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Ale Soranzo

Dr Alessandro Soranzo MSc, PhD, PgCert (LTHE), SFHEA

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Summary

Here at Sheffield Hallam University I am a Postgraduate Research Tutor conducting research in visual perception. I am responsible for teaching on various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs; student personal tutor and student dissertation/project supervisor.

  • About

    I have obtained undergraduate degree and MSc in Experimental psychology at the Department of Psychology - University of Triest (ITA). In 2005, I was a Post Doc research fellow in the Department of Vision Sciences - Glasgow Caledonian University (UK). 2006-2012 I worked at Teesside University on Visual Perception. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in September 2012.

    My major research interest is related to the area of visual perception, in particular to lightness perception, which studies the achromatic dimension of colour perception. The long-term aim of my work is to integrate the outcomes of relevant experiments, together with the outcomes of the experiments of other researchers, in a coherent theory of lightness perception. I am also interested in naïve physics and psychophysics methods to sensory thresholds estimations and software programming.

    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a APS Member (Member of the Association for Psychological Science) and a Member of the British Colour Group.


    Visual Perception, Psychophysics, Statistics and Research Methods.

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC)
    Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology (CeBSAP)
    My research interests are in the field of Visual Cognition, in particular:
    Colour perception
    Perception of Art
    Visual attention
    Human/robot interaction

    La Bella Principessa and the uncatchable smile

    The dancing diamonds illusion

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Soranzo A., Della Puppa N. and Quinn G. (2007). “The assimilation contrast shift phenomenon”. Perception, 36supplement, p. 82.

    Galmonte A., Agostini T., Soranzo A., Gherzil A. and Schepis A. (2007). “Global belongingness factors can give rise to White’s effect”. Perception, 36 supplement, p. 79.

    Soranzo, A. and Agostini T. (2006). Marginal gradients and lightness constancy. Italian Journal of Psychology, 9, p. 125-137.

    Soranzo A., Galmonte A. and Agostini T. (2006). “The apparent luminance contrast in impossible shadow displays”.Perception, 35 supplement, p. 227.

    Galmonte A., Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2006). “The role of physical contrast in Agostini & Galmonte reversed lightness induction Necker cube“. Perception, 35 supplement, p. 180.

    Soranzo A. and Logvinenko A. (2005). “Discounting luminance contrast produced by an illumination edge depends on its shape”. Perception, 34 supplement, p. 24.

    Soranzo A. and Fantoni C. (2005). “Semi -Transparent Layers enhance the Simultaneous Lightness Contrast”. Journal of Vision. 5(8), p. 565.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2004). “Marginal gradients, luminance ratios and lightness constancy”. Italian Journal of Experimental Psychology. Abstracts, p. 198.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2004). “Does belongingness affect lightness constancy?” Perception, 33 supplement, p. 20.

    Soranzo A. and Fantoni C. (2003). “Semi-transparent layers and simultaneous lightness contrast: an effect of the ratios among surfaces". Italian Journal of Experimental Psychology. p. 226.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2003). “Influence of the luminance ratio of the X junctions, in the lightness constancy of I and II type". Italian Journal of Experimental Psychology, p. 224.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2003). “Illumination independent lightness constancy improves also when the ratio invariant is violated”. Perception, 32 supplement, p. 41.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2002). “Articulation and lightness constancy”. Review of Psychology. 8, p. 79.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2002). "Influence of the geometric and photometric factors on the lightness constancy illumination independent phenomenon". Italian Journal of Experimental Psychology, p. 148.

    Soranzo A. and Agostini T. (2002). “Articulation and lightness constancy”. Perception, 31 supplement, p. 185.

    Galmonte A. and Agostini T. and Soranzo A. (1999). “CRT simulation allows the measure of the effect of spatial articulation on lightness”. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 40(4), p. S746.

    Agostini T., Galmonte A. and Soranzo A. (1999) “Gelb lightning, type II constancy, and failure of type I temporal constancy”. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 40(4), p. S746.

    Agostini T., Soranzo A. and Galmonte A. (1999). “The effect of luminance gradient on lightness constancy”.Perception, 28 supplement, p. 64.

    Esteem Factors Administrative and Community Contributions

    August (2006) Invited guest speaker at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) in the Shadow/Illusion symposium.

    February (2006) Selected as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Conference of Visual Perception (ECVP). Perception, 35 supplement, II (2006).

    Esteem Factors Administrative and Community Contributions

    February (2014) Selected as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Visual Science of Art Conference.

    February (2014) Selected as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Conference of Visual Perception (ECVP).

    February (2012) Selected as a member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st Visual Science of Art Conference.

    Refereed conference presentations

    Soranzo A. and Newberry M. (2014). The 'uncatchable smile' illusion in Da Vinci's Bella Principessa depends on the viewing angle. 2nd Visual Science of Art Conference, Beograd, Serbia.

    Ghosh A., Penders J., P Jones P., Reed H. and Soranzo A. (2014) Exploring Haptic Feedback for Robot to Human Communication. 10th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies. Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Newberry M. and Soranzo A. (2014) A Reflective Account of How Technology Can Support the Learning Experience. Learning & Teaching Conference, 19th June 2014.

    Wilson C, Soranzo A, Newberry M. (2014). The student experience and the effectiveness of semi-automated personalised feedback. Learning & Teaching Conference, 19th June 2014.

  • Other activities

    • Article reviewer for: I am a selected referee for many international journals and books such as :

    (i) "Visual Processing Journal"
    (ii) "Medical Science Monitor" journal
    (iii) Perception
    (iv) Parkinsonism and Related Disorders journal
    (v) Design journal

    • Book reviewer for:

    (i) "Different Psychological Perspectives on Cognitive Processes: Current Research Trends in Alps-Adria Region" (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
    (ii) "Virtual rality: Technologies, Medical Applications and Challenges" (Nova Science Publishers inc. New Yorks).

  • Media

    Alessandro is a reader in the Department of Psychology after training at the University of Trieste (Italy) where he obtained a PhD in experimental psychology. His main area of interest is in the psychology of perception and his work on the uncatchable smile of the Mona Lisa has been written about extensively in the national and international press.

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