Professor Fiona Newell

Professor Fiona Newell

Professor of Experimental Psychology, Psychology

Professor of Experimental Psychology



My main research objective is to elucidate the cortical and behavioural processes involved in high-level human perception across the main sensory systems. This interest is motivated by the fact that perception is not a fixed concept since it is significantly modulated by information from other senses and other contextual factors such as past experience, internal predictions, on-going motor behaviour and the working range of the sensory system. Furthermore, Perception is the basis of Cognition, and an understanding of the mechanisms behind how we perceive provides a better route to understanding other high-level human functions. To date, my team and I have begun to shed light on some of the behavioural principles of how the senses interact with one another to form a unified perception of our world. The current challenge is to provide a better understanding of the cortical and genetic mechanisms behind these principles. To this end my team are conducting a series of studies investigating cortical correlates of multisensory perception using neuroimaging (i.e. fMRI and EEG) technology and, in collaboration with colleagues the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at TCD we are investating behavioural and neural correlates of synaesthesia. Lately, I have begun to develop my research towards a better understanding of multisensory processing in the normal, damaged and ageing brain through collaborations with colleagues in the School of Medicine, TCD. Finally, in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, we are currently investigating how virtual displays of crowd scenes can be improved by multisensory stimulation.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Roudaia, E., Hoyet, L., McGovern, D., O'Sullivan, C., Newell, F.N. , Effects of ageing and sound on perceived timing of human interactions, Proceedings - SAP 2013: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, SAP 2013: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, 2013, pp123Conference Paper, 2013, DOI
  • McGovern DP, Roudaia E, Stapleton J, McGinnity TM, Newell FN, The sound-induced flash illusion reveals dissociable age-related effects in multisensory integration., Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 6, 2014, p250Journal Article, 2014, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Barrett, M.M., Newell, F.N., Task-specific, age related effects in the cross-modal identification and localisation of objects, Multisensory Research, 28, (1-2), 2015, p111-151Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Maguinness, C., Newell, F.N., Non-rigid, but not rigid, motion interferes with the processing of structural face information in developmental prosopagnosia, Neuropsychologia, 70, 2015, p281-295Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Merriman, N.A., Whyatt, C., Setti, A., Craig, C., Newell, F.N., Successful balance training is associated with improved multisensory function in fall-prone older adults, Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 2015, p192-203Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Whyatt C, Merriman NA, Young WR, Newell FN, Craig C., A Wii Bit of Fun: A Novel Platform to Deliver Effective Balance Training to Older Adults., Games for Health Journal, 4, (6), 2015, p423 - 433Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Newell FN, Mitchell KJ., Multisensory integration and cross-modal learning in synaesthesia: A unifying model., Neuropsychologia, 88, 2016, p140 - 150Journal Article, 2016, DOI
  • H Kiiski, L Hoyet, AT Woods, C O'Sullivan, FN Newell, Strutting Hero, Sneaking Villain: Utilizing Body Motion Cues to Predict the Intentions of Others, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 13, (1), 2015, p1 - 21Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Recognizing others: Adaptive changes to person recognition throughout the lifespan in, editor(s)Bennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia, Henry Otgaar , What is adaptive about adaptive memory?, UK, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp231 - 257, [Maguinness C, Newell FN]Book Chapter, 2013, URL
  • Merriman, Niamh A; Ondrej, Jan; Roudaia, Eugenie; O'Sullivan, Carol; Newell, Fiona N; , Familiar environments enhance object and spatial memory in both younger and older adults, Experimental Brain Research, 234, (6), 2016, p1555-1574Journal Article, 2016, DOI
  • McGovern, DP; Astle, AT; Clavin, SL; Newell, FN, Task-specific transfer of perceptual learning across sensory modalities., Current Biology, 26, (1), 2016, p20 - 21Journal Article, 2016, DOI
