Van Doorn, George

Phone: (03) 51226746
Room: 2W281 Churchill, Gippsland
Position: Senior Lecturer / Fourth year thesis coordinator
Discipline: Psychology


  • B Psych Sci (Hons)
  • Grad Cert (Higher Ed)
  • PhD
  • BA (Hons)
  • BSc (Psych)

Teaching areas

  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Research Supervision

Professional associations

  • Review Editor: Evolutionary Psychology
  • Academic Editor: PLoS ONE

Research interests

George's main research interest is in exploring perception. He has conducted several experiments exploring how different factors (e.g., mood, colour) influence taste perception, how vision and touch work together, and how colour influences mating behaviour (e.g., it is claimed that red is associated with attraction). George works with several national (e.g., Jakob Hohwy) and international (e.g., Charles Spence) collaborators. In the past, George has merged his interest in touch with illusions (e.g., body swapping illusions) – which are useful in that they can tell us about errors in perception, and thus about perception itself. Recent projects have investigated the influence of glass shape and mood on the perceived flavour of beer. George offers postgraduate supervision within the broad context of perception, but is open to supervise projects in other areas.

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed articles

Kent, L., Van Doorn, G. H., Hohwy, J., & Klein, B. (accepted). Bayes, time, and relativity: The fundamental role of hopelessness. Consciousness & Cognition.

Van Doorn, G., & Miloyan, B. (2018). The Pepsi Paradox: A review. Food Quality & Preference, 65, 194-197.

Wagstaff, D., & Van Doorn, G. H. (2018). The effect of schizotypy on the relationship between women’s red clothing and perceived sexual interest.Australian Journal of Psychology.

Van Doorn, G., De Foe, A., Wood, A., Wagstaff, D., & Hohwy, J. (2018). Down the rabbit hole: Assessing the influence of schizotypy on the experience of the Barbie Doll Illusion. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry.

Grieve, R., March, E., & Van Doorn, G. H. (2018). Masculinity might be more toxic than we think: The influence of gender roles on trait emotional manipulation. Personality and Individual Differences

Miloyan, B., & Van Doorn, G. H. (2018). Social fears and Alcohol Use Disorder in a national sample of US adults. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

March, E., Grieve, R., & Van Doorn, G. (2018). Netflix and chill? What sex differences can tell us about mate preferences in (hypothetical) booty-call relationships. Evolutionary Psychology

Gomez, R., Stavropoulos, V., & Van Doorn, G. (2017). Factor structure of teacher ratings of the ODD symptoms in children. Psychiatric Quarterly, 89, 219-234.

Alvandi, E.O., Van Doorn, G., & Symmons, M. (2017). Modes of delivering psychotherapy: Investigating technology. International Journal of reliable and Quality E-Healthcare, 6(3), 23.

Gomez, R., Van Doorn, G., Watson, S., Gomez, A., & Stavropoulos, V. (2017). Cloninger’s personality dimensions and ADHD: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 219-227.

Mirabito, A., Oliphant, M., Van Doorn, G., Watson, S., & Spence, C. (2017). Glass shape influences the flavour of beer. Food Quality and Preference, 62, 257-261.

Spence, C., & Van Doorn, G. H. (2017). Does the shape of the drinking receptacle influence taste/flavour perception? A review. Beverages, 3(3), 33.

Alvandi, E.O., Van Doorn, G., & Symmons, M. (2017).  Emotionality in computer-mediated environments: Analyzing the emotional content of psychotherapeutic communication. Journal of Interaction Science, 5(2), doi: 10.24982/jois.1711017.002

Van Doorn, G., Woods, A., Levitan, C. A., Wan, X., Velasco, C., Torres, C., & Spence, C. (2017). Does the shape of a cup influence coffee taste expectations? A cross-cultural, online study. Food Quality & Preference, 56, 201-211.

Van Doorn, G.H., Paton, B., & Spence, C. (2016). Is J is the new K? Initial letters and brand names. Journal of Brand Management, 23(6), 666-678.

Van Doorn, G.H., Colonna-Dashwood, M., Hudd-Baillie, R., & Spence, C. (2015). Latte art influences both the expected and rated value of milk-based coffee drinks. Journal of Sensory Studies, 30(4), 305-315.

Van Doorn, G.H., Howell, J., & Hohwy, J. (2015). Attenuated self-tickle sensation even under trajectory perturbation. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 147-153.

Van Doorn, G., Wuillemin, D., & Spence, C. (2014). Does the colour of the mug influence the taste of the coffee? Flavour, 3(10), doi:10.1186/2044-7248-3-10.

Van Doorn, G.H., Hohwy, J., & Symmons, M. (2014). Can you tickle yourself if you swap bodies with somebody else? Consciousness and Cognition, 23, 1-11.

Ho, H-N., Van Doorn, G.H., Kawabe, T., Watanabe, J., & Spence, C. (2014). Colour-temperature correspondences: When reactions to thermal stimuli are influenced by colour. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e91854.

Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)

Ebrahim Oshni Alvandi, Doctor of Philosophy, 2017: Emotional agency in telecounselling: A cognitive model.

Alexander De Foe, Doctor of Philosophy, 2016: Proneness and methodological factors in body ownership illusions.