Karin H. James

Karin H. James

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Director of Graduate Studies

**Reviewing graduate applications for Fall, 2024**


  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, 2001-2003
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 2001
  • MA, Psychology, University of Western Ontario, 1998
  • BS, Psychology, University of Toronto, 1996
  • BA, History, University of Toronto, 1991

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • 2007-present: Society for Research in Child Development
  • 2004-present: Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • 2000-present: Vision Sciences Society
  • 1998-2000: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • 1998-1999: Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science

Representative Publications

Full publications list and CV can be found at: https://can.lab.indiana.edu/publications/index.html

 Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Plebanek, D. J., & James, K. H. (2021). The Effects of Frequency, Variability, and Co-occurrence on Category Formation in Neural Systems.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-16.

Plebanek, D. J., & James, K. H. (2021). Category structure guides the formation of neural representations.  Experimental Brain Research239(5), 1667-1684.

Butler, A. J., James, T., Pavisian, B., & James, K. H. (2021). Neural differences in expert guitarists during over-learned non-standard visuomotor mapping of abstract versus concrete information.  Neuroscience Letters750, 135624.

Vinci-Booher, S., James, T. W., & James, K. H. (2021). Visual-motor contingency during symbol production contributes to short-term changes in the functional connectivity during symbol perception and long-term gains in symbol recognition.  NeuroImage227, 117554.

Vinci-Booher, S., & James, K. H. (2020a). Ecological validity of experimental set-up affects parietal involvement during letter production.   Neuroscience letters, 731.

*Vinci-Booher, S., & James, K. H. (2020b). Visual experiences during letter production contribute to the development of the neural systems supporting letter perception.   Developmental Science, 23(5), 1-17.

Vinci-Booher, S., Cheng, H., & James, K.H.  (2019).  An analysis of the brain systems involved with producing letters by hand.    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(1), 138-154.

James, K., & Vinci-Booher, S. (2019). Visual experiences during letter production contribute to the development of the neural systems supporting letter perception.   Journal of Vision,   19(10), 5-5.

Wakefield, E. M., Congdon, E. L., Novack, M. A., Goldin-Meadow, S., & James, K. H. (2019). Learning math by hand: The neural effects of gesture-based instruction in 8-year-old children.   Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics,   81(7), 2343-2353.

Munoz-Rubke, F., Olson, D., Will, R., & James, K. H. (2018). Functional Fixedness in Tool Use: Learning modality, limitations and individual differences. Acta Psychologia, 190, 11–26.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.06.006 

Zemlock, D., Vinci-Booher, S., & James, K.H.  (2018). Visual-motor Symbol Production Facilitates Letter Recognition in Young Children.  Reading and Writing. 31, 1255-1271

Vinci-Booher, S., Sturgeon, J., James, T., & James, K.H.  (2018). The MRItab: An MR-Compatible Touchscreen with Video-Display. Journal of Neuroscience: Methods, 306, 10-18.

Wakefield, E. M., Hall, C., James, K. H., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2018). Gesture for generalization: Gesture facilitates flexible learning of words for actions on objects. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.1265 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/desc.12656  

Munoz-Rubke, F., Kafadar, K., &   James , K.H. (2018). A new statistical model for analyzing rating scale data pertaining to word meaning. Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-017-0864-8

Book Chapters

in press - James, K.H., Wong, C-N, Jobard, G. The case for letter expertise. To appear in: Perceptual Expertise: Bridging Brain and Behavior, Gauthier, I, Bub, D. & Tarr, M.J. (Eds.) Oxford University Press.

2005 - James, T.W., Humphrey, G.K., James, K.H. & Goodale, M.A. (2005) Do visual and tactile object representations share the same neural substrate? M.A. Heller and S. Ballesteros (Eds.), Touch and blindness: psychology and neuroscience. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.