Ori Amir

Ori Amir

email: oamir@usc.edu
phone: (213) 293-8111





Reseach Interests

1. The neural correlates of humor, insight and perceptual pleasure.
2. Conducting fMRI, eye-tracking and behavioral studies to tap into the nature of our internal representation of objects and the mapping between visual representations and language.

Publications

Humor & Perceptual Pleasure:

Amir, O., Biederman, I., Wang, Z., & Xu, X. (2013). Ha Ha! Versus Aha! A Direct Comparison of Humor to Nonhumorous Insight for Determining the Neural Correlates of Mirth. Cerebral Cortex [Link]

Amir, O., Biederman, I., & Hayworth, K. J. (2011). The neural basis for shape preferences. Vision Research, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2011.08.015 [Link]

Object / Face / Voice Recognition:

Xu, X., Biederman, I., Shilowich, B.E., Herald, S.B., Amir, O., & Allen, N.E. (2015). Developmental phonagnosia: Neural correlates and a behavioral marker. Brain & Language, 149, 106-117. [Link]

Amir, O., Biederman, I., Herald, S.B., Shah, M.P., & Mintz, T.H. (2014), Greater Sensitivity to Nonaccidental than Metric Shape Properties in Preschool Children. Vision Research [Link]

Amir, O., Biederman, I., & Hayworth, K.J. (2012). Sensitivity to nonaccidental properties across various shape dimensions. Vision Research. 62 ,35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2012.03.020 [Link]

Yue, X., Biederman, I., Mangini, M. C., von der Malsburg, C., & Amir, O. (2012). Predicting the Psychophysical Similarity of Faces and Non-Face Complex Shapes by Image-Based Measures. Vision Research, 55,41-46. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2011.12.012 [Link]

Presentations

Amir, O., & Biederman, I. (2015). The Neural Genesis of a Joke. Talk presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Humor Studies, Oakland, CA. July. ** Winner of Best Student Presentation Award **

Amir, O., & Biederman, I. (2014). The Neural Genesis of a Joke. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Washington, DC. [Email me for Poster]

Biederman, I., & Amir, O. (2014). The Neural Genesis of a Joke. Talk presented at the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California.

Amir, O., & Biederman, I. (2014). The Claim that Pre-School Children are Insensitive to Nonaccidental vs. Metric Shape Properties Challenged by Biologically-Based Shape Scaling. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL. [Poster]

Herald, S. B., Shah, M. P., Amir, O.,Biederman, I., & Mintz, T. (2014). Greater Sensitivity to Nonaccidental than Metric Shape Properties in Preschool Children. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society (VSS), St. Pete Beach, FL. [Poster]

Biederman, I., Xu, X., Herald, S. B., Shilowich, B. E., Amir, O., & Allen, N. E. (2013) Developmental Phonagnosia implicates a neural correlate for perceiving speaker identity. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, November.

Amir, O., Biederman, I., Xu, X., & Wang, J. (2013). Neural correlates of mirth. Poster Presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society (VSS), Naples, FL. [Poster]

Amir, O., Biederman, I., Xu, X. & Wang, Z. (2012). The Neural Basis for the Pleasure of Humor and Insight. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience, New-Orleans, LA. [Poster]

Amir, O., Biederman, I. & Hayworth, K.J. (2012). The markedly greater sensitivity to nonaccidental vs. metric shape properties is not reflected in HMAX calculation of shape similarity. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. [Poster]

Amir, O., Xu, X., & Biederman, I. (2011). The spontaneous appeal by naive subjects to nonaccidental properties when distinguishing among highly similar members of subspecies of birds closely resembles descriptions produced by experts. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Naples, FL. [poster]

Kim, J.G., Biederman, I. & Amir, O. (2011). Greater sensitivity to categorical than metric differences in relations. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. [poster]

Amir, O., Wu, R., & Biederman, I. (2010). Adult shape preferences are evident in infancy. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Naples, FL. [poster]

Amir, O., Hayworth, K.J., Biederman, I., Lescroart, M., & Kim, J.G. (2009). At what stage in the human ventral pathway is the greater sensitivity to nonaccidental over metric properties first aanifested? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Naples, FL. [poster]

Goldman, J.G., Beattie, R.L., Amir, O., Renken, A.E., & Manis, F. (2010). Teaching a mini course vs. conventional discussion. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science. [poster]

Stimuli

NAP vs. MP (Gabor scaled, 36 Shapes)

NAP vs. MP and View-Change (Gabor scaled, 48 Shapes)

1 part Rendered NAP vs MP from Kayaert et al. (2003)

1 part Silhouetted NAP vs MP from Kayaert et al. (2003)


Contact Information

Department of Psychology
University of Southern California
Image Understanding Lab HBN 316
3641 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
Phone:(213)293-8111
Email: oamir@usc.edu