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Overview

Aesthetic appreciation is uniquely human and it is a central aspect of our life. We constantly evaluate the surrounding environment and we establish (often unconsciously) what we like and dislike. Preference for social features (face/body attractiveness) and human-made products (artworks, architecture, fashion and design) has a great impact on our everyday decisions. Research in Psychology and Neuro-aesthetics aims to identify and explain mental and neural processes underpinning aesthetic experience in connection with personal and cultural factors. Current projects also investigate for the first time visual preference in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in collaboration with Autism Together. The impact of this research will be measured in terms of improvement of ASD individuals’ wellbeing by enhancing phenomena of appreciation for the environmental context in which they live. If you wish to receive updates on this projects, please contact Dr Letizia Palumbo.

The Aesthetic Brain Research Group (AeBRG) at Liverpool Hope University is a team of active researchers interested in perceptual and cognitive processes involved in pleasant and unpleasant responses for a variety of visual stimuli (abstract and figurative) as well as in the production of artistic material.  We investigate these topics using behavioural and electrophysiological measures (EEG and EMG).

If you are interested in getting involved in our research projects as student or research partner, we encourage you to contact Dr Letizia Palumbo

 

  

 

 

Dr Letizia Palumbo (Group Leader)

palumbl@hope.ac.uk

Dr Letizia Palumbo   

A series of on-going projects, led by Dr Letizia Palumbo, examines the role that perceptual processing of visual features (object contour line, symmetry, texture and visual complexity), sensorimotor and emotional responses might play on preference formation in typical developed individuals and Autism.

 

Prof Galina Paramei

parameg@hope.ac.uk

Another research line, led by Prof Galina Paramei, investigates aesthetic appraisal of representational vs. abstract artworks in relation to both statistical properties of images and viewer’s expertise.

 

Dr Neil Harrison

harrisn@hope.ac.uk

Dr Neil Harrison

Dr Neil R. Harrison is interested in the errors that people make when they are producing drawings. In particular, he is conducting experiments to investigate the influence of graphic long term memories and attention on errors in the depiction of human faces.  

Dr Harrison is also studying intense emotional responses to works of art. He has shown that levels of dispositional mindfulness are associated with the frequency of intense emotional responses to the arts, and is conducting further experimental investigations on this topic.

 

Dr Giulia Rampone

rampong@hope.ac.uk

Dr Giulia Rampone is interested on the relationship between visual regularities and aesthetic, and the (causal) role of attention on visual preference. Dr Rampone uses behavioural, EEG and Eye-tracking techniques. 

Collaborators

Faculty collaborators

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr Stewart Blakeway

Dr Andrew Foulkes

Dr Anna Kirpichnikova 

 

External collaborators:

Dr Marco Bertamini (University of Liverpool, UK)

Dr David Bimler (Massey University, New Zealand)

Dr Emma Gowen (University of Manchester, UK)

Prof Enric Munar (Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Spain)

Dr Ellen Poliakoff (University of Manchester, UK)

Prof Christoph Redies (University of Jena, Germany)

Prof Paul Silvia (University of North Carolina, USA)

 

Partners:

Publications

Publications:

 

Dr Letizia Palumbo

Cotter, K. N., Silvia, P. J., Bertamini, M., Palumbo, L., & Vartanian, O. (2017). Curve Appeal: Exploring Individual Differences in Preference for Curved Versus Angular Objects. i-Perception, 8(2), 1-17.

Makin A.D.J., Wright, D., Rampone, G., Palumbo, L., Guest, M.,Sheehan, R., Cleaver, H., & Bertamini, M. (2016). An electrophysiological index of perceptual goodness. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw255.

Palumbo, L., & Bertamini, M. (2016). The curvature effect: a comparison between preference tasks. Empirical Studies of the Art, 34, 35-52.

Palumbo, L., Bertamini, M., & Makin, A. J. (2015). Scaling of the extrastriate neural response to symmetry. Vision Research, 117, 1-8.

Palumbo, L., Odgen, R., Makin, A., J., & Bertamini, M. (2015). Does preference for abstract patterns relate to information processing and perceived duration? i-Perception, 6(5), 1-16.

