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Dr. Meaghan McManus

Postdoctoral Researcher
Room: 346, Building F2
Telephone: +49 (0)641 99 26035
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99 26119


My work uses psychophysical methods and virtual reality to investigate perception and action. I am currently investigating how tactile perception is affected during arm movements, as well as how different aspects of visual environments impact self-motion perception. I have other research interests in visual perception, multisensory integration, and human factors in microgravity.


Scientific Training & Education

2021- Present

Justus Liebig University Giessen, Postdoctoral Researcher

Advisor: Dr. Katja Fiehler

Focus: Perception and Action



York University, Ph.D.

Supervisor: Dr. Laurence Harris

Dissertation: The effect of perceived self-orientation on the perception of visually induced self-motion


University of Edinburgh, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Dr. David Carmel

Dissertation: The Effects of Motion on Spatial Memory

2021- Present

Carleton University, B.Cog.Sci. (with Distinction)

Supervisor: Dr. Jim Davies

Dissertation: The Effects of Specific Physical Features on Perceived Intelligence




  • McManus, M., & Harris, L. R. (2021). When gravity is not where it should be: How perceived orientation affects visual self-motion processing. Plos one, 16(1), e0243381
  • Gibson, M. E., Kim, J. J., McManus, M., & Harris, L. R. (2020). The effect of training on the perceived approach angle in visual vertical heading judgements in a virtual environment. Experimental Brain Research. 238(9), 1861–1869.
  • Chen*, J., McManus*, M., Valsecchi, M., Harris, L. R., & Gegenfurtner, K. R. (2019). Steady state visually evoked potentials reveal partial size constancy in early visual cortex. Journal of Vision, 19(6), 8-8. *Shared first authorship
  • McManus, M., D'Amour, S., & Harris, L. R. (2017). Using optic flow in the far peripheral field. Journal of Vision, 17(8), 3-3.
  • Davies, J., & McManus, M. (2014). How our desire for social information affects tastes in paintings and belief systems. Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Biennial Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics. (IAEA-14) New York, New York, 153-158.
  • Kim, J. J., McManus, M., & Harris, L. R. (Under Review). Body Orientation Affects the Perceived Size of Objects.


Conference Talks

  • McManus, M., & Harris, L. R. (2020). How real and perceived tilt affect visual self-motion processing. Vestibular-Oriented Research Meeting, Virtual meeting.

  • McManus, M., Harris, L. R. (2017). Vection is enhanced by conflict between visual and non-visual cues to orientation. International Multisensory Research Forum Nashville, USA


Teaching and Mentorship


York University Teaching Assistant on topics such as Sensation and Perception, Cognition, Advanced Research, and Research Methods


Mentored two students during the completion of their undergraduate theses


Facilitator for the Virtual Reality for Scientists intensive workshop


Facilitator for the Virtual Reality for Scientists intensive workshop


Team member in the project mentioned below


Researcher on VECTION in Hypogravity Grant with Canadian Space Agency



Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Brain in Action

International Research Training Group