Department of Psychology

Dr Karin Petrini

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10West 2.20
Tel + 44 (0) 1225 38 4880


I am a Lecturer in Experimental and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bath and an Honorary Senior Researcher at University College London. My main interest is in understanding how we combine multisensory cues (e.g., vision, audition and touch) throughout the lifespan (e.g., during infancy and childhood) and how this process is affected by experience, expertise, sensory deprivation, and developmental disorders. My interest in multisensory research expands to social cognition and emotion, and I use a combination of methods and techniques (e.g., psychophysics, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, virtual reality) to study the underlying brain mechanisms. 

Research interests

  • Multisensory integration 
  • Expertise and long-term practice effects 
  • Cognitive and perceptual development 
  • Emotion and social cognition/perception
  • Auditory perception 
  • Visual perception and cognition
  • Spatial cognition
  • Developmental disorders and sensory restoration
  • Biological motion


Book Sections

Scheller, M., Petrini, K. and Proulx, M., 2017. Forthcoming. Perception and Interactive Technology. In: The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. .

Pollick, F. E., Jola, C., Petrini, K., McKay, L. S., McAleer, P., Hee Jang, S., MacLeod, C. and Simmons, D. R., 2013. Experience and the Perception of Biological Motion. In: People Watching. Oxford University Press.

Love, S. A., Pollick, F. E. and Petrini, K., 2012. Effects of experience, training and expertise on multisensory perception:investigating the link between brain and behavior. In: Esposito, A., Esposito, A. M., Vinciarelli, A., Hoffmann, R. and Muller, V., eds. Cognitive Behavioural Systems. Berlin, Germany: Springer, pp. 304-320. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; 7403)


Piwek, L., Petrini, K. and Pollick, F., 2016. A dyadic stimulus set of audiovisual affective displays for the study of multisensory, emotional, social interactions. Behavior Research Methods, 48 (4), pp. 1285-1295.

Vetter, P., Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Smith, F., Solanki, V., Bennett, M., Pollick, F. and Muckli, L., 2016. Decoding emotional valence of sounds in early visual cortex. Journal of Vision, 16 (12), p. 472.

Petrini, K., Caradonna, A., Foster, C., Burgess, N. and Nardini, M., 2016. How vision and self-motion combine or compete during path reproduction changes with age. Scientific Reports, 6, 29163.

Petrini, K., Jones, P. R., Smith, L. and Nardini, M., 2015. Hearing where the eyes see:children use an irrelevant visual cue when localizing sounds. Child Development, 86 (5), pp. 1449-1457.

Garcia, S., Petrini, K., Rubin, G., Lyndon, D. C. and Nardini, M., 2015. Visual and Non-Visual Navigation in Blind Patients with a Retinal Prosthesis. PLoS ONE, 10 (7).

Piwek, L., Pollick, F. and Petrini, K., 2015. Audiovisual integration of emotional signals from others' social interactions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 611.

Petrini, K., Piwek, L., Crabbe, F., Pollick, F. E. and Garrod, S., 2014. Look at those two!:The precuneus role in unattended third-person perspective of social interactions. Human Brain Mapping, 35 (10), pp. 5190-5203.

Petrini, K., McAleer, P., Neary, C., Gillard, J. and Pollick, F. E., 2014. Experience in judging intent to harm modulates parahippocampal activity:An fMRI study with experienced CCTV operators. Cortex, 57, pp. 74-91.

Petrini, K., Caradonna, A., Foster, C., Burgess, N. and Nardini, M., 2014. The visual influence on path reproduction in darkness is stronger during childhood. Journal of Vision, 14 (10), p. 1345.

Nardini, M., Dekker, T. and Petrini, K., 2014. Crossmodal integration:A glimpse into the development of sensory remapping. Current Biology, 24 (11).

Petrini, K., Remark, A., Smith, L. and Nardini, M., 2014. When vision is not an option:children's integration of auditory and haptic information is suboptimal. Developmental Science, 17 (3), pp. 376-387.

Love, S. A., Petrini, K., Cheng, A. and Pollick, F. E., 2013. A psychophysical investigation of differences between synchrony and temporal order judgments. PLoS ONE, 8 (1), e54798.

Al-sharbati, M., Al-Adawi, S., Petrini, K., Bait Amer, A. S., Al-Suleimani, A., Al-Lawatiya, S., Zaidan, Z., Al-Adawi, S. S. and Al Hussaini, A.'a., 2012. Two-phase survey to determine social anxiety and gender differences in Omani adolescents. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 4 (2), pp. 131-139.

