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J. Kevin O'Regan
Member of the Perception/action group
Senior Research Scientist
Address : 45, rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris, France
Telephone(s) : +33(0)
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Office : 606-06
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Scientific interests : The origin of phenomenal consciousness ("feel"), sensory substitution, the perceptual structure of color space, pain and illusory pain, the rubber hand illusion and derivatives.

PUBLICATIONS (by category, 1900 - 2017) by date -- 2005-2017

Journal article

Fagard, J., Rat-Fischer, L., Esseily, R., Somogyi, E., & O'Regan, J.K. (2016). What Does It Take for an Infant to Learn How to Use a Tool by Observation? Frontiers in Psychology, 7(491), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00267. pdf

Witzel, C., Van Alphen, C., Godau, C., & O'Regan, J.K. (2016). Uncertainty of sensory signal explains variation of color constancy. Journal of Vision, 16(15), 8. pdf

Degenaar, J., & O'Regan, J.K. (2015). Sensorimotor theory of consciousness. Scholarpedia, .

Esseily, R., Rat-Fischer, L., Somogyi, E., O'Regan, K., & Fagard, J. (2015). Humor (production) may enhance observational learning of a new tool use action in 18-month-old infants. Cognition and Emotion, 30(4), 817-25. pdf

Fagard, J., Florean, C., Petkovic, M., Rat-Fischer, L., Fattori, P., & O'Regan, J.K. (2015). When do infants understand that they can obtain a desired part of a composite object by grasping another part? Infant Behavior and Development, .

Somogyi, E., Ara, C., Gianni, E., Rat-Fischer, L., Fagard, J., & O'Regan, K. (2015). The Roles of Observation and Manipulation in Learning to Use a Tool. Cognitive Development, 35, 186-200. pdf

Witzel, C., Cinotti, F., & O'Regan, J.K. (2015). What determines the relationship between color naming, unique hues, and sensory singularities: Illuminations, surfaces, or photoreceptors? Journal of Vision, 15(8), 1-32. pdf

Fagard, J., Rat-Fischer, L., & O'Regan, J.K. (2014). The emergence of use of a rake-like tool: a longitudinal study in human infants. Frontiers in Psychology, in press, .

O'Regan, J.K., & Degenaar, J. (2014). Predictive processing, perceptual presence, and sensorimotor theory. Cognitive Neuroscience, .

Rat-Fischer, L., O'Regan, J.K., & Fagard, J. (2014). Comparison of active and purely visual performance in a multiple-string means-end task in infants. Cognition, .

Esseily, R., Rat-Fischer, L., O'Regan, J.K., & Fagard, J. (2013). Understanding the experimenter's intention improves 16-month-olds' observational learning in a novel tool use action. Cognitive Development, 28(1), 1-9.

Fagard, J., Rat-Fischer, L., & O'Regan, J.K. (2012). Comment le bébé accède-t-il à la notion d'outil? Enfance, 64(1), 73-84.

O'Regan, J.K. (2012). How to make a robot that is conscious and feels. Minds and Machines, .

O'Regan, J.K., & Block, N. (2012). Discussion of J. Kevin O'Regan's "Why red doesn't sound like a bell: Understanding the feel of consciousness". The Review of Philosophy and Psychology, in press.

Rat-Fischer, L., O'Regan, J.K., & Fagard, J. (2012). Handedness in infants' tool use. Developmental Psychobiology, in press, .

Heed, T., Gründler, M., Rinkleib, J., Rudzik, F.H., Collins, T., Cooke, E., & O'Regan, J.K. (2011). Visual information and rubber hand embodiment differentially affect reach-to-grasp actions. Acta Psychologica, 138(1), 263-271.

Valenzuela-Moguillansky, C., Bouhassira, D., & O'Regan, J.K. (2011). The Role of Body Awareness in Pain: an Investigation Using the Rubber Hand Illusion. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 18(9-10), 110-142.

O'Regan, J.K. (2008). What is up? A reply to Bridgeman et al. Perception, 37, 815.

Pascal, F., & O'Regan, J.K. (2008). Commentary On Mossio and Taraborelli: is the enactive approach really sensorimotor? Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal, 17(4), 1341-1342.

Philipona, D., & O'Regan, J.K. (2008). Reply to Johnson and Wright. Visual Neuroscience, 25(02), 225-226.

Reeve, P., Clark, J.J., & O'Regan, J.K. (2008). Convergent flash localization near saccades without equivalent 'compression' of perceptual separation. Journal of Vision, 8(13:5), 1-19.