  • McGovern DP, Roudaia E, Newell FN, Roach NW, Perceptual learning shapes multisensory causal inference via two distinct mechanisms, Scientific Reports, 6, (24673), 2016, p1 - 11Journal Article, 2016, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Kiiski HS, Cullen B, Clavin SL, Newell FN, Perceptual and social attributes underlining age-related preferences for faces, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2016Journal Article, 2016, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • McGovern DP, Walsh K, Bell J, Newell FN, Individual differences in context-dependent effects reveal common mechanisms underlying the direction aftereffect and direction repulsion, Vision Research, 141, 2017, p109 - 116Journal Article, 2017, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Bulthoff I., Newell F.N., Distinctive voices enhance the visual recognition of unfamiliar faces , Cognition , 137 , ( ), 2015, p9 - 21Journal Article, 2015, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Niamh A. Merriman, Jan Ondrej, Alicia Rybicki, Eugenie Roudaia, Carol O'Sullivan and Fiona N. Newell, Crowded environments reduce spatial memory in older but not younger adults, Psychological Research, 82, 2018, p407 - 428Journal Article, 2018, DOI
  • Bülthoff I, Newell F.N, Crossmodal priming of unfamiliar faces supports early interactions between voices and faces in person perception, Visual Cognition , 2017, p1-19Journal Article, 2017, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • O'Callaghan, G., O'Dowd, A., Stapleton, J., Merriman,NA., Roudaia, E. & Newell, FN., Changes in Regional Brain Grey-Matter Volume Following Successful Completion of a Sensori-Motor Intervention Targeted at Healthy and Fall-Prone Older Adults, Multisensory Research, 31, (1), 2018, p317 - 344Journal Article, 2018, DOI
  • Roudaia, E., Calabro, FJ., Vaina, LM., Newell, FN., Aging impairs audiovisual facilitation of object motion within self-motion, Multisensory Research, 31, (1), 2018, p251 - 272Journal Article, 2018, DOI
  • Special Issue of Multisensory Research: Synaesthesia and Crossmodal Perception, 30, 3-5, (2017), 195 - 460p, Newell, FN., Amedi, A., & Mitchell, KJ., [eds.]Journal, 2017, DOI
  • Newell, FN., Introduction to the Special Issue on Synaesthesia and Crossmodal Perception, Multisensory Reserch, 30, (3), 2017, p195 - 197Journal Article, 2017, DOI
  • Francesca Sorgini, Luca Massari, Jessica D'Abbraccio, Eduardo Palermo, Arianna Menciassi, Petar Petrovic, Alberto Mazzoni, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Fiona N. Newell, Calogero M. Oddo, Neuromorphic vibrotactile stimulation of fingertips for encoding object stiffness in telepresence sensory substitution and augmentation applications, Sensors, 18, (261), 2018, p1 - 18Journal Article, 2018, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Merriman, N.A. and Roudaia, E. and Romagnoli, M. and Orvieto, I. and Newell, F.N., Acceptability of a custom-designed game, CityQuest, aimed at improving balance confidence and spatial cognition in fall-prone and healthy older adults, Behaviour and Information Technology, 37, (6), 2018, p538-557Journal Article, 2018, DOI , URL
  • O'Callaghan G, O'Dowd A, Simões-Franklin C, Stapleton J, Newell FN., Tactile-to-Visual Cross-Modal Transfer of Texture Categorisation Following Training: An fMRI Study., Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 2018, p12 - 24Journal Article, 2018, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Ho, P.K. and Woods, A. and Newell, F.N., Temporal shifts in eye gaze and facial expressions independently contribute to the perceived attractiveness of unfamiliar faces, Visual Cognition, 26, (10), 2018, p831-852Journal Article, 2018, DOI , URL
  • O'Dowd, Alan, Cooney, Sarah M., McGovern, David P., Newell, Fiona N., Do synaesthesia and mental imagery tap into similar cross-modal processes?, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 374, (1787), 2019, p20180359Journal Article, 2019, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Belinda Hernández, Annalisa Setti, Rose Anne Kenny, and Fiona N. Newell, Inefficient audio-visual integration is associated with ageing, cognitive status and sex, 2019Journal Article, 2019, DOI
  • Hirst, Rebecca J., Setti, Annalisa, Kenny, Rose A., Newell, Fiona N., Age-related sensory decline mediates the Sound-Induced Flash Illusion: Evidence for reliability weighting models of multisensory perception, Scientific Reports, 9, (1), 2019Journal Article, 2019, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Ho, PK; Newell, FN, Turning Heads: The Effects of Face View and Eye Gaze Direction on the Perceived Attractiveness of Expressive Faces, Perception, 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • O"Dowd, A., Newell, F.N., The rubber hand illusion is influenced by self-recognition, Neuroscience Letters, 720, 2020, p134756Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • O'Dowd, A; Sorgini, F; Newell, F.N., Seeing an image of the hand affects performance on a crossmodal congruency task for sequences of events, Consciousness and Cognition, 2020Journal Article, 2020
  • Joyce O, Hopkins D, McCollum A, Newell F, Wilson F, Kelly A, Sports concussion and brain health. The need for objective tests of pathological brain indices, Journal of Neurotrauma, 37th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, Pittsburgh, USA, June 29- July 3rd , 36, (13), Mary Ann Liebert Inc, 2019, ppAO3-08Poster, 2019, DOI
  • Belinda Hernández, Annalisa Setti, Rose Anne Kenny, Fiona N Newell, Individual differences in ageing, cognitive status, and sex on susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion: A large-scale study., American Psychological Association, 34, (7), 2019, p978Journal Article, 2019
  • Newell, F.N., Findlay, J.M., Viewpoint Invariance in Object Recognition., Irish Journal of Psychology, 13, (4), 1992, p494 - 507Journal Article, 1992
