School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr George Van Doorn

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

  • Health Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Supervision

Professional Associations

  • Review Editor: Evolutionary Psychology

Research Interests

George's main research interest is in exploring perception. He has conducted several experiments exploring how we perceive temperature via self- and externally-generated movements, how vision and touch work together in virtual reality, how colour and temperature interact (e.g., hot is associated with red), and the influence of colours on the perception of taste (e.g., work with Charles Spence on how the colour of the mug can influence the perception of the taste of coffee). Recently, 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. Other recent projects have investigated the influence of glass shape on the flavour of beer. George has recently started collaborating with colleagues on projects assessing the influence of colour on mating behaviour (e.g., it is claimed that red is associated with attraction). 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

Van Doorn, G., & Miloyan, B. (in press). The Pepsi Paradox: A review. Food Quality & Preference.

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

De Foe, A., Van Doorn, G.H., & Symmons, M. (2013). Floating sensations prior to sleep and out of body experiences. Journal of Parapsychology, 77(2), 271-280.

Seno, T., & Van Doorn, G.H. (2013). Illusory upward self-motion results in a decrease in perceived room temperature. Psychology (PSYCH), 4(11), 823-826.

Van Doorn, G.H., Richardson, B.L., & Symmons, M.A. (2013). Touch can be as accurate as passively-guided kinaesthesis in raised line length perception. Multisensory Research, 26(5), 417-428.

Van Doorn, G.H. (2013). Can we really talk to the dead? A reply to Ferreira (2013). Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 13(1), 57-62.

VanDoorn, G.H., & Eklund, A.A. (2013). Face to facebook: Social media and the learning and teaching potential of symmetrical, synchronous communication, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 10(1), 1-14.

Van Doorn, G.H., Richardson, B.L., & Wuillemin, D.B. (2013). Fitting a bionic eye to the body: How haptics can help. International Journal of Adaptive and Autonomous Communication Systems, 6(4), 377-390.

Howell, J., Van Doorn, G.H., & Symmons, M. (2013). A reverse horizontal-vertical illusion? Auditory length perception and its relevance to virtual environments. 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pp. 257-260.

Van Doorn, G.H., & Symmons, M.A. (2013). Biases in visuo-haptic matching of curvature. IEEE World Haptics Conference 2013, 14 April 2013 to 18 April 2013, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc, Piscataway NJ USA, pp. 549-553.

Howell, J., Symmons, M.A., & Van Doorn, G.H. (2013). Using traditional horizontal-vertical illusion figures and single lines to directly compare haptic and vision. IEEE WorldHaptics Conference 2013, 14 April 2013 to 18 April 2013, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc, Piscataway NJ USA, pp. 673-676.

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.

Kwan Choi, Doctor of Philosophy, 2014: Citizen participation in community safety: A comparative study of community policing in South Korea and the United Kingdom.