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Associate Professor Janice Murray

Janice Murray

Email jmur@psy.otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 8353

Associate Professor Janice Murray investigates the mechanisms that allow for successful face processing, including the role that attention plays. She helps lead a collaborative research programme investigating age-related changes in emotion perception and social understanding (the Otago Lifespan Development Research Group). This programme operates within the Department of Psychology. She additionally leads an Otago-based face perception project in collaboration with Daphne Maurer from McMaster University, Canada.

She has authored over 30 papers, and has given more than 40 research conference and seminar presentations at Otago and abroad. She is a regular reviewer for a number of top international journals and is in her fourth, three-year term as a member of the editorial board of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Janice joined the Department in 1991. She has 23 years of university teaching experience, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Otago and at Canadian universities.

Teaching

  • PSYC 210 Principles of Psychological Research
  • PSYC 313 Cognition & Neuropsychology

Research Interests

  • Face Perception
  • Visual Selective Attention
  • Emotion Processing
  • Effects of aging on socio-cognitive function

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Publications

Madill, M., & Murray, J. E. (2017). Processing distracting non-face emotional images: No evidence of an age-related positivity effect. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 591. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00591

Campbell, A., Murray, J. E., Atkinson, L., & Ruffman, T. (2017). Face age and eye gaze influence older adults' emotion recognition [Brief report]. Journals of Gerontology Series B, 72(4), 633-636. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv114

Ruffman, T., Wilson, M., Henry, J. D., Dawson, A., Chen, Y., Kladnitski, N., Myftari, E., Murray, J., Halberstadt, J., & Hunter, J. A. (2016). Age differences in right-wing authoritarianism and their relation to emotion recognition. Emotion, 16(2), 226-236. doi: 10.1037/emo0000107

Campbell, A., Ruffman, T., Murray, J. E., & Glue, P. (2014). Oxytocin improves emotion recognition for older males. Neurobiology of Aging, 35(10), 2246-2248. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.04.021

Murray, J., Campbell, N., & Tanaka, J. (2013). Holistic and analytic processing of emotional expression in composite faces depends on the combination of expressions. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 101. doi: 10.1167/13.9.101

Chapter in Book - Research

Murray, J. E., Rhodes, G., & Schuchinsky, M. (2003). When is a face not a face? The effects of misorientation on mechanisms of face perception. In M. A. Peterson & G. Rhodes (Eds.), Perception of faces, objects and scenes: Analytic and holistic processes. (pp. 75-91). New York: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Madill, M., & Murray, J. E. (2017). Processing distracting non-face emotional images: No evidence of an age-related positivity effect. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 591. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00591

Ruffman, T., Wilson, M., Henry, J. D., Dawson, A., Chen, Y., Kladnitski, N., Myftari, E., Murray, J., Halberstadt, J., & Hunter, J. A. (2016). Age differences in right-wing authoritarianism and their relation to emotion recognition. Emotion, 16(2), 226-236. doi: 10.1037/emo0000107

Campbell, A., Ruffman, T., Murray, J. E., & Glue, P. (2014). Oxytocin improves emotion recognition for older males. Neurobiology of Aging, 35(10), 2246-2248. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.04.021

Ruffman, T., Murray, J., Halberstadt, J., & Vater, T. (2012). Age-related differences in deception. Psychology & Aging, 27(3), 543-549. doi: 10.1037/a0023380

Murray, J. E., Judge, M., & Chen, Y. (2012). Ignored faces produce figural face aftereffects. PLoS ONE, 7(9), e45928. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0045928

Halberstadt, J., Ruffman, T., Murray, J., Taumoepeau, M., & Ryan, M. (2011). Emotion perception explains age-related differences in the perception of social gaffes. Psychology & Aging, 26(1), 133-136. doi: 10.1037/a0021366

Murray, J. E., Machado, L., & Knight, B. (2011). Race and gender of faces can be ignored. Psychological Research, 75(4), 324-333. doi: 10.1007/s00426-010-0310-7

Ryan, M., Murray, J., & Ruffman, T. (2010). Aging and the perception of emotion: Processing vocal expressions alone and with faces. Experimental Aging Research, 36(1), 1-22. doi: 10.1080/03610730903418372

Ruffman, T., Murray, J., Halberstadt, J., & Taumoepeau, M. (2010). Verbosity and emotion recognition in older adults. Psychology & Aging, 25(2), 492-497. doi: 10.1037/a0018247

Murray, J. E., Halberstadt, J., & Ruffman, T. (2010). The face of aging: Sensitivity to facial feature relations changes with age. Psychology & Aging, 25(4), 846-850. doi: 10.1037/a0019864

Ruffman, T., Halberstadt, J., & Murray, J. (2009). Recognition of facial, auditory, and bodily emotions in older adults. Journals of Gerontology Series B, 64(6), 696-703. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp072

La Rooy, D., Pipe, M.-E., & Murray, J. E. (2007). Enhancing children's event recall after long delays. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21, 1-17.

La Rooy, D., Pipe, M.-E., & Murray, J. E. (2005). Reminiscence and hypermnesia in children's eyewitness memory. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 90, 235-254.

Thierry, K. L., Goh, C. L., Pipe, M.-E., & Murray, J. (2005). Source recall enhances children's discrimination of seen and heard events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 11(1), 33-44.

Murray, J. E. (2004). The ups and downs of face perception: Evidence for holistic encoding of upright and inverted faces. Perception, 33, 387-398.

Sutherland, R., Pipe, M.-E., Schick, K., Murray, J. E., & Gobbo, C. (2003). Knowing in advance: The impact of prior event information on memory and event knowledge. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 84, 244-263.