Palumbo, L., Ruta, N., & Bertamini, M. (2015). Comparing angular and curved shapes in terms of implicit associations and approach/avoidance responses. PLoS One, 10(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140043.

Bertamini, M., Palumbo, L., Gheorghes, T., N., & Galatsidas, M. (2015). Do observers like curvature or do they dislike angularity? British Journal of Psychology, DOI:10.1111/bjop.12132.

Bertamini, M. & Palumbo, L. (2015).
 The aesthetics of curvature in historical context. In Art and its role in the history of the Balkans (between durability and transientisms)Published by Faculty of Philosophy, Kosovska Mitrovica, University of Pristina. ISBN: 978-86-6349-034-5

 

Prof Galina Paramei

Paramei G. V., & van Leeuwen, C., Eds. (2013-2016). Color and form perception: Straddling the boundary. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:104.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00104http://www.frontiersin.org/books/Color_and_Form_Perception_Straddling_the_Boundary/891

Bimler, D. L., Snellock, M., & Paramei G. V. Art expertise in construing meaning of representational and abstract artworks (in preparation).

Paramei, G. V., D’Orsi, M., & Menegaz G. (2016). ‘Italian blues’: Does bilingualism modulate colour categories? Journal of the International Colour Association, 15 (accepted, minor revision).

Paggetti, G., Menegaz, G., & Paramei G. V. (2016). Color naming in Italian language. Color Research & Application, 41. Early View, doi: 10.1002/col.21953.

Chassy, P., Lindell, T. A. E., Jones, J., & Paramei G. V. (2015). A relationship between visual complexity and aesthetic appraisal of car front images: An eye-tracker study. Perception, 44,1085-1097.

Paramei, G. V., D’Orsi, M., & Menegaz, G. (2014). ‘Italian blues’: A challenge to the universal inventory of basic colour terms. Journal of the International Colour Association, 13, 27-35.

Paramei, G. V., & Oakley, B. (2014). Variation of chromatic discrimination across the lifespan. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 31, A375-A384.

Bimler, D. L., Paramei, G. V., Feitosa-Santana, C., Oiwa, N., & Ventura, D. F. (2014). Saturation-specific pattern of acquired colour vision deficiency in two clinical populations revealed by the method of triads. Color Research & Application, 39, 125-135.

Mylonas, D., Paramei, G. V., & MacDonald, L. (2014). Gender differences in colour naming. In: W. Anderson, C. P. Biggam, C. A. Hough, C. J. Kay (Eds.), Colour Studies: A Broad Spectrum (pp. 225-239). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

 

Dr Neil Harrison

Harrison, N.R., Jones, J., & Davies, S. (2017). Systematic distortions in vertical placement of features in drawings of faces and houses. i-Perception, 8, 1-13.

Harrison, N. R., & Clark, D. (2016). The observing facet of trait mindfulness predicts frequency of aesthetic experiences evoked by the arts. Mindfulness, doi:10.1007/s12671-016-0536-6.

 

Dr Giulia Rampone

Makin A.D.J., Wright, D., Rampone, G., Palumbo, L., Guest, M., Sheehan, R., Cleaver, H., & Bertamini, M. (2016). An electrophysiological index of perceptual goodness. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw255.

Rampone, G., O’Sullivan, N., & Bertamini, M. (2016). The Role of Visual Eccentricity on Preference for Abstract Symmetry. PloS one11(4): e0154428. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154428

Rampone, G., Makin, A.D.J. & Bertamini, M. (2014). Electrophysiological analysis of the affective congruence between pattern regularity and word valence. Neuropsychologia, 58, 107–117.

 Bertamini, M. Makin, A.D.J., & Rampone, G. (2013). Implicit association of symmetry with positive valence, high arousal and simplicity. i-Perception, 4(5) 317-327.

Conferences

European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) & Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC 2017)https://vsac2017.org/

 

Neuroscience Day 2016https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/liverpool-neuroscience-day

 

European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) & Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC 2016)http://www.ub.edu/ecvp/about-vsac

http://www.hope.ac.uk/news/newsitems/staffandstudentspresentpostersateuropeanconferenceonvisualperception.html

 

International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA 2016)http://www.science-of-aesthetics.org/

 

Progress in Colour Studies 2016http://pics2016.uk/

Overview

Aesthetic appreciation is uniquely human and it is a central aspect of our life. We constantly evaluate the surrounding environment and we establish (often unconsciously) what we like and dislike. Preference for social features (face/body attractiveness) and human-made products (artworks, architecture, fashion and design) has a great impact on our everyday decisions. Research in Psychology and Neuro-aesthetics aims to identify and explain mental and neural processes underpinning aesthetic experience in connection with personal and cultural factors. Current projects also investigate for the first time visual preference in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in collaboration with Autism Together. The impact of this research will be measured in terms of improvement of ASD individuals’ wellbeing by enhancing phenomena of appreciation for the environmental context in which they live. If you wish to receive updates on this projects, please contact Dr Letizia Palumbo.

The Aesthetic Brain Research Group (AeBRG) at Liverpool Hope University is a team of active researchers interested in perceptual and cognitive processes involved in pleasant and unpleasant responses for a variety of visual stimuli (abstract and figurative) as well as in the production of artistic material.  We investigate these topics using behavioural and electrophysiological measures (EEG and EMG).

If you are interested in getting involved in our research projects as student or research partner, we encourage you to contact Dr Letizia Palumbo

 

  

 

 

Dr Letizia Palumbo (Group Leader)

palumbl@hope.ac.uk

Dr Letizia Palumbo   

A series of on-going projects, led by Dr Letizia Palumbo, examines the role that perceptual processing of visual features (object contour line, symmetry, texture and visual complexity), sensorimotor and emotional responses might play on preference formation in typical developed individuals and Autism.

 

Prof Galina Paramei

parameg@hope.ac.uk

Another research line, led by Prof Galina Paramei, investigates aesthetic appraisal of representational vs. abstract artworks in relation to both statistical properties of images and viewer’s expertise.

 

Dr Neil Harrison

harrisn@hope.ac.uk

Dr Neil Harrison

Dr Neil R. Harrison is interested in the errors that people make when they are producing drawings. In particular, he is conducting experiments to investigate the influence of graphic long term memories and attention on errors in the depiction of human faces.  

Dr Harrison is also studying intense emotional responses to works of art. He has shown that levels of dispositional mindfulness are associated with the frequency of intense emotional responses to the arts, and is conducting further experimental investigations on this topic.

 

Dr Giulia Rampone

rampong@hope.ac.uk

Dr Giulia Rampone is interested on the relationship between visual regularities and aesthetic, and the (causal) role of attention on visual preference. Dr Rampone uses behavioural, EEG and Eye-tracking techniques. 

Collaborators

Faculty collaborators

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr Stewart Blakeway

Dr Andrew Foulkes

Dr Anna Kirpichnikova 

 

External collaborators:

Dr Marco Bertamini (University of Liverpool, UK)

Dr David Bimler (Massey University, New Zealand)

Dr Emma Gowen (University of Manchester, UK)

Prof Enric Munar (Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Spain)

Dr Ellen Poliakoff (University of Manchester, UK)

Prof Christoph Redies (University of Jena, Germany)

Prof Paul Silvia (University of North Carolina, USA)

 

Partners:

Publications

Publications:

 

Dr Letizia Palumbo

Cotter, K. N., Silvia, P. J., Bertamini, M., Palumbo, L., & Vartanian, O. (2017). Curve Appeal: Exploring Individual Differences in Preference for Curved Versus Angular Objects. i-Perception, 8(2), 1-17.

Makin A.D.J., Wright, D., Rampone, G., Palumbo, L., Guest, M.,Sheehan, R., Cleaver, H., & Bertamini, M. (2016). An electrophysiological index of perceptual goodness. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw255.

Palumbo, L., & Bertamini, M. (2016). The curvature effect: a comparison between preference tasks. Empirical Studies of the Art, 34, 35-52.

Palumbo, L., Bertamini, M., & Makin, A. J. (2015). Scaling of the extrastriate neural response to symmetry. Vision Research, 117, 1-8.

Palumbo, L., Odgen, R., Makin, A., J., & Bertamini, M. (2015). Does preference for abstract patterns relate to information processing and perceived duration? i-Perception, 6(5), 1-16.