  • Newell, F.N., Brown, V., Findlay, J.M. , Is object search mediated by object-based or image-based representations?, Spatial Vision, 17, (4-5), 2004, p511 - 542Journal Article, 2004, DOI
  • Bülthoff, I., Newell, FN. , Categorical perception of sex occurs in familiar but not unfamiliar faces, Visual Cognition., 11, (7), 2004, p823 - 855Journal Article, 2004, DOI
  • Woods, A.T., O'Modhrain, S., Newell, F.N. , The effect of temporal delay and spatial differences between objects on crossmodal recognition., Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience, 4, (2), 2004, p260 - 269Journal Article, 2004, URL
  • Woods, A.T., Newell, F.N., Visual, haptic and cross-modal recognition of objects and scenes., Journal of Physiology (Paris)., 98, 2004, p147 - 159Journal Article, 2004, DOI
  • Newell, F.N., Sheppard, D.M., Edelman, S., Shapiro, K.L., The interaction of shape- and location-based priming in object categorisation: evidence for a hybrid "what+where" representation stage., Vision Research, 45, (16), 2005, p2065 - 2080Journal Article, 2005, DOI
  • Newell, F.N., Woods, A.T., Mernagh, M., Bülthoff, H.H., Visual, haptic and cross modal recognition of scenes., Experimental Brain Research., 161, (2), 2005, p233 - 242Journal Article, 2005, DOI
  • Casey, S., Newell, F.N. , The role of short and long term familiarity on visual and haptic face recognition., Experimental Brain Research., 166, (3-4), 2005, p583 - 591Journal Article, 2005, DOI
  • Pasqualotto, A., Finucane, C., Newell, F.N., Visual and haptic scenes are updated with observer motion., Experimental Brain Research., 166, (3-4), 2005, p481 - 488Journal Article, 2005, DOI
  • Cross modal object recognition. in, editor(s)Calvert, G., Spence, C., Stein, B. , The Handbook of Multisensory Processes, MA, USA, MIT Press, 2004, pp123 - 140, [Newell, F.N.]Book Chapter, 2004
  • Cross modal scene and object perception. in, editor(s)Heller, M., Ballesteros, S. , Touch, Blindness and Neuroscience., Madrid, Spain, UNED, 2004, pp261 - 270, [Newell, F.N.]Book Chapter, 2004
  • Hirst RJ, Setti A, De Looze C, Akuffo KO, Peto T, Kenny RA, Newell FN., The effect of eye disease, cataract surgery and hearing aid use on multisensory integration in ageing., Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 133, 2020, p161-176Journal Article, 2020, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • O'Dowd, A. and Cooney, S.M. and Sorgini, F. and O' Rourke, E. and Reilly, R.B. and Newell, F.N. and Hirst, R.J., The development of visuotactile congruency effects for sequences of events, Journal of experimental child psychology, 207, 2021, p105094Journal Article, 2021, DOI , URL
  • Hirst, R.J. and Whelan, R. and Boyle, R. and Setti, A. and Knight, S. and O'Connor, J. and Williamson, W. and McMorrow, J. and Fagan, A.J. and Meaney, J.F. and Kenny, R.A. and De Looze, C. and Newell, F.N., Gray matter volume in the right angular gyrus is associated with differential patterns of multisensory integration with aging, Neurobiology of Aging, 100, 2021, p83-90Journal Article, 2021, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Hirst, R.J. and Cassarino, M. and Kenny, R.A. and Newell, F.N. and Setti, A., Urban and rural environments differentially shape multisensory perception in ageing, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Hirst, R.J. and McGovern, D.P. and Setti, A. and Shams, L. and Newell, F.N., What you see is what you hear: Twenty years of research using the Sound-Induced Flash Illusion, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 118, 2020, p759-774Journal Article, 2020, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Ho, P.K. and Newell, F.N., Changes in perceptual category affects serial dependence in judgements of attractiveness, Visual Cognition, 28, (10), 2020, p557-580Journal Article, 2020, DOI , URL
  • Stoycheva, P.L. and KauramÀki, J. and Newell, F.N. and Tiippana, K., Laterality effects in the haptic discrimination of verbal and non-verbal shapes, Laterality, 25, (6), 2020, p654-674Journal Article, 2020, DOI , URL
  • Nuala Brady, Kate Darmody, Fiona Newell, Sarah Maeve Cooney, Holistic processing of words and faces in dyslexia, PLoS One, 16, (12), 2021, pe0259986Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Cooney S.M., Holmes C.A., Newell F.N., Children's spatial"numerical associations on horizontal, vertical, and sagittal axes, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 209, 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Merriman, N.A. and Roudaia, E. and OndÅ ej, J. and Romagnoli, M. and Orvieto, I. and O†Sullivan, C. and Newell, F.N., †CityQuest,†A Custom-Designed Serious Game, Enhances Spatial Memory Performance in Older Adults, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 14, (806418), 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • Gori, M. and Price, S. and Newell, F.N. and Berthouze, N. and Volpe, G., Multisensory Perception and Learning: Linking Pedagogy, Psychophysics, and Human-Computer Interaction, Multisensory Research, 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • Brady, N. and Darmody, K. and Newell, F.N. and Cooney, S.M., Holistic processing of faces and words predicts reading accuracy and speed in dyslexic readers, PLoS ONE, 16, (12 December), 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI , URL
