Romina Palermo

Associate Professor, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2664 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
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Personal profile


• Ph.D. Psychology (Distinction). School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, 2004.
• B.Sc. Psychology (Honours). Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong, 1997.


My research aims to understand the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms underlying person perception. This often involves studying faces, as they provide information about the identity, age, sex, race, attractiveness and mood of other people, but also involves studying the perception of bodies and voices. In addition to our work with typically developing children and adults, my lab also investigates person perception in children and adults with atypical development, psychopathology, or brain injury. This includes studies of developmental disorders affecting face processing (congenital/developmental prosopagnosia and autism); neuropsychological studies of people with brain injuries affecting face identity recognition (acquired prosopagnosia) and expression recognition (amygdala/orbitofrontal cortex lesions); and investigations into psychopathology affecting person perception (social anxiety, callous-unemotional traits).


  • Face perception
  • Face-blindness—prosopagnosia
  • Emotion
  • Body perception
  • Voice perception

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Body Size Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2019

An assessment of computer-generated stimuli for use in studies of body size estimation and bias

Alexi, J., Dommisse, K., Cleary, D., Palermo, R., Kloth, N. & Bell, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, OCT, 2390.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Body Size
Body Image
Visual Analog Scale

Anodal tDCS and High-Frequency tRNS Targeting the Occipitotemporal Cortex Do Not Always Enhance Face Perception

Willis, M. L., Costantino, A., Nitsche, M. A., Palermo, R. & Rivolta, D., 12 Feb 2019, In : Frontiers in Neuroscience. 13, 10 p., 78.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Autistic Traits are Linked to Individual Differences in Familiar Voice Identification

Skuk, V. G., Palermo, R., Broemer, L. & Schweinberger, S. R., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 49, 7, p. 2747-2767 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Interpersonal Relations
1 Citation (Scopus)

Can People Accurately Estimate the Calories in Food Images? An Optimised Set of Low- and High- Calorie Images from the food-pics database

Horne, D., Palermo, R., Neumann, M. F., Housley, R. & Bell, J., 1 Aug 2019, In : Appetite. 139, p. 189-196 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Personnel
Food Preferences
Feeding Behavior

Effects of dominance and prestige based social status on competition for attentional resources

Roberts, A., Palermo, R. & Visser, T. A. W., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 2473.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Attentional Blink
Resource Allocation
Attentional Bias

Projects 2011 2019