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Professor Fiona Newell

Professor Fiona Newell

Position & Discipline

Associate Professor, Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology,


Prof. Newell's main research interests are in human sensory and perceptual processes. The main goal of her research is to provide a better understanding of how information is shared across the senses and to elucidate the brain processes involved in the perception of objects, faces and places across the main human sensory systems. More recently, she has developed a research programme under the TRIL project into the effects developmental processes, particularly ageing, on the maintenance of efficient multisensory integration. Her latest research findings offer important insights into the cause of loss of balance in older persons and may suggest important rehabilitative training procedures that may prevent this decline in multisensory processing.

Key Publications

Simoes-Franklin C, Whitaker TA, Newell FN. (2010). Active and passive touch differentially activate somatosensory cortex in texture perception. Hum Brain Mapp. 2010 Jul 28.
Setti,.A., Burke, K., Kenny, RA & Newell, FN (Under review). Multisensory integration and ageing: evidence for impaired perceptual, but not sensory or cognitive, processing in older adults.
Alais, D., Newell, FN & Mammassian, P. (2010). Multisensory processing in review: from physiology to behaviour. Seeing and Perceiving. 23(1):3-38.
Chan JS, Simoes-Franklin C, Garavan H, Newell FN. (2010). Static images of novel, moveable objects learned through touch activate visual area hMT+. Neuroimage. 15;49(2):1708-16.
McHugh JE, McDonnell R, O'Sullivan C, Newell FN. (2010). Perceiving emotion in crowds: the role of dynamic body postures on the perception of emotion in crowded scenes. Exp Brain Res. 204(3):361-72.
Bargary G, Barnett KJ, Mitchell KJ, Newell FN. (2009). Colored-speech synaesthesia is triggered by multisensory, not unisensory, perception. Psychol Sci.;20(5):529-33.

Last updated 14 June 2012

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