MAIN PUBLICATIONS, - Jacques Ninio, updated November 2015


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- Main articles in molecular biology, genetics and evolution

- Main articles in cognitive sciences







Ninio, J. (1983) Molecular approaches to evolution. Princeton University Press, Princeton. Also in French (Masson, Paris, 1979) and Japanese (Kinokuniya Press, Tokyo, 1984).


Ninio, J. (1989, 1991, 1996, 2011) L'empreinte des sens. Perception, mémoire, langage.  Odile Jacob, Paris.  Also in Portugese (Instituto Piaget, Lisbon, 1994).


Ninio, J. (1994) Stéréomagie. Seuil, Paris. Estereomagia, Martins Fontes, São Paulo.


Ninio, J. (2001) The science of illusions. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. Also in French (Odile Jacob, Paris. 1998), German (Gustav Kiepenhauer, Leipzig, 1999), Greek (Katoptro, Athens, 2000) and Japanese (Shin-yo-sha, Tokyo, 2004).


Ninio, J. (2011) Au coeur de la mémoire. Odile Jacob, Paris









Ninio, J. (1971) Codon-anticodon recognition : the missing triplet hypothesis. J. Mol. Biol. 56, 63-82.


Ninio, J. (1975) Kinetic amplification of enzyme discrimination. Biochimie 57, 587-595.  Ninio, J. (1986) Fine tuning of ribosomal accuracy. FEBS Lett. 196, 1-4. Ninio, J. (1987) Kinetic devices in protein synthesis, DNA replication and mismatch repair. Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol. 52, 639-646.


Ninio, J. (2006) Multiple stages in codon-anticodon recognition : double-trigger mechanisms and geometric constraints. Biochimie 88, 963-992.





Ninio, J. (1987) Alternative to the steady-state method : Derivation of reaction rates from first passage times and pathway probabilities. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 84, 663-667.





Papanicolaou, C., Lecomte, P. and Ninio, J. (1986) Mnemonic aspects of Escherichia coli DNA Polymerase I. Interaction with one template influences the next interaction with another template. J. Mol. Biol. 189, 435-448.  Lecomte, P.J. and Ninio, J. (1987) Variations with position of replication errors due to exonuclease warm-up. FEBS Lett. 221, 194-198.





Ninio, J. (1991)  Transient mutators: a semiquantitative analysis of the influence of translation and transcription errors  on mutation rates. Genetics 129, 957-962. Ninio, J. (1996) Gene conversion as a focusing mechanism for correlated mutations: a hypothesis. Mol. Gen. Genet. 251, 503-508.


Ninio, J. (2000) Illusory defects and mismatches : Why must DNA repair always be (slightly) error prone ? BioEssays 22, 396-401.


Ninio, J. (2010) Frail hypotheses in evolutionary biology. PLoS Genetics 6, e1001067





Ninio, J. and Orgel, E. (1978) Heteropolynucleotides as templates for non-enzymatic polymerizations. J. Mol. Evol. 12, 91-99. Maurel, M-C. and Ninio, J. (1987) Catalysis by a prebiotic nucleotide analog of histidine. Biochimie 69, 551-553.


Ninio, J. (2007) Errors and alternatives in prebiotic replication and catalysis. Chemistry and Biodiversity 4, 622-632.





Ninio, J. (1986) A ternary cellular complex between B and T lymphocytes and antigen-presenting cells ? Immunology Today 7, 354. Ninio, J. and Amigorena S. (2004) How B cells and dendritic cells may cooperate in antigen purification. J. Theoret. Biol. 231, 309-317.





Ninio, J. (1979) Prediction of pairing schemes in RNA molecules. Loop contributions and energy of wobble and non-wobble pairs. Biochimie 61, 1133-1150.

Dumas, J-P. and Ninio, J. (1982) Efficient algorithms for folding and comparing nucleic acid sequences. Nucleic Acids Res. 10, 197-206.


Mizraji, E. and Ninio, J. (1985) Graphical coding of nucleic acid sequences. Biochimie 67, 445-448.








Ninio, J. (1996) Architecture for a replicative memory. In "Neurobiology : Ionic channels, neurons, and the brain" (V. Torre and F. Conti, eds), Plenum Press, New-York, pp. 309-315.


Brunel, N. and Ninio, J. (1997) Time to detect the difference between two images presented side by side. Cognitive Brain Research 5, 273-282.


Ninio, J. (2004) Testing sequence effects in visual memory: clues for a structural model. Acta Psychologica 116, 263-283.


Ninio, J. (2011) Folded sheet versus transparent sheet models for human symmetry judgements. Symmetry 3, 503-523.






Ninio, J. (1977) The geometry of the correspondence between two retinal projections. Perception 6, 627-643. Ninio, J. (1981) Random-curve stereograms : a flexible tool for the study of binocular vision. Perception 10, 403-410.


Ninio, J. (1985) Orientational versus horizontal disparity in the stereoscopic appreciation of slant. Perception 14, 305-314. Herbomel, P. and Ninio, J. (1993) Processing of linear elements in stereopsis: Effects of positional and orientational distinctiveness. Vision Research 33, 1813-1825. Ninio, J. (2000) Curvature biases in stereoscopic vision: A nasotemporal asymmetry. Perception 29, 1219-1230.


Rychkova, S. and Ninio, J. (2009) Paradoxical fusion of two images and depth perception with a squinting eye. Vision Research 49, 530-535.  Rychkova, S. and Ninio, J. (2011) Alternation frequency thresholds for stereopsis as a technique for exploring stereoscopic difficulties. i-Perception 2, 50-68.





Ninio, J.  (1979) An algorithm that generates a large number of geometrical visual illusions. J. Theoret. Biol. 79, 167-201. Ninio, J. and Pinna, B. (2006) Orthogonal expansion : a neglected factor in tilt illusions. Psychologia 49, 23-27.


Ninio, J. and O’Regan, J.K. (1996) The half-Zöllner illusion. Perception 25, 77-94.


Ninio, J. and Stevens, K.A. (2000) Variations on the Hermann grid: an extinction illusion. Perception 29, 1209-1217. Ninio, J. (2001) Flashing lines. Perception 30, 253-257.

Ninio, J. (2002) Orientation-dependent contrast. Perception 31, 637-640.

Ninio, J. (2014) Geometrical illusions are not always where you think they are: a review of some classical and less classical illusions, and ways to describe them. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, volume 8, article 856, doi:10.3389/fnhum2014.00856




Ninio,  J. (2007) Designing visually rich, nearly random textures. Spatial Vision 20, 561-577.

Ninio, J. (2007) The science and craft of autostereograms. Spatial Vision 21, 185-200.





Ninio, J. (2007) Doubts about quantal analysis. J. Neurophysiol. 98, 1827-1835.