Indiana University Bloomington

Karin Harman James

Karin Harman James

B.A., University of Toronto, 1991
B.S., University of Toronto, 1996
M.A., University of Western Ontario, 1998
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2001
Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, 2002-2004

Email address: khjames(at)

Research Interests

My research is centered upon discovering relationships between human brain functioning and behavior using psychophysical and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods. Specifically, research in my lab investigates how object recognition is affected by active interaction during learning. To this end, I study how adults and children learn to recognize objects with and without active learning and how brain activation changes as a function of various types of training. I am also interested in questions of expertise acquisition and therefore compare neural activation of experts and novices in several domains including perceptual expertise and musical expertise.

Representative Publications

Harman, K.L. and Humphrey, G.K. (1999). Encoding 'regular' and 'random' sequences of views of novel, three-dimensional objects. Perception, 28: 601-615.

Harman, K.L., Humphrey, G.K., and Goodale, M.A. (1999). Active manual control of object views facilitates visual recognition. Current Biology, 9(22): 1315-1318.

James, K.H., Humphrey, G.K., and Goodale, M.A. (2001). Manipulating and recognizing virtual objects: where the action is. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 55(2): 111-120.

James, K.H., Humphrey, G.K., Vilis, T, Baddour, R., Corrie, B., and Goodale, M.A. (2002). Learning three-dimensional object structure: A virtual reality study. Behavioral Research Methods, Instruments and Computers, 34(3): 383-390.

James, K.H., James, T.W., Jobard, G., Wong, C-N., and Gauthier, I. (2005). Letter processing in the visual system: Different activation patterns for single letters and strings. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 5(4): 452-466 .

James, T.W., Humphrey, G.K., James, K.H., and Goodale, M.A. (2005). Do visual and tactile object representations share the same neural substrate? In: Touch and Blindness: Psychology and Neuroscience, Heller, M.A., Ballesteros, S. (eds.), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

James, K.H. and Gauthier, I. (2007). Letter processing automatically recruits a sensory-motor brain network. Neuropsychologia, 44: 2937-2949.

Foss, A., Alschuler, E., and James, K.H. (in press). Neural correlates of the Pythagorean ratio rules. NeuroReport.

Wong, A C-N, Jobard, G., James, T.W., James, K.H., and Gauthier, I. (submitted). Expertise with characters in alphabetic and non-alphabetic writing system engage the same occipito-temporal area.