Prof Dexter Irvine – Bionics Institute

Prof Dexter Irvine

Professorial Research Fellow and Senior Research Advisor, Bionics Institute BA Hons (Univ Sydney), PhD (Monash University)

Prof Dexter Irvine

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 Sub-Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences 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 120 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 and midbrain response characteristics and organisation

  • Auditory perceptual learning

  • Response characteristics of auditory nerve fibres

Research projects

  • The plastic effects of long-term partial deafness and chronic cochlear implant use on the response of primary auditory cortex to combined electro-acoustic stimulation

Top five research outputs

Irvine, D. R. F. The Auditory Brainstem. Progress in Sensory Physiology, Vol. 7, Ottoson, D. (Ed.) Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 1986, pp. 279.

Wise, L.Z., and Irvine, D.R.F. Topographic organization of interaural intensity difference sensitivity in deep layers of cat superior colliculus: Implications for auditory spatial representation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 1985, 54: 185‑211. doi: 10.1152/jn.1985.54.2.185

Robertson, D., and Irvine, D.R.F. Plasticity of frequency organization in auditory cortex of guinea pigs with partial unilateral deafness. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 1989, 11: 549‑557. doi: 10.1002/cne.902820311

Heil, P., and Irvine, D.R.F. First-spike timing of auditory-nerve fibres and comparison with auditory cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 1997, 78: 2438-2545. doi: 10.1152/jn.1997.78.5.2438 Full Text

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. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhh056 Full Text

See more publications by Dexter Irvine in PubMed


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