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Hur,Y-J., Gerger,G., Leder,H., McManus,I.C. (2018) Facing the sublime: Physiological correlates of the relationship between fear and the sublime, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aca0000204

Chamberlain,R., Brunswick,N., Siev,S. and McManus,I.C. (2018) Meta-analytic findings reveal lower means but higher variances in visuospatial ability in dyslexia, British Journal of Psychology, 109(4), 897-916.


Page,A.L., McManus,I.C., González,C.P. and Chahboun,C. (2017) Is Beauty in the Hand of the Writer? Influences of Aesthetic Preferences through Script Directions, Cultural, and Neurological Factors: A Literature Review, Frontiers in Psychology, 03 August 2017 |

Chahboun,S., Flumini,A, Peréz-González,C., McManus,I.C. and Santiago,J. (2017) Reading and writing direction effects on the aesthetic appreciation of photographs, Laterality: 22(3), 313-339.Rankin,Q., Riley,H., Brunswick,N., McManus,I.C. and Chamberlain,R. (2017) Talking the line: Inclusive strategies for the teaching of drawing, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 2: 287-304

Hur,Y.-J. and McManus,I.C. (2017) Representing the sublime in the VIMAP and empirical aesthetics: Reviving Edmund Burke's A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful [...] Physics of Life Reviews, 21 (July 2017), 135-137


J. Abeln, L. Fresz, S. A. Amirshahi, I. C. McManus, M. Koch, H. Kreysa, and C. Redies (2016) Preference for well-balanced saliency in details cropped from photographs Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9:704 doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00704


R. Chamberlain, I. C. McManus, N. Brunswick, Q. Rankin, and H. Riley (2015). Scratching the Surface: Practice, Personality, Approaches to Learning, and the Acquisition of High-Level Representational Drawing AbilityPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 9(4), 451-462. 


R. Chamberlain, I. C. McManus, N. Brunswick, Q. Rankin, H. Riley, and R. Kanai (2014). Drawing on the right side of the brain: a voxel-based morphometry analysis of observational drawing. NeuroImage 96:167-173.

R. Chamberlain, I. C. McManus, H. Riley, and Q. Rankin. Cain's House Task Revisited and Revived: Extending Theory and Methodology for Quantifying Drawing Accuracy (2014). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts 8 (2):152-167.

I. C. McManus and K. Stöver (2014) 'Mute, motionless, variegated rectangles': aesthetics and photography. In: The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts, edited by P. P. L. Tinio and J. K. Smith, Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, p. 243-276.


I. C. McManus. (2013) iMAP and iMAP2 produce erroneous statistical maps of eye-movement differences Perception 42 (10):1075-1084.

Chamberlain, R., McManus, I.C., Riley,H., Rankin, Q. and Brunswick, N. (2013) Local Processing Enhancements Associated with Superior Observational Drawing are Due to Enhanced Perceptual Functioning, not Weak Central Coherence. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(7):1448-1466.

McManus,I.C., Wu,Wen (2013) "The Square Is … Bulky, Heavy, Contented, Plain, Good-Natured, Stupid …": A Cross-Cultural Study of the Aesthetics and Meanings of Rectangles, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 7(2), 130-139, 2013. 

McManus,I.C. (2013) "The anti-developmental, the anti-narrative, the anti-historical": Mondrian as a paradigmatic artist for empirical aesthetics. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2):152-153.


McManus, I.C., Chamberlain, R., Christopherson, C., Prince-Mobbs, L., Roinson, M. and Stelk, I. (2012) Six tea-towels, one calendar and 1659 children's self-portraits: A developmental study of children drawing facesPoster presented at ECVP, Algherro, Sardinia, September 2012

Chamberlain, R, Riley, H., McManus, I.C., Rankin, Q. and Brunswick, N. (2012) The perceptual foundations of drawing ability, Paper presented at the Columbia conference on Drawing and Cognition, October 2011.