  • Stoycheva, P. and KauramÀki, J. and Newell, F.N. and Tiippana, K., Haptic recognition memory and lateralisation for verbal and nonverbal shapes, Memory, 29, (8), 2021, p1043-1057Journal Article, 2021, DOI , URL
  • Cunningham J, O'Dowd A, Broglio S, Newell FN, Kelly A, Joyce O, Januszewski J, Wilson F, Multisensory perception is not influenced by previous concussion history in retired rugby union players, Brain Injury, 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • Setti A, and Hernandez B, and Hirst R.J., Donoghue OA, Kenny R.A., and Newell F.N., Susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion is associated with gait speed in a large sample of middle-aged and older adults, Experimental Gerontology, 174, (112113), 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • McGovern, D.P. and Burns, S. and Hirst, R.J. and Newell, F.N., Perceptual training narrows the temporal binding window of audiovisual integration in both younger and older adults, Neuropsychologia, 173, (108309), 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • O' Dowd, A. and Cooney, S.M. and Newell, F.N., Self-reported vividness of tactile imagery for object properties and body regions: An exploratory study, Consciousness and Cognition, 103, (103376), 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • Azizi Z, Hirst RJ, O' Dowd A, McCrory C, Kenny RA, Newell FN, Setti A., Evidence for an association between allostatic load and multisensory integration in middle-aged and older adults., Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, 116, 2023, p105155Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • O'Dowd A., Hirst R.J., Setti A., Kenny R.A., Newell F.N., Individual differences in seated resting heart rate are associated with multisensory perceptual function in older adults, Psychophysiology, 61, (1), 2024Journal Article, 2024, DOI
  • O'Dowd A., Hirst R.J., Setti A., Donoghue O.A., Kenny R.A., Newell F.N., The temporal precision of audiovisual integration is associated with longitudinal fall incidents but not sensorimotor fall risk in older adults, Scientific Reports, 13, (1), 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • Azizi Z., Hirst R.J., Newell F.N., Kenny R.A., Setti A., Audio-visual integration is more precise in older adults with a high level of long-term physical activity, PLoS ONE, 18, (10 October), 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • O'Dowd A., Hirst R.J., Setti A., Kenny R.A., Newell F.N., Older adults with slow sit to stand times show reduced temporal precision of audio"visual integration, Experimental Brain Research, 241, (6), 2023, p1633 - 1642, p1633-1642Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • O'Dowd A., O'Connor D.M.A., Hirst R.J., Setti A., Kenny R.A., Newell F.N., Nutrition is associated with differences in multisensory integration in healthy older adults, Nutritional Neuroscience, 2024Journal Article, 2024, DOI
  • Holmes, C.A. and Cooney, S.M. and Dempsey, P. and Newell, F.N., Developmental changes in the visual, haptic, and bimodal perception of geometric angles, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 241, (105870), 2024Journal Article, 2024, DOI , URL
  • O†Dowd, A. and Hirst, R.J. and Setti, A. and Kenny, R.A. and Newell, F.N., Is a Sex Difference in Audioâ€"Visual Temporal Precision Consistent Across Age Groups? An Update on Hernández et al. (2019), Psychology and Aging, 2024Journal Article, 2024, DOI , URL
  • Ziat, M. and Pacic, K. and Buentello, I. and Varney, J. and Newell, F.N., Tactile perception of randomness: Effect of varying stimulus size and participants age, i-Perception, 14, (6), 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI , URL
  • Newell, F.N. and McKenna, E. and Seveso, M.A. and Devine, I. and Alahmad, F. and Hirst, R.J. and O'Dowd, A., Multisensory perception constrains the formation of object categories: A review of evidence from sensory-driven and predictive processes on categorical decisions, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 378, (1886), 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI , URL
  • Cuturi, L.F. and Cooney, S. and Cappagli, G. and Newell, F.N. and Gori, M., Primary Schoolers' Response to a Multisensory Serious Game on Cartesian Plane Coordinates in Immersive Virtual Reality, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 26, (8), 2023, p648-656Journal Article, 2023, DOI , URL
  • O' Dowd, A. and Hirst, R.J. and Setti, A. and Kenny, R.A. and Newell, F.N., Self-Reported Sensory Decline in Older Adults Is Longitudinally Associated with Both Modality-General and Modality-Specific Factors, Innovation in Aging, 6, (7), 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • Barnett KJ, Newell FN, Finucane C, Corvin AP, Mitchell KJ., Familial patterns and the origins of individual differences in synaesthesia, Cognition, 106, (2), 2008, p871 - 893Journal Article, 2008, DOI
  • Casey, S., Newell, F.N. , Are representations of unfamiliar faces independent of encoding modality?, Neuropsychologia, 45, (3-4), 2007, p506 - 513Journal Article, 2007, DOI
  • Chan JS, Maucher T, Schemmel J, Kilroy, D, Newell FN, Meier KH., The Virtual Haptic Display: A device for exploring 2-D virtual shapes in the tactile modality, Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 39, (4), 2007, p802 - 810Journal Article, 2007, TARA - Full Text
