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Professor Fiona Newell

  • Position: Professor of Psychology
  • Contact details: School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
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  • Telephone: 353-01-896-8402

Research Interests

Our research aim is to elucidate the behavioural and cortical correlates of multisensory perception in humans for the purpose of texture, object, face and scene recognition. This research is mainly conducted with normal adult populations but also involves investigations of multisensory perception in ageing, in persons who are sensory deprived and in synaesthesia. We use standard behavioural methodologies, EEG and fMRI in our studies.

Recent Publications

Barrett, MM, Newell, FN (2015).  Task-specific, age-related effects in the cross-modal identification and localization of objects.  Multisensory Research. In press.

Merriman, NA, C Whyatt, A Setti, C Craig, FN Newell (2015). Successful balance training is associated with improved multisensory function in fall-prone older adults.  Computers in Human Behavior 45, 192-203

Bülthoff I, Newell FN. (2015). Distinctive voices enhance the visual recognition of unfamiliar faces.  Cognition.;137:9-21.

Maguinness C, Newell FN. (2014). Motion facilitates face perception across changes in viewpoint and expression in older adults.  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform.; 40(6):2266-80.

McGovern DP, Roudaia E, Stapleton J, McGinnity TM, Newell FN. (2014). The sound-induced flash illusion reveals dissociable age-related effects in multisensory integration. Front Aging Neurosci.;6:250.

Setti A, Stapleton J, Leahy D, Walsh C, Kenny RA, Newell FN. (2014). Improving the efficiency of multisensory integration in older adults: audio-visual temporal discrimination training reduces susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion. Neuropsychologia.;61:259-68.

Stapleton J, Setti A, Doheny EP, Kenny RA, Newell FN. (2014).  A standing posture is associated with increased susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion in fall-prone older adults.  Experimental Brain Research 232(2):423-34.

Maguinness, C. & Newell, FN. (2014).  Recognising others: adaptive changes to person recognition throughout the lifespan.  In ‘What is adaptive about adaptive memory?’ by Schwartz, B., Bennett, B.L., Howe, M.L., Toglia, M.P. and Otgar, H. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Newell, F.N. (2014). Synaesthesia, meaning, and multi-lingual speakers. In the ‘Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia’, by Julia Simner and Edward Hubbard (Eds.], Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press.

Setti, A., Burke, K. E., Kenny, R., and Newell, F. N. (2013) Susceptibility to a multisensory speech illusion in older persons is driven by perceptual processes, Frontiers in psychology 4, 575.

Pasqualotto, A., Finucane, C. M., and Newell, F. N. (2013) Ambient visual information confers a context-specific, long-term benefit on memory for haptic scenes, Cognition 128, 363-379.

O'Hanlon, E., Newell, F. N., and Mitchell, K. J. (2013) Combined structural and functional imaging reveals cortical deactivations in grapheme-color synaesthesia, Frontiers in psychology 4, 755.

TCIN publications

Research Funding

Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board, European Union, Intel/Industrial Development Authority