Suitner, C, and McManus, I.C. (2011) Aesthetic asymmetries, spatial agency, and art history: A social psychological perspective, pp 277-301 in Spatial dimensions of social thought, edited by Thomas W Schubert and Anne Maas, Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

McManus, I.C. (2011)  'Beauty is instinctive feeling': Experimenting on aesthetics and art, pp.169-189  in The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and psychology, edited by Elizabeth Schellekens and Peter Goldie, Oxford University Press.

McManus, I.C., Stöever, K. and Kim, Do. (2011) Arnheim's Gestalt theory of visual balance: Examining the compositional structure of art photographs and abstract images, i-Perception 2(6) 615-647. Note: Due to an error at the proof stage, figure 3 has the correct caption but the wrong image. Click here for the correct image.

McManus, I.C.,  Zhou, A., I'Anson, S., Waterfield, L., Stöver, K. and Cook, R. (2011) The psychometrics of photographic cropping: the influence of colour, meaning, and expertise. Perception 40:332-357, 2011.

McManus,I.C. Simmetria e Asimmetria in Estetica e nell'Arte in the online journal Cultor.   (An Italian translation of McManus, I. C. (2005). Symmetry and asymmetry in aesthetics and the arts. European Review, 13 (Supplement 2), 157-180).

McManus,I.C, Loo,P-W., Chamberlain,R., Riley,H. and Brunswick,N.  Does shape constancy relate to drawing ability? Two failures to replicate, Empirical Studies of the Arts, 29: 191-208.

H. Riley, N. Brunswick, R. Chamberlain, I. C. McManus, and Q. Rankin. Inclusive practice: Research the relationship between mathematical ability and drawing ability in art students, London: RCA, 2011:Include 2011 Proceedings (available at http://include11.kinetixevents.co.uk/rca/rca2011/paper_final/F406_1469.DOC), 2011.

McManus, I.C., Jonvik, H.,  Richards,P. and Paice. E. (2011) Vocation and avocation: leisure activities correlate with professional engagement, but not burnout, in a cross-sectional study of UK doctors. BMC Medicine  9:100 (www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/9/100).


McManus, I.C. and Furnham,A. (2010) 'Fun, fun, fun': Types of fun, attitudes to fun, and their relation to personality and biographical factors, Psychology, 1: 159-168

McManus,I.C.,  Cook,R. and Hunt, A. Beyond the Golden Section and normative Aesthetics: Why do individuals differ so much in their aesthetic preferences for rectangles? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 4: 113-126.

McManus, I. C., Chamberlain, R., Loo, P-W., Rankin, Q., Riley, H., Brunswick, N. (2010) Art students who cannot draw: Exploring the relations between drawing ability, visual memory, accuracy of copying, and dyslexia, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 4: 18-30.


McManus,I.C. (2009) Beauty, The Psychologist, November 2009, p.923. See also http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2009/10/chris-mcmanus-beauty.html.


McManus, I. C. (2008). Charles Dickens: A neglected diagnosis. Dickens Quarterly, 25, 98-106.


McManus, I. C. & Thomas, P. (2007). Eye-centring in portraits: a theoretical and empirical evaluation. Perception, 36, 167-182.

Swami, V., Grant, N., Furnham, A., & McManus, I. C. (2007). Perfectly formed? The effect of manipulating the waist-to-hip ratios of famous paintings and sculptures. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 27, 47-62.


McManus, I. C. (2006). Measuring the culture of C P Snow's Two Cultures. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 24, 219-227.

McManus, I. C. & Furnham, A. (2006). Aesthetic activities and aesthetic attitudes: Influences of education, background and personality on interest and involvement in the arts. British Journal of Psychology, 97, 555-587.


McManus, I. C. (2005). Symmetry and asymmetry in aesthetics and the arts. European Review, 13 (Supplement 2), 157-180. [1.13 MB pdf]


McManus, I. C. (2004). Right-left and the scrotum in Greek sculpture. Laterality, 9, 189-199.