Petrini, K., Pollick, F. E., Dahl, S., McAleer, P., McKay, L. S., McKay, L., Rocchesso, D., Waadeland, C. H., Love, S., Avanzini, F. and Puce, A., 2011. Action expertise reduces brain activity for audiovisual matching actions:An fMRI study with expert drummers. NeuroImage, 56 (3), pp. 1480-92.

Al-maskari, M., Petrini, K., Al-zakwani, I., Al-adawi, S.h., Dorvlo, A.s. and Al-adawi, S., 2011. Mood dysfunction and health-related quality of life among type 2 diabetic patients in Oman: Preliminary study. International journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases, 1 (1), p. 56.

Petrini, K., Crabbe, F., Sheridan, C. and Pollick, F. E., 2011. The music of your emotions:Neural substrates involved in detection of emotional correspondence between auditory and visual music actions. PLoS ONE, 6 (4), e19165.

Petrini, K., McAleer, P. and Pollick, F., 2010. Audiovisual integration of emotional signals from music improvisation does not depend on temporal correspondence. Brain Research, 1323, pp. 139-48.

Petrini, K., Holt, S. P. and Pollick, F., 2010. Expertise with multisensory events eliminates the effect of biological motion rotation on audiovisual synchrony perception. Journal of Vision, 10 (5), p. 2.

Petrini, K., Dahl, S., Rocchesso, D., Waadeland, C. H., Avanzini, F., Puce, A. and Pollick, F. E., 2009. Multisensory integration of drumming actions:Musical expertise affects perceived audiovisual asynchrony. Experimental Brain Research, 198 (2-3), pp. 339-52.

Petrini, K., Russell, M. and Pollick, F., 2009. When knowing can replace seeing in audiovisual integration of actions. Cognition, 110 (3), pp. 432-9.

Logvinenko, A. D., Petrini, K. and Maloney, L. T., 2008. A scaling analysis of the snake lightness illusion. Perception & Psychophysics, 70 (5), pp. 828-40.

Petrini, K. and Tagliapietra, S., 2008. Cognitive maturation and the use of pitch and rate information in making similarity judgments of a single talker. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR), 51 (2), pp. 485-501.

Petrini, K., 2008. Multiplicative and additive Adelson's snake illusions. Perception, 37 (11), pp. 1621-36.

Petrini, K. and Da Pos, O., 2006. Determinants of perceived surface transparency in two-dimensional achromatic textured patterns. Perception, 35 (9), pp. 1203-18.

Petrini, K., 2002. Psicologi:Nuove qualita' professionali. Etica per le professioni, 3, pp. 95-100.


Bruno, G. L. and Petrini, K., 2002. Model-based experiments on hardness, in Perceptual Assessment of Models. Sob (The Sounding Object) Report Version 2.2..

Conference or Workshop Items

Bultitude, J. and Petrini, K., 2016. Spatial localisation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome under uni- and multi-sensory guidance. In: International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 16th World Congress on Pain, 2016-09-26 - 2016-09-30.

Regener, P., Love, S., Petrini, K. and Pollick, F., 2016. An fMRI investigation of audiovisual, auditory and visual processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jicol, C., Proulx, M., Pollick, F. and Petrini, K., 2016. Musical training modulates brain recalibration of audiovisual simultaneity. In: 9th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), 2016, 2016-08-28 - 2016-09-01.

Regener, P., Love, S., Petrini, K. and Pollick, F., 2015. Audiovisual temporal perception differences in autism spectrum disorder revealed by a model-based analysis.

Petrini, K., 2015. Prioritizing speed over accuracy in audiovisual integration of threatening stimuli.

Regener, P., Love, S., Petrini, K. and Pollick, F. E., 2014. Audiovisual processing differences in autism spectrum disorder revealed by a model-based analysis of simultaneity and temporal order judgments.

Garcia, S., Petrini, K., Lyndon, D. C., Rubin, G. and Nardini, M., 2014. Cue combination with a new sensory signal: multisensory processing in blind patients with a retinal prosthesis.

Petrini, K., Caradonna, A., Foster, C., Jones, P. R., Burgess, N., Smith, L. and Nardini, M., 2014. Ample but indiscriminate averaging of sensory cues in children: children use irrelevant visual cues in spatial tasks.

Garcia, S., Petrini, K., Lyndon, D. C., Rubin, G. and Nardini, M., 2014. Assessing improvements in perception afforded by retinal prostheses in multisensory tasks.

Petrini, K., Caradonna, A., Foster, C. and Nardini, M., 2014. Visual influence on path reproduction in darkness is stronger during childhood.

Bruno, G. L. and Petrini, K., 2003. Hardness recognition in synthetic sounds.

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