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About Professor Charles Spence

The Crossmodal Research Laboratory, supervised and lead by Professor Charles Spence, is interested in investigating how our understanding of multisensory perception can be used in a consumer psychology setting to improve the perception of everyday objects.

Charles is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch) to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives.

His research focuses on how a better understanding of the human mind will lead to the better design of multisensory foods, products, interfaces, and environments in the future. His research calls for a radical new way of examining and understanding the senses that has major implications for the way in which we design everything from household products to mobile phones, and from the food we eat to the places in which we work and live.

Charles is currently a consultant for a number of multinational companies advising on various aspects of multisensory design, packaging, and branding. He has conducted research on human-computer interaction issues on the Crew Work Station on the European Space Shuttle, and currently works on problems associated with the design of foods that maximally stimulate the senses, and with the effect of the indoor environment on mood, well-being, and performance.

Charles has published more than 250 articles in top-flight scientific journals over the last decade.

Charles has been awarded the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society:Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, most recently, the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

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