Palumbo, L., Ruta, N., & Bertamini, M. (2015). Comparing angular and curved shapes in terms of implicit associations and approach/avoidance responses. PLoS One, 10(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140043.

Bertamini, M., Palumbo, L., Gheorghes, T., N., & Galatsidas, M. (2015). Do observers like curvature or do they dislike angularity? British Journal of Psychology, DOI:10.1111/bjop.12132.

Bertamini, M. & Palumbo, L. (2015).
 The aesthetics of curvature in historical context. In Art and its role in the history of the Balkans (between durability and transientisms)Published by Faculty of Philosophy, Kosovska Mitrovica, University of Pristina. ISBN: 978-86-6349-034-5

 

Prof Galina Paramei

Paramei G. V., & van Leeuwen, C., Eds. (2013-2016). Color and form perception: Straddling the boundary. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:104.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00104http://www.frontiersin.org/books/Color_and_Form_Perception_Straddling_the_Boundary/891

Bimler, D. L., Snellock, M., & Paramei G. V. Art expertise in construing meaning of representational and abstract artworks (in preparation).

Paramei, G. V., D’Orsi, M., & Menegaz G. (2016). ‘Italian blues’: Does bilingualism modulate colour categories? Journal of the International Colour Association, 15 (accepted, minor revision).

Paggetti, G., Menegaz, G., & Paramei G. V. (2016). Color naming in Italian language. Color Research & Application, 41. Early View, doi: 10.1002/col.21953.

Chassy, P., Lindell, T. A. E., Jones, J., & Paramei G. V. (2015). A relationship between visual complexity and aesthetic appraisal of car front images: An eye-tracker study. Perception, 44,1085-1097.

Paramei, G. V., D’Orsi, M., & Menegaz, G. (2014). ‘Italian blues’: A challenge to the universal inventory of basic colour terms. Journal of the International Colour Association, 13, 27-35.

Paramei, G. V., & Oakley, B. (2014). Variation of chromatic discrimination across the lifespan. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 31, A375-A384.

Bimler, D. L., Paramei, G. V., Feitosa-Santana, C., Oiwa, N., & Ventura, D. F. (2014). Saturation-specific pattern of acquired colour vision deficiency in two clinical populations revealed by the method of triads. Color Research & Application, 39, 125-135.

Mylonas, D., Paramei, G. V., & MacDonald, L. (2014). Gender differences in colour naming. In: W. Anderson, C. P. Biggam, C. A. Hough, C. J. Kay (Eds.), Colour Studies: A Broad Spectrum (pp. 225-239). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

 

Dr Neil Harrison

Harrison, N.R., Jones, J., & Davies, S. (2017). Systematic distortions in vertical placement of features in drawings of faces and houses. i-Perception, 8, 1-13.

Harrison, N. R., & Clark, D. (2016). The observing facet of trait mindfulness predicts frequency of aesthetic experiences evoked by the arts. Mindfulness, doi:10.1007/s12671-016-0536-6.

 

Dr Giulia Rampone

Makin A.D.J., Wright, D., Rampone, G., Palumbo, L., Guest, M., Sheehan, R., Cleaver, H., & Bertamini, M. (2016). An electrophysiological index of perceptual goodness. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw255.

Rampone, G., O’Sullivan, N., & Bertamini, M. (2016). The Role of Visual Eccentricity on Preference for Abstract Symmetry. PloS one11(4): e0154428. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154428

Rampone, G., Makin, A.D.J. & Bertamini, M. (2014). Electrophysiological analysis of the affective congruence between pattern regularity and word valence. Neuropsychologia, 58, 107–117.

 Bertamini, M. Makin, A.D.J., & Rampone, G. (2013). Implicit association of symmetry with positive valence, high arousal and simplicity. i-Perception, 4(5) 317-327.

Conferences

European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) & Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC 2017)https://vsac2017.org/

 

Neuroscience Day 2016https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/liverpool-neuroscience-day

 

European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) & Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC 2016)http://www.ub.edu/ecvp/about-vsac

http://www.hope.ac.uk/news/newsitems/staffandstudentspresentpostersateuropeanconferenceonvisualperception.html

 

International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA 2016)http://www.science-of-aesthetics.org/

 

Progress in Colour Studies 2016http://pics2016.uk/