McManus, I. C., Buckman, J., & Woolley, E. (2004). Is light in pictures presumed to come from the left side? Perception, 33, 1421-1436.

McManus, I. C. & Drury, H. (2004). The handedness of Leonardo da Vinci: a tale of the complexities of lateralisation. Brain and Cognition, 55, 262-268.


McManus, I. C. (2001). Charles Dickens: A neglected diagnosis? Lancet, 358, 2158-2161.


McManus, I. C. (1999). Colour word usage within languages follows the Berlin and Kay ordering [Commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 724.

McManus, I. C. (1999). The eye captures... Current Biology, 9, R390-R391.

McManus, I. C. (1999). Humphrey, N. 'Cave art, autism, and the evolution of the human mind' [Commentary]. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6, 133-134.


McManus, I. C. (1998). Humphrey, N. 'Cave art, autism, and the evolution of the human mind' [Commentary]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 8, 183-184.


McManus, I. C. (1997). A monochrome view of colour [Commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 20, 204.

McManus, I. C. (1997). Half a million basic colour words: Berlin and Kay and the usage of colour words in literature and science. Perception, 26, 367-370.

McManus, I. C. (1997). Lifeline. Lancet, 349, 1922.

McManus, I. C. (1997). Physician-poets. Lancet, 349, 655.

McManus, I. C. & Weatherby, P. (1997). The golden section and the aesthetics of form and composition: a cognitive model. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 15, 209-232. [1.99 MB pdf]


McManus, I. C. (1995). Humanity and the medical humanities. Lancet, 346, 1143-1145.

McManus, I. C. & Kitson, C. M. (1995). Compositional geometry in pictures. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 13, 73-94.[2.2Mb]


McManus, I. C. (1994). Department of theatrical medicine? [Editorial]. Lancet, 344, 767.


Douse, N. A. & McManus, I. C. (1993). The personality of fantasy game players. British Journal of Psychology, 84, 505-509.

McManus, I. C., Cheema, B., & Stoker, J. (1993). The aesthetics of composition: a study of Mondrian. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 11, 83-94.


 McManus, I. C., Edmondson, D., & Rodger, J. (1985). Balance in pictures. British Journal of Psychology, 76, 311-324.


McManus, I. C. (1984). In defence of poesie. St. Mary's Gazette, 90, 14-15.


McManus, I. C. (1983). Basic colour terms in literature. Language and Speech, 26, 247-252.


McManus, I. C. (1981). Book reviews [Review of the book Perception of pictures vol 1: Alberti's window - the projective model of pictorial information]. British Journal of Psychology, 72, 514-515.

McManus, I. C., Jones, A. L., & Cottrell, J. (1981). The aesthetics of colour. Perception, 10, 651-666. [1.54 MB pdf]


McManus, I. C. (1980). The aesthetics of simple figures. British Journal of Psychology, 71, 505-524.


Hedgecoe, J., Tresidder, J. & Platt, J. (1978). The art of colour photography [Scientific consultant]. London: Mitchell Beazley.


McManus, I. C. (1976). Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture. Nature, 259, 426. [1.67 MB pdf]


Blount, P., Holmes, J., Rodger, J., Coltheart, M., & McManus, I. C. (1975). On the ability to discriminate original from mirror-image reproductions of works of art. Perception, 4, 385-389.

McManus, I. C. (1975). Life expectation of Italian renaissance artists. Lancet, 305, 266-267.


Humphrey, N. K. & McManus, I. C. (1973). Status and the left cheek. New Scientist, 59, 437-439.

McManus, I. C. & Humphrey, N. K. (1973). Turning the left cheek. Nature, 243, 271-272.


McManus, I. C. (1972). An experimental analysis of aesthetic responses of human subjects to rectangles. (Unpublished BA thesis, University of Cambridge). [2.07 MB pdf]