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Professor Galina Paramei chairs forum for leading conference

Thursday 29 September 2016

Psychology Professor Galina Paramei chaired the Programme Committee of the Progress in Colour Studies 2016 (PICS2016), an international quadrennial conference held at University College London.

PICS is a multidisciplinary forum on recent and on-going research on colour, including perception, cognition; linguistics, psycholinguistics; imaging; illumination, optics, photography; architecture, heritage; conservation and materials.

The conference included presentations by four keynote speakers, who are world-renowned in their research area; Professor Semir Zeki, Cortical Mechanisms of Vision, UCL, London; Dr Carole Biggam, Historical Colour Semantics, University of Glasgow; Professor Jan Koenderink, Colour Vision Psychophysics, University of Leuven, Belgium; and Dr Kimberly Jameson Colour Cognition, University of California, Irvine, USA.

As part of the Colour Cognition session, Professor Paramei also delivered a talk on Diatopic variation in referential meaning of the ‘Italian blues’. The research results are based on her ongoing collaborative study with Associate Professor Gloria Menegaz from the University of Verona, Italy, where Professor Paramei was a Visiting Professor from May-June 2014.

Professor Paramei will also be leading co-editor, along with Carole Biggam and Lindsay MacDonald, of a post-PICS2016 book with the provisional title Progress in Colour Studies: Vision, Cognition and Language. The book is to be published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam) in 2018, as a sequel to the books post-PICS-2004, 2008 and 2012.

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