Auvray, M., Hanneton, S., & O'Regan, J.K. (2007). Learning to perceive with a visuo-auditory substitution system: Localisation and object recognition with 'The vOICe.'. Perception, 36(3), 416-430.

Auvray, M., Philipona, D., O'Regan, J.K., & Spence, C. (2007). The perception of space and form recognition in a simulated environment: the case of minimalist sensory-substitution devices. Perception, 36(12), 1736-1751.

Myin, E., & O'Regan, J.K. (2007). Phenomenal Consciousness Lite: No Thanks! Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 520-521.

Bompas, A., & O'Regan, J.K. (2006). More evidence for sensorimotor adaptation in color perception. Journal of Vision, 6(2), 145-153. pdf

Bompas, A., & O'Regan, J.K. (2006). Evidence for a role of action in colour perception. Perception, 35(1), 65-78. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., Myin, E., & Noë, A. (2006). Skill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousness. Progress in Brain Research, 150, 55-68.

Philipona, D.L., & O'Regan, J.K. (2006). Color naming, unique hues, and hue cancellation predicted from singularities in reflection properties. Visual Neuroscience, 23(3-4), 331-339.

Vidal, J.R., Chaumon, M., O'Regan, J.K., & Tallon-Baudry, C. (2006). Visual Grouping and the Focusing of Attention Induce Gamma-band Oscillations at Different Frequencies in Human Magnetoencephalogram Signals. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(11), 1850-1862.

Auvray, M., Hanneton, S., Lenay, C., & O'Regan, J.K. (2005). There is something out there: Distal attribution in sensory substitution, twenty years later. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 4(4), 505-521.

O'Regan, J.K., Myin, E., & Noë, A. (2005). Phenomenal consciousness explained (better) in terms of bodiliness and grabbiness. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4(4), 369-387.

Vidal, J.R., Gauchou, H.L., Tallon-Baudry, C., & O'Regan, J.K. (2005). Relational information in visual short-term memory: The structural gist. Journal of Vision, 5(3), 244-256. pdf

Wascher, E., Schneider, W.X., & O'Regan, J.K. (2005). Posterior EEG-asymmetries (N2pc) and awareness. New evidence from an experimental visual extinction paradigm. Journal of Psychophysiology, 19(2), 152-152.

Philipona, D., O'Regan, J.K., & Nadal, J.-P. (2004). Perception of the structure of the physical world using unknown sensors and effectors. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 16, 945-952.

Auvray, M., & O'Regan, J.K. (2003). Influence of semantic factors on blindness to progressive changes in visual scenes / L'influence des facteurs sémantiques sur la cécité aux changements progressifs dans les scènes visuelles. L'année Psychologique, 103(1), 9-32. pdf

Philipona, D., O'Regan, J.K., & Nadal, J.P. (2003). Is There Something Out There? Inferring Space from Sensorimotor Dependencies. Neural Computation, 15(9), 2029-2049.

Myin, E., & O'Regan, J.K. (2002). Perceptual consciousness, access to modality and skill theories: A way to naturalize phenomenology? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9(1), 27-45. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (2001). The 'feel' of seeing: an interview with J. Kevin O'Regan. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5(6), 278-279. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., & Noe, A. (2001). A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(5), 939-1031.

O'Regan, J.K., & Noë, A. (2001). What it is like to see: A sensorimotor theory of visual experience. Synthèse, 129(1), 79-103. pdf

Vitu, F., McConkie, G.W., Kerr, P., & O'Regan, J.K. (2001). Fixation location effects on fixation durations during reading: An inverted optimal viewing position effect. Vision Research, 41(25-26), 3513-3533. pdf

Gautier, V., O'Regan, J.K., & Le Gargasson, J.F. (2000). 'The-skipping' revisited in French: programming saccades to skip the article 'les'. Vision Research, 40(18), 2517-31. pdf

Noe, A., & O'Regan, J.K. (2000). Perception, attention and the grand illusion. Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness, 6(15), No Pagination Specified. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., Deubel, H., Clark, J.J., & Rensink, R.A. (2000). Picture changes during blinks: Looking without seeing and seeing without looking. Visual Cognition, 7(1-3), 191-211. pdf

Rensink, R.A., O'Regan, J.K., & Clark, J.J. (2000). On the failure to detect changes in scenes across brief interruptions. Visual Cognition, 7(1-3), 127-145. pdf

Clark, J.J., & O'Regan, J.K. (1999). Word ambiguity and the optimal viewing position in reading. Vision Research, 39(4), 843-857. pdf

Ninio, J., & O'Regan, J.K. (1999). Characterisation of the misalignment and misangulation components in the Poggendorff and corner-Poggendorff illusions. Perception, 28(8), 949-964. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., Rensink, R.A., & Clark, J.J. (1999). Change-blindness as a result of "mudsplashes.". Nature, 398(6722), 34. pdf

Nazir, T.A., Jacobs, A.M., & O'Regan, J.K. (1998). Letter legibility and visual word recognition. Memory and Cognition, 26(4), 810-821. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (1998). No evidence for neural filling in -Vision as illusion - Pinning down "enaction". Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 21(6), .

Reilly, R.G., & O'Regan, J.K. (1998). Eye movement control during reading: A simulation of some word-targeting strategies. Vision Research, 38(2), 303-317. pdf

Rensink, R.A., O'Regan, J.K., & Clark, J.J. (1997). To see or not to see: The need for attention to perceive changes in scenes. Psychological Science, 8(5), 368-373. pdf

Ninio, J., & O'Regan, J.K. (1996). The half-Zollner Illusion. Perception, 25(1), 77-94. pdf

Vitu, F., O'Regan, J.K., Inhoff, A.W., & Topolski, R. (1995). Mindless reading: Eye-movement characteristics are similar in scanning letter strings and reading texts. Perception & Psychophysics, 57(3), 352-364. pdf

Guez, J.E., Marchal, P., Le Gargasson, J.F., Grall, Y., & O'Regan, J.K. (1994). Eye fixations near corners: evidence for a centre of gravity calculation based on contrast, rather than luminance or curvature. Vision Research, 34(12), 1625-35. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (1994). The world as an outside memory _ no strong internal metric means no problem of visual acuity. Behaviour Brain Sciences, 17, 270-271.

Guez, J.E., le Gargasson, J.F., Rigaudiere, F., & O'Regan, J.K. (1993). Is there a systematic location for the pseudo-fovea in patients with central scotoma? Vision Research, 33(9), 1271-1279. pdf

Inhoff, A.W., Topolski, R., Vitu, F., & O'Regan, J.K. (1993). Attention demands during reading and the occurrence of brief (express) fixations. Perception & Psychophysics, 54(6), 814-823. pdf

Grainger, J., & O'Regan, J.K. (1992). A psychophysical investigation of language priming effects in two English^French bilinguals. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 4(4), 323-339. pdf

Grainger, J., O'Regan, J.K., Jacobs, A.M., & Segui, J. (1992). Neighborhood frequency effects and letter visibility in visual word recognition. Perception & Psychophysics, 51(1), 49-56. pdf

Holmes, V.M., & O'Regan, J.K. (1992). Reading derivationally affixed French words. Language and Cognitive Processes, 7(2), 163-192. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., & Jacobs, A.M. (1992). Optimal viewing position effect in word recognition: A challenge to current theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 18(1), 185-197. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (1992). Solving the "real" mysteries of visual perception: The world as an outside memory. Canadian Journal of Psychology/Revue Canadienne de Psychologie, 46(3), 461-488. pdf

Nazir, T.A., O'Regan, J.K., & Jacobs, A.M. (1991). On words and their letters. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 29(2), 171-174.

Nazir, T.A., & O'Regan, J.K. (1990). Some results on translation invariance in the human visual system. Spatial Vision, 5(2), 81-100.

Vitu, F., O'Regan, J.K., & Mittau, M. (1990). Optimal landing position in reading isolated words and continuous text. Perception & Psychophysics, 47(6), 583-600. pdf

Grainger, J., O'Regan, J.K., Jacobs, A.M., & Segui, J. (1989). On the role of competing word units in visual word recognition: The neighborhood frequency effect. Perception & Psychophysics, 45(3), 189-195. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., & Humbert, R. (1989). Estimating psychometric functions in forced-choice situations: Significant biases found in threshold and slope estimations when small samples are used. Perception & Psychophysics, 46(5), 434-442. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (1988). Toward a new theory of eye guidance in reading / Vers une nouvelle theorie du guidage oculaire dans la lecture. Bulletin de Psychologie, 42(390), 544-548. pdf

Coeffé, C., & O'Regan, J.K. (1987). Reducing the influence of non-target stimuli on saccade accuracy: predictability and latency effects. Vision Research, 27, 227-240.

Jacobs, A.M., & O'Regan, J.K. (1987). Spatial and/or temporal adjustments of scanning behavior to visibility changes. Acta Psychologica, 65(2), 133-146. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., & Lévy-Shoen, A. (1987). Eye-movement stategy and tactics in word recognition and reading. Attention & Performance, 12, 363-383.

Tiberghien, G., & O'Regan, J.K. (1987). Initiation to psychopysics - french -. Année Psychologique, 87(1), 110-111.

Rayner, K., & O'Regan, J.K. (1986). Eye-movements in reading perceptual and language processes. Année Psychologique, 86(1), 129-130.

O'Regan, J.K., Pynte, J., & Coeffe, C. (1985). Comment le regard explore un mot isolé. Bulletin de Psychologie, 39(375), 429-432.

O'Regan, J.K. (1984). Retinal versus extraretinal influences in flash localization during saccadic eye movements in the presence of a visible background. Perception & Psychophysics, 36(1), 1-14.

O'Regan, J.K., Levy-Schoen, A., Pynte, J., & Brugaillère, B. (1984). Convenient fixation location within isolated words of different length and structure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 10(2), 250-257. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., Levy-Schoen, A., Pynte, J., & Brugaillière, B. (1984). Convenient Fixation Location Within Isolated Words of Different Length and Structure: Correction. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 10(3), 393. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., Lévy-Shoen, A., & Renault, C. (1984). Is the underestimation of distances in peripheral-vision a sensory phenomenon, a mnemonic phenomenon,or is st caused by response factors? Behaviour Brain Reseach, 12(2), 217-218.

O'Regan, J.K., & Levy-Schoen, A. (1983). Integrating visual information from successive fixations: Does trans-saccadic fusion exist? Vision Research, 23(8), 765-768.

O'Regan, J.K., Lévy-Shoen, A., & Jacobs, A. (1983). The effect of visibility on eye movement parameters in reading. Perception & Psychophysics, 34, 457-464.

Holmes, V.M., & O'Regan, J.K. (1981). Eye fixation patterns during the reading of relative-clause sentences. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 20(4), 417-430. pdf

Holmes, V. (1981). Effects of syntactic structure on eye fixations during reading. Journal of Verbal Leaning and Verbal behavior(20), 417-430.

Kapoula, Z., O'Regan, K., & Levy-Schoen, A. (1981). Fundamental processes in the reading and comprehension of written language: Study of the regulation of fixation duration in a simplified reading task / Processus fondamentaux en œuvre dans la lecture et la compréhension du langage écrit: Etude de la régulation des durées de fixation dans une tâche de lecture simplifiée. Psychologie Française, 26(2), 102-109. pdf

McClelland, J.L., & O'Regan, J.K. (1981). On visual and contextual factors in reading: A reply to Rayner and Slowiaczek. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 7(3), 652-657. pdf

McClelland, J.L., & O'Regan, J.K. (1981). Expectations increase the benefit derived from parafoveal visual information in reading words aloud. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 7(3), 634-644. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (1980). The control of saccade size and fixation duration in reading: the limits of linguistic control. Perception & Psychophysics, 28, 112-117.

O'Regan, J.K. (1979). Saccade size control in reading: Evidence for the linguistic control hypothesis. Perception & Psychophysics, 25(6), 501-509. pdf

O'Regan, J.K., & Levy-Schoen, A. (1978). Eye movements during reading. L'année Psychologique, 78(2), 459-492. pdf

O'Regan, J.K. (1978). A new horizontal eye movement calibration method: Subject-controlled "smooth pursuit" and "zero drift.". Behavior Research Methods & Instrumentation, 10(3), 393-397. pdf

de Boysson-Bardies, B., & O'Regan, J.K. (1973). What children do in spite of adults' hypotheses. Nature, Vol. 246, 531-534.



O'Regan, J.K. (2011). Why Red Doesn't Sound Like a Bell: Understanding the Feel of Consciousness New York: Oxford University Press.


Book chapter

O'Regan, J.K., Rat-Fischer, L., & Fagard, J. (2011). Mechanisms leading to tool use: A longitudinal study in human infants. In Front. Comput. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2011. Frankfurt, Germany:

Rat-Fischer, L., O'Regan, J.K., & Fagard, J. (2011). Tool-use learning mechanisms at the end of the second year in human infants. In Front. Comput. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2011. Frankfurt, Germany:

O'Regan, J.K. (2010). Explaining what people say about sensory qualia. In N. Gangopadhyay, M. Madary, F. Spicer (Eds) Perception, Action, and Consciousness: Sensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems. Oxford: OUP. pdf

Philipona, D., & O’Regan, J.K. (2010). The Sensorimotor Approach in CoSy: The Example of Dimensionality Reduction. In H. I. Christensen, G. M. Kruijff, & J. L. Wyatt (Eds.) (Eds) Cognitive Systems. (Vol. Cognitive Systems Monographs Vol 8, pp. pp. 95-130). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.

O'Regan, J.K. (2009). Sensorimotor approach to (phenomenal) consciousness. In Baynes, T., Cleeremans, A. & Wilken, P. (Eds) Oxford Companion to Consciousness. (pp. 588-593). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pdf

Myin, E., & O'Regan, J.K. (2008). Situated perception and sensation in vision and other modalities: form an active to a sensorimotor account. In P. Robbins & A. Aydede (Eds.) (Ed) Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition. (pp. 185-200). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

O'Regan, J.K. (2007). How to Build Consciousness into a Robot: The Sensorimotor Approach. In M. Lungarella, F. Iida, J. Bongard & R. Pfeifer (Eds.) (Eds) 50 Years of Artificial Inteligence. (pp. 333-347). Berlin: Springer. pdf

Philipona, D., & O'Regan, J.K. (2005). Perception multimodale de l'espace. In Philosophie de la nature aujourd'hui. Paris: MSH.

Philipona, D., & O'Regan, J.K. (2005). La perception de l'espace, identification d'une faculté sensorimotrice? In C. Thinus-Blanc & J. Bullier (Ed) Agir dans l'espace. (pp. 151-165). Paris: MSH.

O'Regan, J.K., Myin, E., & Noë, A. (2004). Towards an Analytic phenomenology: the concepts of "bodiliness" and "grabbiness". In Carsetti, A. (Eds) Seeing, thinking and knowing: Meaning and self-organisation in visual cognition and thought. Dordrecht: Kluwer. pdf

Noe, A., & O'Regan, J.K. (2002). On the brain-basis of visual consciousness: A sensorimotor account. In Noe, Alva Thompson, Evan (Eds) Vision and mind: Selected readings in the philosophy of perception. (pp. 567-598). Cambridge, MA, US: MIT Press.

O'Regan, J.K., & Noe, A. (2002). The origin of "feel". In Hallam, B.Floreano, J.Hallam, J.Hayes, G.Meyer, J-A. (Eds) From animals to animats 7. (pp. 27-35). Cambridge: MIT Press.

O'Regan, J.K., & Noë, A. (2002). The origin of "feel". In B. Hallam, D. Floreano, J. Hallam, G. Hayes & J-A. Meyer (Eds) From animals to animats 7. (pp. 27-35). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

O'Regan, J.K. (2001). Thoughts on change blindness. In L. R. Harris & M. Jenkin (Eds. (Ed) Vision and Attention. Berlin: Springer.

Deubel, H., O'Regan, J.K., & Radach, R. (2000). Commentary on Section 2. Attention, information processing and eye movement control. In Kennedy, Alan Radach, Ralph Heller, Dieter Pynte, Joel (Eds) Reading as a perceptual process. (pp. 355-374). Amsterdam, Netherlands: North-Holland / Elsevier Science Publishers.

Vitu, F., & O'Regan, J.K. (1995). A challenge to current theories of eye movements in reading. In Findlay, John M. Walker, Robin Kentridge, Robert W. (Eds) Eye movement research: Mechanisms, processes and applications. (pp. 381-392). New York, NY, US: Elsevier Science.

O'Regan, J.K. (1990). Eye movements and reading. In Kowler, E. (Eds) Eye movements and their role in visual and cognitive processes. (Vol. 4, pp. 395-453). Elsevier.

O'Regan, J.K. (1989). Visual acuity, lexical structure, and eye movements in word recognition. In Elsendoorn, Ben A. G. Bouma, Herman (Eds) Working models of human perception. (pp. 261-292). San Diego, CA, US: Academic Press Inc.

O'Regan, J.K., & Levy-Schoen, A. (1987). Eye-movement strategy and tactics in word recognition and reading. In Coltheart, Max (Eds) Attention and performance 12: The psychology of reading. (pp. 363-383). Hillsdale, NJ, England: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.

O'Regan, J.K., & Levy-Schoen, A. (1987). Eye movements: From physiology to cognition. In (pp. 678 p). New York, NY, US: Elsevier Science.