Murray, J. E., & Jones, C. (2002). Attention to local form information can prevent access to semantic information. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A, 55A(2), 609-625.

Murray, J. E., Yong, E., & Rhodes, G. (2000). Revisiting the perception of upside-down faces. Psychological Science, 11(6), 492-496.

Murray, J. E. (1999). Orientation-specific effects in picture matching and naming. Memory & Cognition, 27(5), 878-889.

Murray, J. E. (1998). Is entry-level recognition viewpoint invariant or viewpoint dependent? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 5(2), 300-304.

Murray, J. E. (1997). Flipping and spinning: spatial transformation procedures in the identification of rotated natural objects. Memory & Cognition, 25(1), 96-105.

Murray, J. E. (1995). Negative priming by rotated objects. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2, 534-537.

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Journal - Research Other

Campbell, A., Murray, J. E., Atkinson, L., & Ruffman, T. (2017). Face age and eye gaze influence older adults' emotion recognition [Brief report]. Journals of Gerontology Series B, 72(4), 633-636. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv114

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Murray, J., Campbell, N., & Tanaka, J. (2013). Holistic and analytic processing of emotional expression in composite faces depends on the combination of expressions. Journal of Vision, 13(9), 101. doi: 10.1167/13.9.101

Campbell, A., Ruffman, T., Murray, J., & Glue, P. (2013). Oxytocin improves emotion recognition for older males. Gerontologist, 53(Suppl. 1), (pp. 464). doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt151

Murray, J. E., McConnell, M., Maurer, D., & Halberstadt, J. (2012). Age-related changes in face processing: General or specific processing deficits? Proceedings of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) 24th Annual Convention. Retrieved from http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2012/

Ruffman, T., Murray, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2011). Age, lies and emotional faces: Emotion recognition mediates age-related differences in lie detection. Plenary meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE). (pp. 21). Retrieved from http://isre2011.com/img/abstract_book.pdf

Murray, J. E., Ruffman, T., Halberstadt, J., & Vater, T. (2011). Age, lies and faces: Emotion recognition mediates age-related differences in lie detection. Proceedings of the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention. APS. Retrieved from http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2011/search/

Murray, J. (2011). Implicit recognition of emotion in the absence of explicit recognition in healthy older adults. Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA). (pp. 78-79). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/ahda2011/

Ruffman, T., Murray, J., Halberstadt, J., & Campbell, A. (2011). Implicit recognition of emotion in the absence of explicit recognition in healthy older adults. Plenary meeting of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE). (pp. 308). Retrieved from http://isre2011.com/

Murray, J., & Gardiner, B. (2010). Age-contingent face aftereffects depend on age of the observer. Journal of Vision. 10(7), (pp. 570). doi: 10.1167/10.7.570

Murray, J., & Judge, M. (2009). Face adaptation with and without attention. Journal of Vision, 9(8). 522. doi: 10.1167/9.8.522

Murray, J., Ruffman, T., & Halberstadt, J. (2008). Age-related changes in face processing. Journal of Vision. 8(6), (pp. 196a). [Abstract]

Murray, J. E., Ryan, M., & Ruffman, T. (2007). Age-related changes in categorical perception of facial expressions. Perception. 36(ECVP Abstract Suppl.). [Abstract]

Murray, J. E., & Yan, C. (2006). Face aftereffects and unattended faces. Journal of Vision. 6(6), (pp. 883a). [Abstract]

Schuchinsky, M., & Murray, J. E. (2005). Perception of local configural changes in own-race and other-race faces. Perception. 34(Suppl.), (pp. 205). [Abstract]

Murray, J. E., & O'Neill, L. (2005). The effects of perceptual load: Evidence for a face-specific attentional mechanism. Perception. 34(Suppl.), (pp. 170). [Abstract]

Schuchinsky, M., & Murray, J. E. (2004). Local configural encoding of own-race and other-race faces. Proceedings of the Object Perception, Attention and Memory 12th Annual Meeting. (pp. 8). Minneapolis, MN, USA: OPAM. [Abstract]

Murray, J. (2004). Processing distractor faces: I know who you are but not what you're feeling. Australian Journal of Psychology, 56(S1), (pp. 128). doi: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2004.tb01897.x

Murray, J. E. (2003). George Bush but not a happy man: Proccessing distractor faces. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. 8, (pp. 84-85). PSP. [Abstract]

Murray, J. E. (2003). George Bush but not a happy man: Processing distractor faces. Abstracts from the Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society 44th Annual Meeting. (pp. 84-85). Canada: Psychonomic Society Publication. [Abstract]

Murray, J. E. (2000). When orientation matters: Selective object processing in a Flankers Task. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. 5, (pp. 73). PSP. [Abstract]

Murray, J. E. (2000). When orientation matters: selective object processing in a flankers task. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society. 5, (pp. 73). [Abstract]

Murray, J. E., & Jones, C. (1999). Elimination of semantic effects when processing local form. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society. 4, (pp. 38). [Abstract]

Murray, J. E., & Krishnan, A. (1998). Effects of selective attention in viewpoint-specific recognition. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society. 3, (pp. 47). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Murray, J. E., Knight, B., & Machado, L. (2006, May). Processing gender and race in distractor faces is load dependent. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science 18th Annual Convention, New York.

Murray, J. E., Wells, L., & Rhodes, G. (2004, August). Faces, races and norms. Poster session presented at the 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.

Sutherland, R., Schick, K., Murray, J., & Gobbo, C. (2001, April). Preparing children for upcoming events: Must we be specific? Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, USA.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ruffman, T., Halberstadt, J., Murray, J., Taumoepeau, M., & Ryan, M. (2009, November). Social understanding in older adults. Verbal presentation at the Psycolloquy Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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