  • Bulthoff, I., & Newell, F.N., The role of familiarity in the recognition of static and dynamic objects., Progress in Brain Research, 154, 2006, p315 - 325Journal Article, 2006, DOI
  • Barnett KJ, & Newell FN, Synaesthesia is associated with enhanced visual imagery, Consciousness and Cognition, 3, 2008, p1032 - 1039Journal Article, 2008, DOI
  • Pasqualotto, A., Finucane, C., Newell, F.N., The role of visual experience on the representation and updating of novel haptic scenes, Brain and Cognition, 65, (2), 2007, p184 - 194Journal Article, 2007, DOI
  • Setti, A. & Newell FN, The effect of body and part-based motion on the recognition of unfamiliar objects, Visual Cognition, 18, (3), 2009, p456 - 480Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Rachel McDonnell, Sophie Joerg, Jessica Hodgins, Fiona Newell, Carol O'Sullivan, Virtual Shapers & Movers: Form and Motion affect Sex Perception, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, APGV'07: ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization, Tuebingen, Germany, 25-27 May, 253, 2007, pp7 - 10Conference Paper, 2007, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Rachel McDonnell, Fiona Newell, Carol O'Sullivan, Smooth Movers: Perceptually Guided Human Motion Simulation, Eurographics/ ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Computer Animation, San Diego, U.S., August, 2007, edited by D. Metaxas and J. Popovic , ACM Press, 2007, pp259 - 269Conference Paper, 2007, URL
  • Chan, JS & Newell, FN, Behavioural evidence for task-dependent, 'what' versus 'where' processing within and across modalities, Perception & Psychophysics, 70, (1), 2008, p36 - 49Journal Article, 2008, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Ernst, MO, Lange, C. & Newell, FN, Multisensory Recognition of Actively Explored Objects, Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, (3), 2007, p242 - 253Journal Article, 2007, DOI
  • Special Issue of Perception: Advances in Multisensory Perception, 36, 10, (2007), Newell, FN & Shams, L, [eds.], Guest EditorsJournal, 2007, DOI
  • Casey, S, Mernagh, M. & Newell, FN., Are attractive facial characteristics peculiar to the sex of a face?, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, (5), 2009, p833 - 843Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Newell, FN, Shams, L., New insights into multisensory perception, Perception, 36, (10), 2007, p1415 - 1418Journal Article, 2007
  • Rachel McDonnell, Sophie Jörg, Joanna McHugh, Fiona Newell and Carol O'Sullivan, Evaluating the emotional content of human motions on real and virtual characters, ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization (APGV'08), Los Angeles, August, edited by S. Creem-Regehr and K. Myszkowski , ACM Press, 2008, pp67-74Conference Paper, 2008, DOI , URL
  • Roberts, G.M.P., Newell, F., Simoes-Franklin, C., & Garavan, H. , Menstrual cycle phase modulates cognitive control over male but not female stimuli, Brain Research , 1224, 2008, p79 - 87Journal Article, 2008, TARA - Full Text
  • Woods, A.T., Newell, F.N., Canonical views in haptic object perception, Perception, 37, (12), 2009, p1867 - 1878Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Barnett KJ, Feeney, J., Gormley, M & Newell FN, An exploratory study of linguistic-colour associations across languages in multilingual synaesthetes, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, (7), 2009, p1343 - 1355Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Whitaker TA, Simoes-Franklin C, Newell FN., Vision and touch: independent or integrated systems for the perception of texture?, Brain Research, 1242, (C), 2008, p59 - 72Journal Article, 2008, DOI
  • Simoes-Franklin, C., Whitaker, T.A. & Newell, FN, Active and passive touch differentially activate somatosensory cortex in texture perception, Human Brain Mapping, 32, (7), 2011, p1067-1080Journal Article, 2011, DOI
  • Bargary, G, Barnett, KJ, Mitchell, KJ, Newell, FN, Colored-speech synaesthesia is triggered by multisensory, not unisensory, perception., Psychological Science, 20, (5), 2009, p529 - 533Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Barnett, KJ, Foxe, JJ, Molholm, S, Kelly, SP, Shalgi, S, Mitchell, KJ, Newell, FN, Differences in early sensory-perceptual processing in synesthesia: a visual evoked potential study., NeuroImage, 43, (3), 2008, p605-613Journal Article, 2008, DOI
  • Barnett, KJ, Finucane, C, Asher, JE, Bargary, G, Corvin, AP, Newell, FN, Mitchell, KJ, Familial patterns and the origins of individual differences in synaesthesia., Cognition, 106, (2), 2008, p871-893Journal Article, 2008, DOI
  • Setti, A., Burke, K.E., Kenny, RA., & Newell, F.N., Is inefficient multisensory processing associated with falls in older people?, Experimental Brain Research., 209, (3), 2011, p375-384Journal Article, 2011, DOI
  • Kenny, RA., Dishongh, T., Newell, F.N. & Ni Scanail, C., Research to reduce falls in older people: the TRIL centre, Geriatric Medicine, 39, (6), 2009, p326 - 327Journal Article, 2009
  • Chan, J.S., Simoes-Franklin, C., Garavan, H. & Newell, F.N., Static images of novel, moveable objects learned through touch activate visual area hMT+, Neuroimage, 49, 2010, p1708 - 1716Journal Article, 2010, DOI
