Vanessa Harrar, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Peer-reviewed manuscripts

Harrar V, Tammam J, Perez-Bellido A, Pitt A, Stein J, Spence C (2014) Multisensory integration and attention: Differences in dyslexics. Current Biology 24, 1-5

Harrar V, Spence C, Makin TR (2013) Topographic generalisation of tactile perceptual learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39: 1-9.

Harrar V, Smith B, Deroy O, Spence, C (2013) Grape expectations: How the proportion of white grape in Champagne affects the blind tastings ratings of experts and social drinkers. Flavour (in press MS ID 1962716967101109)

Harrar V, Spence C (2013) The taste of cutlery: How the taste of food is affected by the weight, size, shape, and colour of the cutlery used to eat it. Flavour, 2: 21.

Parise C, Harrar V, Ernst M, Spence C (2013) Cross-correlation between auditory and visual signals promotes multisensory integration. Multisensory Research, 26: 307-316.

Harrar V, Pritchett LM, Harris LR (2013) Segmented space: Measuring tactile localisation in body coordinates. Multisensory Research (previously Seeing & Perceiving, special issue edited by Marc Ernst), 26: 3-18.

Spence C*, Harrar V*, Piqueras-Fiszman B* (2012) Assessing the impact of tableware and other contextual variables on multisensory flavour perception. Flavour 1,7. *First author equal contribution.

Harrar V, Toepel U, Murray MM, Spence C (2011) Food's visually perceived fat content affects discrimination speed in an orthogonal spatial task. Experimental Brain Research 214, 351-356

Harrar V, Piqueras-Fiszman B, Spence C (2011) There's more to taste in a coloured bowl. Perception 40, 880-882

Piqueras-Fiszman B, Harrar V, Alcaide J, & Spence C (2011) Does the weight of the dish influence our perception of food? Food Quality and Preference 22, 753-756

Harrar V, & Harris LR (2010) Touch used to guide action is partially coded in a visual reference frame. Experimental Brain Research 203, 615-620

Harrar V, & Harris LR (2009) Eye position affects the perceived location of touch. Experimental Brain Research 198, 403–410

Winter R, Harrar V, Gozdzik M, & Harris LR (2008) The relative timing of active and passive touch. Brain Research 1242, 54–58

Harrar V, Winter R & Harris LR (2008) Visuotactile apparent motion. Psychophysics 70 (5), 807–817

Harrar V & Harris LR (2008) The effect of exposure to asynchronous audio, visual, and tactile stimulus combinations on the perception of simultaneity. Experimental Brain Research 186, 517–524

Harrar V & Harris LR (2007) Multimodal Ternus: Visual, tactile, and visuo-tactile grouping in apparent motion. Perception 10, 1455–1464

Harrar V & Harris LR (2005) Simultaneity constancy: Detecting events with touch and vision. Exp Brain Res 166, 465–473 

Peer-reviewed published abstracts

Harrar V, Tammam J, Pérez-Bellido A, Hulatt R, Pitt A, Stein J, Spence C (2013) Multisensory integration deficits in developmental dylexia. Multisensory Research, 26:22. [Talk presented in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2013]

Vandenbroucke S, Goubert L, Harrar V (2013) The detection of tactile stimuli while observing another in pain in chronic pain patients and controls.” Multisensory Research, 26:225. [Poster presented in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2013]

Harris LR, D’Amour S, Pritchett L, Carnevale MJ, Harrar V (2013) Representing the body in the brain: Effects of body distortion on somatosensory processing.” Multisensory Research, 26:28. [Talk presented in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2013]

Harrar V, Spence C, Harris LR (2013) Does temporal adaptation affect multisensory integration? Multisensory Research, 26:138. [Poster presented in Jerusalem, Israel, June 2013] 

Harrar V, Spence C, Makin TR (2012) Improved tactile acuity following perceptual learning generalises to untrained fingers. Seeing and Perceiving 25 IMRF Abstract Supplement, page 82. 

Harrar V, Spence C (2012) A weighty matter: The effect of spoon size and weight on food perception. Seeing and Perceiving 25 IMRF Abstract Supplement, page 199. 

Vandenbroucke S, Crombez G, Van Ryckeghem D, Harrar V, Goubert L, Spence C, Durnez W, van Damme S (2012) Observing social stimuli influences detection of subtle somatic sensations differently for pain synaesthetes and controls. Seeing and Perceiving 25 IMRF Abstract Supplement, page 19. 

Harrar V, Toepel U, Murray M, Spence C (2011) Visually perceived fat content of foods affects response time. Perception 40, ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 214.

Parise C, Harrar V, Spence C, Ernst M (2011) Multisensory integration: When correlation implies causation. Perception 40, ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 185.

Harrar V, Frissen I, Harris LR (2009) Tactile localization is affected by simultaneously presented visual stimuli. Journal of Vision 9, 711.


2. Harrar V, Spence C (2012) A weighty matter: The effect of spoon size and weight on food perception. Seeing and Perceiving 25 IMRF Abstract Supplement, page 199.

3. Vandenbroucke S, Crombez G, Van Ryckeghem D, Harrar V, Goubert L, Spence C, Durnez W, van Damme S (2012) Observing social stimuli influences detection of subtle somatic sensations differently for pain synaesthetes and controls. Seeing and Perceiving 25 IMRF Abstract Supplement, page 19.

4. Harrar V, Toepel U, Murray M, Spence C (2011) Visually perceived fat content of foods affects response time. Perception 40, ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 214.

5. Parise C, Harrar V, Spence C, Ernst M (2011) Multisensory integration: When correlation implies causation. Perception 40, ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 185.

6. Harrar V, Frissen I, Harris LR (2009) Tactile localization is affected by simultaneously presented visual stimuli. Journal of Vision 9, 711.