Romina Palermo

Associate Professor, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 1.39, Psychology Building, Perth campus

    6009 Crawley


  • 2045 Citations
  • 23 h-Index

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, borderline personality disorder, callous-unemotional traits).


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

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2001 2018

Current developments and challenges for the British Journal of Psychology

Schweinberger, S. R., Franz, V. H. & Palermo, R. 1 Feb 2018 In : British Journal of Psychology. 109, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Access to Information

Ensemble coding of face identity is present but weaker in congenital prosopagnosia

Robson, M. K., Palermo, R., Jeffery, L. & Neumann, M. F. 1 Mar 2018 In : Neuropsychologia. 111, p. 377-386 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hereditary Prosopagnosia
Facial Recognition
Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Psychomotor Agitation

Past visual experiences weigh in on body size estimation

Alexi, J., Cleary, D., Dommisse, K., Palermo, R., Kloth, N., Burr, D. & Bell, J. Jan 2018 In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 215

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Body Size
Body Image
Mental Health