  • McDonnell, R., Joerg, S., McHugh, J., Newell, F.N. & O'Sullivan, C., Investigating the role of body shape on the perception of emotion, ACM: Transactions on Applied Perception, 6, (3), 2009, p14 - 25Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Visuo-haptic perception of objects and scenes in, editor(s)Marcus J. Naumer & Jochen Kaiser , Multisensory object perception in the primate brain, Springer, 2010, [Newell, F.N.]Book Chapter, 2010
  • McHugh, J.E., McDonnell, R., O'Sullivan, C. & Newell, F.N., Perceiving emotion in crowds: the role of dynamic body postures on the perception of emotion in crowded scenes, Experimental Brain Research., 204, (3), 2010, p361 - 372Journal Article, 2010, DOI
  • Duncan, J., Seitz, R., Kolodny, J., Bor, D., Ahmed, A., Newell, F.N., Emslie, H., A neural basis for general intelligence, Science, 289, (5478), 2000, p457 - 460Journal Article, 2000, DOI
  • Newell, F.N., Ernst, M.O., Tjan, B.J., Bülthoff, H.H., Viewpoint dependence in visual and haptic object recognition, Psychological Science, 12, 2001, p37 - 42Journal Article, 2001, DOI
  • Newell, F.N., Chiroro, P., Valentine, T., Recognising Unfamiliar Faces: The Effects of Distinctiveness and View, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 52, (2), 1999, p509 - 534Journal Article, 1999, DOI
  • Newell, F.N., Stimulus context and view dependence in object recognition, Perception, 27, (1), 1998, p47 - 68Journal Article, 1998, DOI
  • Perceptual Cues and Object Recognition in, editor(s)Carr, K., England, A. , Simulated and Virtual Realities, London, Taylor and Francis, 1995, pp42 - 50, [Findlay, J.M., Newell, F.N.]Book Chapter, 1995
  • Newell, F.N., Findlay, J.M., Visual search for rotated three-dimensional objects, Perception, 26, (10), 1997, p1231 - 1257Journal Article, 1997
  • Newell, F.N., Bülthoff, H.H, Perceptual categorisation of familiar objects, Cognition, 85, (2), 2002, p113 - 143Journal Article, 2002
  • Alais, D., Newell, F.N. & Mamassian, P., Multisensory processing in review: From physiology to behaviour, Seeing & Perceiving, 23, (1), 2010, p3 - 38Journal Article, 2010, URL , TARA - Full Text
  • O'Mahony, C. & Newell, F.N., Integration of faces and voices, but not faces and names, in familiar person recognition, British Journal of Psychology, 103, (1), 2012, p73 - 82Journal Article, 2012, DOI
  • Newell, FN, Setti, A. Foran, T., Burke, K., & Kenny, RA, Reduced vision impairs spatial cognition in fall-prone older adults, INSIGHT: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, 4, (3), 2011, p103 - 111Journal Article, 2011, URL
  • Chan, JS & Newell, FN, The effect of non-informative spatial sounds on haptic scene recognition, International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, 6, (4), 2013, p342 - 365Journal Article, 2013, TARA - Full Text
  • Setti, A., Finnigan, S., Sobolewski, R., McLaren, L., Robertson, I.H., Reilly, R.B., Anne Kenny, R., Newell, F.N., Audiovisual temporal discrimination is less efficient with aging: an event-related potential study, NeuroReport , 22, (11), 2011, p554-558Journal Article, 2011, DOI
  • Whitaker, T.A., Simões-Franklin, C., Newell, F.N. , The natural truth: The contribution of vision and touch in the categorisation of "naturalness", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) , 6th International Conference on Haptics: Perception, Devices and Scenarios, EuroHaptics 2008, Madrid, 10-14 June, 5024, (2008), 2008, pp319-324Conference Paper, 2008, DOI
  • Pasqualotto, A., Finucane, C.M., Newell, F.N., Erratum: Visual and haptic representations of scenes are updated with observer movement (Experimental Brain Research (2005) DOI: 10.1007/s00221-005- 2388-5), 2005, - 592Miscellaneous, 2005, DOI
  • Peskin, M., Newell, F.N., Familiarity breeds attraction: Effects of exposure on the attractiveness of typical and distinctive faces, Perception, 33, (2), 2004, p147-157Journal Article, 2004, DOI
  • Bülthoff, I., Newell, F.N., Interaction between vision and speech in face recognition, Journal of Vision, 3, (9), 2003, p825aJournal Article, 2003, DOI
  • Newell, F.N., Bülthoff, H.H., Categorical perception of familiar objects, Cognition, 85, (25), 2002, p113-143Journal Article, 2002, DOI
  • Buelthoff, I.and Newell, F.N, Gender, average heads and categorical perception, Journal of Vision, 1, (3), 2001, p281aJournal Article, 2001, DOI
  • Emma J. Rose, Ciara Greene, Sinead Kelly, Derek W. Morris, Ian H. Robertson, Ciara Fahey, Sarah Jacobson, John O'Doherty, Fiona N. Newell, Jane McGrath, Arun Bodke, Hugh Garavan, Thomas Frodl, Michael Gill, Aiden P. Corvin, Gary Donohoe, The NOS1 variant rs6490121 is associated with variation in prefrontal function and gray matter density in healthy individuals, NeuroImage, 60, (1), 2012, p614-622Journal Article, 2012, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Maguinness C, Setti A, Burke KE, Kenny RA, Newell FN, The Effect of Combined Sensory and Semantic Components on Audio-Visual Speech Perception in Older Adults, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 3, (19), 2011Journal Article, 2011, DOI , URL , TARA - Full Text
  • Newell FN, Wallraven C, Huber S, The role of characteristic motion in object categorization, Journal of Vision, 4, (2), 2004, p118 - 129Journal Article, 2004, DOI
