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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 became a lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool Hope University in 2015.

I teach elements of cognitive psychology and research methods across the curriculum and I coordinate the third year programme.

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, such as smooth curvature and symmetry, interior design and artworks and how this differentiates across individuals based on personality and expertise. 

I am also interested in implicit mechanisms of social cognition and how these can, in turn, influence the perception of emotional facial expressions. 

I am coordinating a research project in collaboration with TATE Liverpool: Seeing with the expert's eyes: empowering people to engage with artworks.

I am also part of the organizing committee of the 6th edition of the workshop: Visual Properties Driving Visual Preference (VPDVP) in Padova (Italy), 11-12 June 2020.

Selected publications:

1. 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

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

12. 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.