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Faculty of Science conference round-up

Psychology conferences Monday 11 September 2017

Colleagues from the Faculty of Science have travelled across Europe representing Liverpool Hope University at several conferences.

Professor Galina Paramei, from the Psychology department, gave a talk at the 24th Biennial Symposium of the International Colour Vision Society in Erlangen, Germany.

Entitled Chromatic Sensitivity in Dyslexia, the talk was co-authored by undergraduate dissertation student Joseph Black and Dr Lorna Bourke, who supervised dyslexia testing of participants.

The project is being carried out in cooperation with Professor John L Barbur, of City University London, who developed the Colour Assessment and Diagnosis (CAD) test that was used for data collection.

In addition to her presentation, Professor Paramei chaired the 'Colour Cognition' session.

Professor Paramei also participated in the 40th European Conference on Visual Perception in Berlin, Germany.

She presented two posters; Contrast discrimination near threshold at different spatial frequencies and Eye-movement parameters reflect visual complexity and aesthetic appraisal of car fronts: Replication with a Russian sample.

The former is based on ongoing cooperation with Dr Kaisa Tiippana (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Professor Hans Strasburger (Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany), and the latter is the outcome of a research project supervised by Professor Paramei, which is being carried out by PhD student Artem Kovalev at the Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Dr Giulia Rampone also presented a poster; A neurophysiological response to symmetry is formed through the integration of partial transient information over parieto-occipital regions. The poster is co-authored by colleagues from the School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Semir Tatildil, Adel Ferrari, Marco Bertamini and Alexis Makin.

Psychology staff members were also well represented at the 5th European Visual Science of Art Conference in Berlin, Germany.

Dr Letizia Palumbo gave a talk entitled Preference and approach response for smooth curvature: An ERP study, while Dr Neil Harrison presented a poster on The influence of graphic long-term memories on face depiction accuracy is attenuated for trained versus untrained drawers. The poster was co-authored by Richard Russell, Dr Harrison's UG dissertation student in 2015/16. 

Elsewhere, Lecturer in Sport Psychology Dr Stefan Koehn attended the International Society of Sport Psychology conference in Seville, Spain.

Dr Koehn hosted a symposium on Flow in Sport: Relationships and Measurements and presented several talks on the impact of coaching behaviours, the relationship between psychological needs, and cognitive appraisals, emotions and reinvestment.

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