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Dr Letizia Palumbo

0151 291 3074

I graduated in Psychology at Sapienza University in Rome (Italy). Following, I undertook research training at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig (Germany) working on social cognition and joint attention in early infancy. I received my PhD in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Hull (UK) in 2013. My PhD focused on the role of emotion anticipation on perceptual distortions of facial expressions in typical adults and individuals with autism. I conducted my Postdoc in the area of visual aesthetics at the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool. This ESRC research project examined the relationship between visual perception and emotional processes in hedonic evaluations of abstract stimuli. In 2015, I joined Liverpool Hope University as lecturer.



My research interests are focused on two different areas: (1) Visual preference and aesthetics; (2) Action/emotion understanding and low level “mindreading” in typical and atypical populations. To investigate these topics I use behavioural and electrophysiological measures.



I coordinate Undergraduate courses for third year students. This includes a lecture series on embodied cognition for single honour students in Psychology.  I also teach research methods at Master level. Undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in pursuing their dissertation in one of the research areas above are very welcome to propose their ideas. 



I am a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) and the Applied Vision Association (AVA).



I am organizing the 5th edition of the “Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference” workshop which will be held on 13-14 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University – Hope Park.



Dr Marco Bertamini (University of Liverpool, UK)

Dr Tjeerd Jellema (University of Hull, UK)


Selected publications:


1. 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, 9

2. 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.

3. Ogden, R., Makin, A. D., Palumbo, L., & Bertamini, M. (2016). Symmetry Lasts Longer Than Random, but Only for Brief Presentations. i-Perception, 7(6) doi: 10.1177/2041669516676824.

4. 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.

5. Palumbo, L., & Bertamini, M. (2016). The curvature effect: a comparison between preference tasks. Empirical Studies of the Art, 34, 35-52.

6. Palumbo, L., Bertamini, M., & Makin, A. D. J. (2015). Scaling of the extrastriate neural response to symmetry. Vision Research, 117, 1-8.

7. Palumbo, L., Odgen, R., Makin, A. D. J., & Bertamini, M. (2015). Does preference for abstract patterns relate to information processing and perceived duration? i-Perception, 6(5), 1-16.

8. 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.

9. Palumbo, L., Burnett, H. G., & Jellema, T. (2015). Atypical emotional anticipation in high-functioning autism. Molecular Autism, doi:10.1186/s13229-015-0039-7. 

10. 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.