  • Rose EJ, Morris DW, Fahey C, Robertson IH, Greene C, O'Doherty J, Newell FN, Garavan H, McGrath J, Bokde A, Tropea D, Gill M, Corvin AP, Donohoe G., The effect of the neurogranin schizophrenia risk variant rs12807809 on brain structure and function., Twin Research and Human Genetics, 15, (3), 2012, p296 - 303Journal Article, 2012, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Barrett, M., Cullen, B., Maguinness, C., Merriman, N. Roudaia, E., Stapleton, J. Stienen, BMC & Newell, FN, A glance back on 50 years of research in perception, Irish Journal of Psychology, 33, (2-3), 2012, p65-71Journal Article, 2012, DOI
  • Chan, JS., Maguinness, C., Lisiecka, D. Setti, A. & Newell, FN, Evidence for crossmodal interactions across depth on target localisation performance in a spatial array, Perception, 41, 2012, p757 - 773Journal Article, 2012, DOI
  • Barrett, M.M., Doheny, E.P., Setti, A., Maguinness, C., Foran, T.G., Kenny, R.A. & Newell, F.N., Reduced vision selectively impairs spatial updating in fall prone older adults, Multisensory Research, 1, (1), 2013, p69 - 94Journal Article, 2013, DOI
  • Pomianowska I, Germeys F, Verfaillie K, Newell FN., The role of social cues in the deployment of spatial attention: head-body relationships automatically activate directional spatial codes in a Simon task., Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6, (4), 2012, p1 - 7Journal Article, 2012, DOI
  • McHugh, J.E., Kearney, G., Rice, H., Newell, F.N, The sound of the crowd: auditory information modulates the perceived emotion of a crowd based on bodily expressions., Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 12, (1), 2012, p120-131Journal Article, 2012, DOI
  • Setti A, Finnigan S, Sobolewski R, McLaren L, Robertson IH, Reilly RB, Kenny RA, Newell FN, Audiovisual temporal discrimination is less efficient with aging: an event-related potential study., Neuroreport, 22, (11), 2011, p554-8Journal Article, 2011, DOI
  • Synaesthesia, meaning, and multi-lingual speakers in, editor(s)Julia Simner and Edward Hubbard , Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia, Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp181 - 204, [Newell, F.N.]Book Chapter, 2013
  • Pasqualotto A, Finucane CM, Newell FN, Ambient visual information confers a context-specific, long-term benefit on memory for haptic scenes., Cognition, 128, (3), 2013, p363-379Journal Article, 2013
  • Roudaia E., Gallego J., Nolan H., Fearon C., Newell F., Reilly RB, Sensorimotor synchronization to auditory and visual cues in ageing and Parkinson's disease, EU Cost Action TIMELY, February, 2013Conference Paper, 2013, URL
  • Stapleton, J., Setti, A., Doheny, E. P., Kenny, R. A., & Newell, F. N. , A standing posture is associated with increased susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion in fall-prone older adults. , Experimental brain research, 232, (3), 2014, p423 - 434Journal Article, 2014, DOI
  • Setti A, Burke KE, Kenny R, Newell FN. , Susceptibility to a multisensory speech illusion in older persons is driven by perceptual processes., Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences. , 4, (575), 2013Journal Article, 2013, TARA - Full Text
  • O'Hanlon, E., Newell, FN., Mitchell, K. , Combined structural and functional imaging reveals cortical deactivations in grapheme-colour synaesthesia. , Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 4, (755), 2013, pPMC3812565Journal Article, 2013, TARA - Full Text
  • Setti, A. Stapleton, J. Leahy, D. Kenny, RA & Newell, FN. , Improving the efficiency of multisensory integration in older adults: audio-visual temporal discrimination training reduces the susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion. , Neuropsychologia, 61, (1), 2014, p259-268-Journal Article, 2014, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • O'Hanlon E, Newell FN, Mitchell KJ, Combined structural and functional imaging reveals cortical deactivations in grapheme-color synaesthesia., Frontiers in psychology, 4, 2013, p755Journal Article, 2013, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • Kiiski, H., Hoyet, L., Cullen, B., O'Sullivan, C., Newell, F.N, Perception and prediction of social intentions from human body motion, Proceedings - SAP 2013: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, Dublin; Ireland, 22-23 August, 2013, pp134-Conference Paper, 2013, DOI
  • McHugh, J.E., McDonnell, R., Chan, J.S. & Newell, F.N., The Multisensory Perception of Emotions in Real and Virtual Humans, British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2008, Dublin, April 2008, 2008Poster
  • McHugh, J.E. & Newell, F.N. , Mixed emotions: audition can modulate the visual perception of the emotion of a crowd, International Multisensory Research Forum, CCNY, New York, June 2009Poster

Research Expertise

Multisensory perception; Synaesthesia; Object recognition; Scene recognition; Face perception and facial attractiveness; Perception in visual impaired individuals; Dynamic object recognition; Visual, haptic and auditory perception; Perception of crowds; Perception of emotion; Ageing and multisensory perception.

  • Title
    VERVE is a research project that aims to develop new technologies to support the treatment of people who are at risk of social exclusion, either because of fear and apathy associated with ageing, or because of a neurological disorder.
