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Professor Michael Humphreys

BA (Reed College), PhD (Stanford)

Elected: 1991

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: human memory, cognition, human factors, human error, human performance


Professor Michael Humphreys was formerly Director of the Australian Research Council's Key Centre on Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology and Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He specialises in human cognition especially human memory. His interests include the identification of causes of human error in complex tasks such as air traffic control, the role of plans and/or intentions in maintaining task behaviour, and the cause of memory errors. He has also published on short term memory, the differences between episodic and semantic memory, individual differences in memory, the effect of arousal on human performance and on learning disabilities.


  • Dennis, S. and Humphreys, M. S. (2001) A context noise model of episodic recognition memory, Psychological Review, 108, 452-478.
  • Humphreys, M. S., Dennis, S., Chalmers, K. A., and Finnigan, S. (2000) Dual processes in recognition: does a focus on measurement operations provide a sufficient foundation, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 7, 593-603.
  • Humphreys, Tehan, G., O'Shea. A., and Boland, S. W. (2000) Target similarity effects: Support for the parallel distributed processing assumptions, Memory & Cognition, 28, 798-811.
  • Tehan, G. & Humphreys, M. S. (1998) Creating proactive interference in immediate recall: building a dog from a dart, a mop, and a fig, Memory & Cognition, 26, 477-489.
  • Humphreys, M. S., Wiles, J., and Dennis, S (1994) Towards a theory of human memory: Data structures and access processes, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 17, 667-692.


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