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Dr Letizia Palumbo

0151 291 3074

I graduated in Psychology at Sapienza University in Rome (Italy). Following a research training at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig (Germany), I received my PhD at the University of Hull (UK). I worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool (UK) and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool Hope University.

As part of the Vision and Cognition Research Groupmy research focuses on visual preference and aesthetics. I examine the interplay between perceptual, emotional and cognitive processes on preference for object properties (smooth curvature,  symmetry, complexity) interior design and artworks by considering individual differences, personality and expertise. 

With other colleagues in the Department I am involved in a research project in collaboration with TATE Liverpool: Seeing with the expert's eyes: empowering people to engage with artworks.

I am also interested in implicit processes of social cognition. For example, I investigate how anticipating mental states can automatically bias, top-down, the perception of social stimuli (i.e., facial expressions).

My UG teaching includes Research Design and Analysis 1 (first year); Vision and Cognition (second year); Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts (elective seminar, third year) and Neuroscience Approach to the Study of the Self (as part of the Future Challenges for Psychology lecture series, third year). My PG teaching includes supervision of research projects as part of specialist tutorials.

I coordinate the whole Master provision in Psychology and I am a member of the Academic Committee of the Psychology Department.

UG and PG Students interested in my areas of research can contact me for the assignment of dissertation projects.

Selected publications:

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,  

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 (2019). Implicit measures in the aesthetic domain. The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Aesthetics.

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,

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.

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 Vision14, 1-18.