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    The weDRAW project comes from the renewed neuroscientific understanding of the role of communication between sensory modalities during development: specific sensory systems have specific roles to learn specific concepts. Starting from these results, in weDRAW we will develop an multisensory technology and three serious games that will exploit the best modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts. In particular weDRAW: - will provide the elements to the teacher to determine which is the best modality (visual, audio or haptic) to teach each specific concepts to the students; - will provide the technology to exploit the best sensory signal; - will permit to teach different concepts together. This will be possible by using a multisensory approach, that will open a new teaching/learning channel, personalized for each student, based on multisensory interactive technology (i.e., audio, tactile, motor and visual), including a serious game platform. - will show that it is possible to learn arithmetical concepts from multisensory rhythm exploration and music and geometrical concepts from body movement and multisensory drawing. - will permit a "deeper learning of Science and Mathematics combined with Arts" improving creative capacities of learners. Besides application to typical children, a major goal and output of this project consists of applying the proposed multisensory approach and technologies to two specific populations: visually impaired and dyslexic children. In particular, dyslexic children have problems with rhythm, whereas visually impaired children have problems with space and geometry. With weDRAW we expect to improve the spatial and temporal impairments of these two groups of children braking down social barriers.
    Funding Agency
    European Commission; Research and Innovation Action
    Date From
    1 Jan., 2017
    Date To
    31 Dec, 2018
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    TRIL: Technology Research for Independent Living
    The Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) project is a large-scale collaboration between Intel Corporation, GE and research teams at UCD, TCD, NUI Galway and St James's Hospital, Dublin. This multi-disciplinary research centre focuses on discovering how technology can be used to facilitate older people living independent lives in the location of their choice.
    Funding Agency
    Intel Corps., GE and Industrial Development Agency
    Date From
    Dec, 2008
    Date To
    Dec, 2011
  • Title
    CityQuest: a serious game to enhance cognition and improve balance control
    The aim of the proposal is to develop a prototype game, CityQuest, designed to improve balance control and spatial cognition in older adults. The game will target a growing health issue in the older population, namely the risk of falls and cognitive decline, with estimates that 30% of the older population are affected. The prototype game will be tested for potential commercialisation as a downloadable video-game or app, which is interfaced with the latest VR technology such as Oculus Rift, that can be accessed by health professionals in the clinic or older adults and their families at home.
    Funding Agency
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Date From
    1 jan 2016
    Date To
    31 mar 2017
  • Title
    Metropolis: Supercrowds for Multisensory Urban Simulations
    This is a novel interdisciplinary project combining computer graphics, sound engineering and cognitive neuroscience research, in which we apply principles of human multisensory perception to create realistic, scalable and large-scale simulations of crowds.
    Funding Agency
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Date From
    Jan, 2007
    Date To
    June, 2011
  • Title
    Cross-Border Research and Development Funding Programme
    Collaborative project between ISCS in Ulster University and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience to conduct neuroimaging on older adults
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    Date From
    July, 2011
    Date To
    June 2014
  • Title
    MONAT: measurement of naturalness
    We instinctively know whether something is natural, or a synthetic mimic. But the key factors responsible for this perception have yet to be identified: this is the primary objective of this project. The perception of naturalness is dominated, in most cases, by visual appearance and touch. Basic visual sensory information, such as colour and gloss, and other visual triggers, such as shape and size is often sufficient to differentiate between natural and synthetic materials. Touching the material serves to reinforce the initial visual perception: here tactile information from cutaneous pressure sensitive and thermal sensory transducers, as well as kinesthetic data, provides the requisite sensory input. This project aims to understand how these sensory data streams are processed by the relevant neural networks and how they contribute to the cognitive processes associated with the perception of naturalness.
    Funding Agency
    EU 6th Framework
    Date From
    Sept, 2006
    Date To
    Aug, 2009
  • Title
    The development of a novel, low-cost intervention games system designed to improve physical and mental well being in older adults
    Barriers to healthy ageing include declines in both physical (e.g. postural control) and mental processes (e.g. cognitive decline). As these processes are interconnected one of the main objectives of this project is to develop intervention programmes that train the body and the brain at the same time and are adapted to the needs of older adults. In this collaborative project between QUB and TCD we will create games that profile balance control (QUB expertise), dual tasking, selective attention and sensory integration (TCD expertise). The objective is to create a holistic approach that will result in a new, fun and engaging way for older adults to master new gaming based skills that will improve physical and mental well being.
    Funding Agency
    CARDI: Centre for ageing research and development in Ireland
    Date From
    March, 2011
    Date To
    October, 2011
  • Title
    Socialising Agents: endowing virtual agents with multisensory social skills to increase appeal and user engagement
    There is an increasing demand for more realism in virtual characters, particularly with virtual agents in games designed to interact with the user and in entertainment designed to evoke intense emotions. However, computer graphics experts have little understanding of what underlies our preferences for certain perceptual features over others (such as facial expressions, voice intonations or bodily gestures). In a novel inter-disciplinary project combining computer graphics and social cognitive neuroscience, we will apply principles of human perceptual processing to endow virtual agents with maximum social appeal.
    Funding Agency
    Science Foundation Ireland
    Date From
    July, 2011
    Date To
    June, 2015


  • Fellow, Trinity College Dublin 2005
  • Fulbright Scholar 2011-12
  • Best Reported Impact, Science Foundation Ireland 13 November, 2017
  • 'Addison Wheeler' Research Fellow in Life Sciences, University of Durham 1995-1999
  • European Society for Cognitive Psychology
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • Experimental Psychological Society, UK
  • Psychonomics Society, USA
  • Member of IEEE Robotics