Colleagues in the Vision and Cognition research group explore fundamental issues of importance in vision and cognition.
Our particular interests span colour perception, face perception and visual search through to aesthetics, spatial navigation and motor control. In doing so, we have a wide range of technical expertise that includes the running of behavioural studies to measuring brain function and biochemical influences on brain function, visual perception and cognition.
The group provides a supportive environment for colleagues and postgraduate students.
We will be holding the Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference (VPDVP) conference here at Liverpool Hope, June 13-14. Please check out the Events tab for more information!
Dan's research interests are primarily in the field of human cognition, with a particular focus on human memory and more specifically memory for object location. He is interested in the impact of survival processing and animacy in human memory, the Temporal Contiguity effect and the impact of handheld Sat Nav devices on spatial memory.
Nick explores issues in face perception and visual attention. In addition, he explores a number of issues with an applied focus but doing so from a theoretically driven perspective. These issues range from the search for threats in x-ray baggage and real world scenes through to the spectatorship of pictorial art.
Neil’s research focuses on perception and action: eye-tracking and EEG investigations of prosthetic limb control; and the effects of anticipations on motor planning and emotional responses. Another line of research examines distortions in drawings of common objects (e.g. faces), and the influences of personality and situational factors on aesthetic experiences and judgements.
Nicola is interested in the impact of glucoregulation and ageing on cognition, particularly memory processing and executive functioning, in both typical and atypical populations. She is also interested in face perception and recognition, and the influence of individual differences on these concepts.
Letizia’s research in vision and cognition concerns two areas of investigation: (1) visual preference and aesthetics, with a focus on the interplay between visual and emotional processes in preference formation; (2) Emotion anticipation and low level “mindreading”. Current research issues include atypical social perception in autism and the role of embodied mechanisms in perceptual distortions of emotional facial expressions.
Galina’s research field is in visual perception; in particular, she specialises in colour vision psychophysics and colour cognition; another, non-mainstream, line of her research is perception of facial expressions of emotions and, more recently, the role of art expertise in appraisal of artworks.
Glen's research interests in cognitive psychology lie in working memory and academic attainment, particularly mathematical development in young children. As lab manager she is involved in projects with several academic staff members.
Yue's recent research interest is to understand how we form mental representations to guide attention during search tasks (e.g., operational monitoring in air traffic control, medical image reading, security screening). She is currently working on developing training programmes to improve the dual-target search.
Dr. Dan Clark
Exploring Survival Processing and Animacy in Human Memory, Investigating the Temporal Contiguity effect
Dr Davide Bruno, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moore University, UK
Exploring the Impact of Sat Nav Devices on Spatial Memory.
Dr Thomas Smyth, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK
Associate Professor Janet Speake, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Dr. Simon Davies
Prof. Nick Donnelly
He collaborates extensively with colleagues in the UK and the US. His current work includes projects funded by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) called ‘We’re in this together: Using evidence-based visual perception to enhance crowd resilience’ and the Department for Transport called ‘X-ray Baggage Screening Time on Task’.
Dr. Neil Harrison
Visual attention and EEG measures of prosthetic hand control: optimisation through gaze training (in collaboration with Dr Greg Wood, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr Johnny Parr)
Neural correlates of verbal-conscious and verbal non-conscious motor control (in collaboration with Dr Greg Wood, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr Johnny Parr
Readiness potentials, response times, and the automatic processing of affordances (in collaboration with Stefano Uccelli, University of Parma, Professor Nicola Bruno, University of Parma, and Dr Letizia Palumbo )
Liking and approach avoidance for abstract curvature using EEG (in collaboration with Dr Letizia Palumbo)
Context congruency effects in aesthetic evaluations of art works (in collaboration with Dr Letizia Palumbo)
Aesthetic perception of art and its relationship to connection with nature
Dr. Nicola Jones
The impact of glucoregulation on memory (in collaboration with Dr. Dan Clark)
Investigating executive functioning, ageing and glucoregulation using ERPs
Glucoregulation and visual search (in collaboration with Prof. Nick Donnelly and Prof. Kyle Cave, UMass)
Dr. Letizia Palumbo
Visual preference for symmetry and curvature in typical developed adults and autism (in collaboration with Dr Giulia Rampone and Dr Marco Bertamini, University of Liverpool).
Objects preference in autism (in collaboration with Prof Enric Munar, University of Balearic Islands, Spain).
Liking and approach avoidance for abstract curvature using EEG (in collaboration with Dr Neil Harrison).
Context congruency effects in aesthetic evaluations of art works (in collaboration with Dr Neil Harrison).
Perception of biological motion and its role on aesthetic evaluations of dance (in collaboration with Dr Neil Harrison).
Intergenerational effects of object semantics on colour preference (in collaboration with Prof Galina Paramei).
Embodied mechanisms in emotional anticipation using EMG and TMS (in collaboration with Dr Tjeerd Jellema, University of Hull and Dr Valentina Cazzato, Liverpool John Moores University).
Readiness potentials, response times, and the automatic processing of affordances (visiting PhD student Stefano Uccelli, from University of Parma, Italy. PhD supervisor: Prof Nicola Bruno. Project co-supervision in collaboration with Dr Neil Harrison).
Prof. Galina Paramei
The effect of colour on emotions read out from emoticons
Prof. Katsuaki Sakata: Department of Fine Arts, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan
Diatopic variation of the „Italian blues“: Estimating basicness. Modelling colour category volumes and boundaries
Prof. Gloria Menegaz: Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Italy
Prof. Maria M. Del Viva: Department of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Florence, Italy
Prof. Natalia L. Komarova: Department of Mathematics, University of California Irvine, USA
The effect of inversion of facial expressions of emotions
Dr. David L. Bimler: School of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
Assessing repeatability of the Cambridge Colour Test
Thiago M. P. Fernandes, PhD student: Department of Psychology, University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil
Dr. Yue Yue
Dual task search
Prof. Nick Donnelly
Prof. Kyle Cave (University of Massachusetts)
Liverpool Hope, June 13-14th 2019
Sponsored by the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA)
The 5th edition of the Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference (VPDVP) workshop will take place at Liverpool Hope University (Hope Park Campus) on 13-14 June 2019. We are happy to confirm the following keynote presentations.
Johan Wagemans (University of Leuven, Belgium)
“Aesthetics in the wild: What we can learn from multi-method museum studies”
Chris McManus (UCL, UK)
“People differ ...?”
Edward Vessel (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany)
“Embracing an interactionist view of aesthetic preference”
Since 2015, VPDVP has provided the forum to explore preference for a variety of visual properties, including symmetry, fractals, natural statistics and smooth curvature. More information on previous editions can be found here: www.bertamini.org/lab/vpdvp.html
Whilst keeping the same format (i.e. presentations and round table discussion), this year we explore empirical aesthetics and visual preference in relation to individual differences, mental health and wellbeing. We value the use of multidisciplinary approaches to address these questions; therefore, professionals and collaborators working in visual arts, architecture and design are encouraged to attend the workshop.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED.
For your convenience, see below useful links to book an accommodation at walking distance from the workshop venue (Conference Centre, Liverpool Hope University)
Thursday 13th June
Dr Marco Bertamini, Dr Letizia Palumbo (Chair)
Dr Marco Bertamini, Prof Nicholas Donnelly, Dr Neil Harrison, Dr Alexis Makin, Dr Letizia Palumbo, Prof Galina Paramei, Dr Giulia Rampone, Mr Tobiasz Trawinski.
Click here to download the VPDVP 2019 Programme