Dr Letizia Palumbo
SENIOR LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY
0151 291 3074 .
As part of the Vision and Cognition Research Group, my research focuses on visual preference and aesthetics. I examine the interplay between perceptual, emotional and cognitive processes on preference for object properties (i.e. smooth curvature, symmetry, complexity) interior design and artworks by considering individual differences, personality and expertise.
With other colleagues in the Department, and in collaboration with TATE Liverpool, I am involved in a research project investigating how visitors engage with artworks using eye tracker in the real gallery context.
I am also interested in implicit processes of social cognition. For example, I investigate how anticipating mental states can bias the perception of social stimuli (i.e., facial expressions) in neurotypical individuals and autism.
Students interested in pursuing a PhD programme with me in the research areas above are encouraged to contact me.
My teaching includes
- Research Design and Analysis (seminar, first year);
- Experimental Design and Programming (seminar, first year);
- Vision and Cognition (lecture series, second year);
- Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts (elective seminar, third year);
- Future Challenges for Psychology (lecture series, third year);
- Specialist options at Master level.
In terms of administration responsibilities within the Psychology Department, I coordinate the PG provision and I am a member of the Academic Committee.
- Palumbo, L., Harrison, N. R., Trawinski, T., Kass, J., Metelmann, A. C., Bari, R. S. G., & Donnelly, N. (2023). Visual exploration mediates the influence of personal traits on responses to artworks in an art gallery setting. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000529
- Palumbo, L. (2022). Implicit measures in the aesthetic domain. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of empirical aesthetics. Oxford University Press.
- Malvica, S., Palumbo, L., & Cazzato, V. (2022). I feel like I am in that place and I would like to see more: Aesthetic and embodiment components of tourist destination image. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000509
- Wincenciak, J., Palumbo, L., Epihova, G., Barraclough, N. E., & Jellema, T. (2022). Are adaptation aftereffects for facial emotional expressions affected by prior knowledge about the emotion?. Cognition and Emotion, 1-14.
- Vartanian, O., Navarrete, G., Palumbo, L., & Chatterjee, A. (2021). Individual differences in preference for architectural interiors. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 101668.
- Chuquichambi, E. G., Palumbo, L., Rey, C., & Munar, E. (2021). Shape familiarity modulates preference for curvature in drawings of common-use objects. PeerJ, 9, e11772.
- Palumbo, L., Rampone, G., & Bertamini, M. (2021). The role of gender and academic degree on preference for smooth curvature of abstract shapes. PeerJ, 9, e10877.
- Palumbo, L., Rampone, G., Bertamini, M., Sinico, M., Clarke, E., & Vartanian, O. (2020). Visual preference for abstract curvature and for interior spaces: Beyond undergraduate student samples. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000359.
- Uccelli, S., Palumbo, L., Harrison, N. R., & Bruno, N. (2020). Asymmetric effects of graspable distractor disks on motor preparation of successive grasps: A behavioural and event-related potential (ERP) study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 158, 318-330.
- Bertamini, M., Palumbo, L., & Redies, C. (2019). An advantage for smooth compared with angular contours in the speed of processing shape. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(10), 1304-1318.
- Palumbo, L., Macinska, S. T., & Jellema, T. (2018). The Role of Pattern Extrapolation in the Perception of Dynamic Facial Expressions in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in psychology, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01918.
- 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. doi: 10.1177/2041669517693023
- 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.
- Bertamini, M., Palumbo, L., Gheorghes, T. N., & Galatsidas, M. (2016). Do observers like curvature or do they dislike angularity?. British Journal of Psychology, 107(1), 154-178.
- Palumbo, L., Bertamini, M., & Makin, A. D. J. (2015). Scaling of the extrastriate neural response to symmetry. Vision Research, 117, 1-8.
- Palumbo, L., Burnett, H. G., & Jellema, T. (2015). Atypical emotional anticipation in high-functioning autism. Molecular Autism, doi:10.1186/s13229-015-0039-7.
- Palumbo, L., Ruta, N., & Bertamini, M. (2015). Comparing angular and curved shapes in terms of implicit associations and approach/avoidance responses. Plos One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140043.
- Palumbo, L., Odgen, R., Makin, A. D. J., & Bertamini, M. (2014). Examining visual complexity and its effect on perceived duration. Journal of Vision, 14, 1-18.