2003). Development of a hazard analysis technique for human computer systems. In: Graham Edkins and Peter Pfister, Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium 2000. Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium 2000, Sydney, Australia, (255-262). 20-24 November 2000.

  • Loft, S. D., Humphreys, M. S. and Neal, A. F. (2003). Prospective memory in air traffic control. In: G Edkins and P. Pfister, Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium 2000. Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium 2000, Sydney, Australia, (287-294). 20-24 November, 2000.

  • Humphreys, Michael S. and Maguire, Angela M. (2003). Recollection and familiarity: Redundancy at the item level. In: Chizuko Izawa and Nobuo Ohta, Human learning and memory: Advances in theory and application. Proceedings of: The 4th Tsukua International Conference on Memory. 4th Tsukuba International Conference on Memory, Tsukuba, Japan, (61-84). 11 - 13 January 2003.

  • Cornwell, B. T. B., Humphreys, M. S., Maguire, A. M. and Tellegan, C. (2003). The role of articulation in sponsorship-linked marketing. In: L. R. Kahle and C-H. Kim, 22nd Annual Advertising & Consumer Psychology Conference. 22nd Annual Advertising & Consumer Psychology Conference, Seoul, Korea, (8-9). 5-7 June, 2003.

  • Maguire, Angela, Humphreys, Michael and Dennis, Simon (2002). Category effects in episodic recognition: Are item noise accounts sufficient?. In: Proceedings of: 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference (AIC). 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A., (). 3-8 February 2002.

  • Leadbetter, D., Hussey, A. P., Lindsay, P. A., Neal, A. F. and Humphreys, M. S. (2001). Towards model based prediction of human error rates in interactive systems. In: P. Calder and M. Rees, Australian Computer Science Communications: Proceedings of the 2nd Australasian User Interface Conference 2001. AUIC 2001, Gold Coast, (42-49). 29 January - 1 February 2001. doi:10.1109/AUIC.2001.906275

  • Finnigan, S., Humphreys, M. S., Dennis, S. and Geffen, G. M. (2000). Event-related potentials, episodic work recognition and memory trace strength manipulations. In: Robert J. Barry, International Journal of Psychophysiology: Abstracts of the 10th World Congress of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology (IOP). World Congress of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology, Sydney, Australia, (13-13). 8th - 13th February, 2000. doi:10.1016/S0167-8760(99)90001-6

  • Chalmers, K. and Humphreys, M. S. (2000). Experimental manipulation of prior experience: Effects on item and associative recognition. In: D. Mahar and G. Teehan, Australian Journal of Psychology. 27th Annual Experimental Psychology Conference, Novotel Twin Waters Resort Queensland, (29). 27th - 30th April. 2000.

Edited Outputs

  • Fatigue and human error in the maritime domain (2003) . Edited by M. R. Grech, T.J. Horberry and M. S. Humphreys. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Fatigue and Transportation: Coping with a 24 hour society, 9-14 March 2003, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Austraia.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision