Heather Jordan


Department of Psychology
528 Atkinson Building                          
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3




Date of Birth: On request                                  HJordan@Yorku.ca


UK Citizen, US Permanent Resident, Canadian Temporary Resident.                                               

Summary of Employment

July 2006-Present


December 2002 - December 2004

Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto Canada

Sessional Assistant Professor

The Salk Institute
, La Jolla, CA. USA

NIMH  Postdoctoral Research Associate

September 2001 – July 2002

Magdalen College, Oxford, UK.

College Lecturer and Senior Subject Tutor in Experimental Psychology. Responsible for admissions, academic and pastoral welfare of undergraduate and graduate students studying psychology and/or neuroscience at Magdalen. Co-ordination and supervision of retained lecturers in psychology. Teaching courses at undergraduate level.

September 2000 – December 2001

Psychology Department, Oxford University, Oxford UK.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant principally examining, in collaboration with Dr. Anna Nobre, the temporal dynamics and representations mediating object-based attentional effects, cross-modal spatial integration (Nobre & Spence) examining early/late attentional selection in apparent motion displays (Nobre) using ERP techniques. Supervising BSc and MSc laboratory projects. Programming of experiments, equipment maintenance and data analysis

August 2000 – August 1999

Psychology Department, University of Delaware, Newark DE USA

Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Drs. James E. Hoffman and Barbara Landau examining deficits in spatial cognition of children with Williams Syndrome and conducting ERP studies on visual attention. I carried out several studies examining children’s ability to extract and remember information about the location of objects and their ability to group object information across space

August 1999 – August 1998

Psychology Department, Princeton University,Princeton NJ USA.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant working with Professor Anne Treisman on several projects examining identification and localization of objects in visual search displays under various temporal and spatial conditions.

September 1995 – August 1998

School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor, UK.

Research Assistant working with Professor Steven P. Tipper on a BBSRC-funded grant: “An investigation of Location- and Object-based Inhibitory Mechanisms of Attention.”

September 1994 – September 1995

School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor, UK.

Graduate Teaching Assistant





Teaching Experience

Introduction to Psychology

Fall 1994, Fall 2006, Winter 2008

Introduction to Research Methods

Fall 1994, Fall 2001, Fall 2006, Winter 2007, Summer 2007, Fall 2007 Winter 2008

Biological Basis of Behavior/ Biological Psychology

Spring 2001, Fall 2006

Cognitive Psychology

Winter 2005 Fall 2007

Intermediate Research Methods

Winter 2007 Summer 2007 Fall 2007 Winter 2008

Seminar in Sensation and Perception

Winter 2007

Introduction to Statistics

Fall-Winter 2001 - 2002






University of Wales, Bangor.


Research Supervisor:    Professor Steven P. Tipper

Research Dissertation: Object- and Space-based Forms of Representation in Inhibition of Return.


University of Manchester

MSc Cognitive Science

Cross-disciplinary taught course administered by the Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistic and Philosophy departments including courses in neural networks, machine vision, artificial intelligence and formal grammar.

Research Supervisor: Professor J.J. Kulikowski (UMIST)

Research Dissertation: The Effect of Changes in Illuminance on the location of Categorical Boundaries and Typical Colours at Threshold and Supra-Threshold Intensity Levels.


University of Ulster.

B.Sc. (Hons) Social Psychology and Sociology

First Class.

Professional Activities

Member of Professional Societies: Cognitive Neuroscience Society; Vision Sciences Society; Society for Neurosciences, Psychonomics Society (associate); Experimental Psychology Society (UK) pending.

Ad hoc reviewer: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance; Perception and Psychophysics; Psychonomic Bulletin and Review; Acta Psychologia.

Fellow at McDonnell-Pew Autumn School for Cognitive Neuroscience (Fall 2001), Cognitive Neuroscience Summer Institute (Summer 2000) at Dartmouth College and Graduate Student Fellow at the McDonnell-Pew Autumn School for Cognitive Neuroscience (Fall 1997)

Member of the Admissions and recruitment Board (2006- Present), Falculty of Health, York University

Member of Tutorial Board (2001 – 2002) Magdalen College Oxford.

Member of the Academic Advisory Committee, MIT Press  (2000 - 2003)

Supervise undergraduate and graduate students conducting honours and masters thesis projects and work closely with other postdoctoral students in designing and conducting research projects.



Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Jordan, H.,  Fallah, M. & Stoner, G. (2006). Gender-specific adaptation of biological motion. Nature Neuroscience, 9, 738-9.

Jordan, H. & Fallah, M. (in prep). Spatial and non-spatial disambiguating features on object and spatial attention.

Jordan, H. & Tipper, S.P.(under revision). Cortical asymmetries in object- but not location-based inhibition of return. Perception and Psychophysics.

Jordan, H., Reiss, J., Hoffman, J.E. & Landau, B. (2002). Intact perception of Biological Motion in the face of Profound Deficits in Spatial Cognition: Williams Syndrome. Psychological Science, 13, 162-167.

Jordan, H. & Tipper, S.P. (1999). Spread of inhibition across an object's surface. British Journal of Psychology, 90, 495-507.

Tipper, S. P., Jordan, H., & Weaver, B. (1999). Scene-based and object-centered inhibition of return: Evidence for dual orienting mechanisms. Perception and Psychophysics, 61, 50-60.

Jordan, H., & Tipper, S. P. (1998). Object-based inhibition of return in static displays. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 5, 504-509.

Jordan, H., & Kulikowski, J. J. (1995). Wavelength discrimination at detection thresholds reveals human colour opponent mechanisms. Journal of Physiology. 485, 20.


Book Chapters

Grison, S., Kessler, K., Paul, M., Jordan, H., & Tipper, S.P. (2004). Object- and location-based inhibition in goal-directed action: Inhibition of return reveals behavioural and anatomical dissociations and interactions with memory processes.  In G.W.Humphreys & J. Riddoch (Eds). Attention in action: Advances from Cognitive Neuroscience.  Psychology Press: Hove.

Jordan, H., & Kulikowski, J. J. (1997). Are colour categorical borders stable under various illuminants? In C. Dickinson, I. Murray, & D. Carden (Eds.), John Dalton's Colour Vision Legacy, (pp.421-430). London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Kulikowski, J. J., Routledge, L., Jordan, H., & Laycock, P. (1997). Average colour constancy and categorical hues. In C. Dickinson, I. Murray, & D. Carden (Eds.), John Dalton's Colour Vision Legacy, (pp.521-532). London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.



Selected Presentations

Jordan, H. (2005, November) What human motion tells us about the brain. Invited presentation at Department of Kinesiology, York University, Toronto Cda.

Jordan, H. & Fallah, M. (2004, November) The Effect of Disambiguating Objects on Spatial and Object-based Attention. Oral Presentation at OPAM 2004. Minneapolis, MN.

Jordan, H. & Stoner, G.R. (2004, October) Adaptation to gender defined by biological motion. Oral Presentation at Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA

Jordan, H. & Stoner, G. R. (2004, April). Gender-specific Adaptation of Biological Motion. Poster presented at Vision Sciences Society. Sarasota, FL.

Jordan, H. (2002, May). Visuo-spatial Strengths and Weaknesses in Williams Syndrome. Invited presentation Department of Psychology, University of Reading. UK.

Jordan, H. (2002, March). Perceptual Grouping of Biological Motion and Individuation (Multiple Object Tracking) in Individuals with Williams Syndrome. Invited oral presentation at the Annual Forum for William’s Syndrome Research in the U.K. London.

Jordan, H. (2001, March). ERP evidence for object-baased IOR in Static Displays. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Jordan, H. (2000, June). The Mystery of the (Missing) Visuospatial Deficit in Williams Syndrome. Annual Cognitive Science Meeting, University of Delaware.

Jordan, H., Reiss, J., Hoffman, J.E. & Landau, B. (2000, April). Intact perception of Biological Motion in the face of Profound Deficits in Spatial Cognition: Williams Syndrome. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Jordan, H. & Tipper, S.P. (1999,April) Cortical asymmetries are observed in Object- but not Location-based Inhibition of Return. Poster presented at annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Washington, D.C..

Jordan, H. (1999, January). Object- and Location-based Inhibition of Return. Invited presentation at the Department of Cognitive Science, Carniege Mellon University, Pittsburg PA.

Jordan, H. & Tipper, S.P. (1998, November) Location- and Object-based Forms of Reference in Inhibition of Return. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Dallas.

Jordan, H. & Tipper, S.P. (1998, January). Object- and Location-based frames of reference in Inhibition of Return. Paper presented at a meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society, London.

Jordan, H. & Tipper. S.P. (1997, November). Object- and location-based frames of reference in visual attention. Paper presented at OPRAM, (Object Perception, Recognition and Memory) Philadelphia, PA.

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