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Emeritus Professor Dexter Irvine

BA Hons (Sydney), PhD (Monash)

Elected: 1996

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: Auditory cortex; Plasticity; Hearing loss; Perceptual learning


Professor Dexter Irvine is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University and has a part-time appointment as a Professorial Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute.  His major interest is in functional organisation and plasticity of the auditory system. Current research topics include:

  • auditory system plasticity
  • the processing of of input from a cochlear implant  in the auditory cortex of profoundly and severely deaf animals


  • Fallon J. B., Shepherd, R. K., and  Irvine, D. R. F., Effects of chronic cochlear electrical stimulation after an extended period of profound deafness on primary auditory cortex organization in cats. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2014, 39: 811–820,.
  • Peterson, A. J., Irvine, D. R. F. and Heil, P.  A model of synaptic-vesicle-pool depletion and replenishment can account for the inter-spike-interval distributions and non-renewal properties of spontaneous spike trains of auditory-nerve fibers. Journal of Neuroscience, 2014, 34: 15097-15109.
  • Fallon, J. B., Irvine, D. R. F., and Shepherd, R. K.  Cochlear implant use following neonatal deafness influences the cochleotopic organization of the primary auditory cortex in cats. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2009, 512: 101-114.
  • Heil, P., Neubauer, H., and Irvine, D. R. F. An improved model for the rate – level functions of auditory-nerve fibers. Journal of Neuroscience, 2011, 31:15424-15437.
  • Kamke, M. R, Brown, M., and Irvine, D.R.F. Basal forebrain cholinergic input is not essential  for  lesion-induced plasticity in mature auditory cortex. Neuron, 2005, 48: 675-686.
  • Brown, M., Irvine, D. R. F., and Park, V. N Perceptual learning on an auditory frequency discrimination task by cats: association with changes in primary auditory cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 2004, 14: 952-965.
  • Irvine, D. R. F.  Plasticity in the auditory pathway. In Palmer, A. and Rees, A. (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science: The Auditory Brain. Oxford University Press. 2010, pp. 387 – 415 tyle type=”text/css”>


Email: dexter.irvine [at] monash.edu

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