Members of the Psychology department have been showcasing their research at conferences across the globe.
Professor Galina Paramei attended the 41st European Conference on Visual Perception held in Trieste, Italy, where she presented a poster Diatopic variation in the referential meaning of the ‘Italian blues’, resulting from her research project in collaboration with Professor Gloria Menegaz, University of Verona, Italy. Professor Paramei's other poster, Color affects recognition of emoticon expression, presented results of her collaboration project with Professor Katsuaki Sakata and their MSc student Songyang Liao, University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan.
Elsewhere, Dr Letizia Palumbo reported results of her research on Visual preference for abstract curvature and interior design in neurotypical development and high functioning autism, at the Biennial Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics in Toronto, Canada. Meanwhile, Dr Neil Harrison presented his poster - Grid lines improve the accuracy of face depiction for novice drawers - at the 6th (European) Visual Science of Art Conference in Trieste, Italy.
Continuing the theme of international research and collaboration, the department recently welcomed Professor Maria Del Viva, Psychologist and Biophysicist from the University of Florence, Italy.
Professor Del Viva visited Liverpool Hope to launch a research project collaboration on colour naming and colour preferences with Professor Galina Paramei. During her stay, Professor Del Viva gave a talk on ‘Pupillary response to paintings of the sun’ at a Psychology research seminar, which sparked a lively discussion among attendees.
An Erasmus Agreement between the University of Florence and Liverpool Hope University, which foresees academic exchange of Psychology staff and Master's students, was also proposed and is being formalised as a consequence of Professor Del Viva’s visit.