Dexter R.F. Irvine
BA Hons (Univ Sydney), PhD (Monash University)
Professorial Research Fellow and Senior Research Advisor, Bionics Institute
Professor Dexter Irvine’s original training was in experimental psychology, but as a graduate student he moved into the field of auditory neuroscience. After post-doctoral training at the University of Western Australia and the University of California at Irvine, he joined what is now the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University. His research has been focused on neural mechanisms of hearing and sound localization at various levels of the auditory pathway and on auditory system plasticity. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Monash University and has a part-time appointment at the Bionics Institute.
Professor Irvine has published a monograph on auditory brainstem processing, a co-edited book on auditory spectral processing, and approximately 110 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has received continuous funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council since 1986, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Research fields of interest
- Auditory system plasticity
- Effects of long-term deafness and chronic cochlear electrical stimulation on auditory cortical response characteristics and organisation
- Auditory perceptual learning
- Response characteristics of auditory nerve fibres
- Heil, P., Neubauer, H., and Irvine, D. R. F. 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, In press.
- Rajan, R. and Irvine, D.R.F. Severe and extensive neonatal hearing loss results in auditory cortex plasticity that differentiates into two regions. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2010, 31: 1999-2013.
- 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.
- 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.
- Irvine, D. R. F., Brown, M., Kamke, M. K., and Rubel, E. Effects of basilar papillar lesions and subsequent hair cell regeneration on the frequency organization of the field L complex in starlings. Journal of Neuroscience, 2009, 29: 6871-6882.
- Fallon J. B., Irvine, D. R. F., Brown, M. and Shepherd, R. K. effects of neonatal partial deafness and chronic intracochlear electrical stimulation on auditory and electrical response characteristics in primary auditory cortex. Hearing Research, 2009, 257:93-105.
- Fallon, J. B., Irvine, D. R. F., and Shepherd, R. K. Cochlear implants and brain plasticity. Hearing Research, 2008, 238: 110–117.
- Heil, P., Neubauer, H., Irvine, D. R. F, Brown, M. Spontaneous activity of auditory-nerve fibers: insights into stochastic processes at ribbon synapses. Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 27: 8457-8474.
- Irvine, D. R. F. and Wright, B. Plasticity of spectral processing mechanisms. In Malmierca, M and Irvine, D. R. F. (Eds) Auditory Spectral Processing. NY: Elsevier, 2005, p. 435-472.
- 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.