my photo  Nicola Bruno
 Dipartimento di Neuroscienze
 Università di Parma
 Unità di Psicologia, via Volturno 39
 43121 Parma, Italy
Research interests

My main line of research is on the functional interpretation of the ventral-dorsal split in the human visual system. You can read some early ideas in my TICS paper and our recent empirical contribution in this Cortex paper. Aside from that, I have been interested in many things, including multisensory processes, surface color, layout, motion, and in visual tools for exploratory data analysis and data presentation. Recently, I also became very interested in using selfies to study compositional choices in the visual arts and perhaps even learn something about their brain basis.
Professional information

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Teaching - Didattica


Percezione e Psicofisica
Programma 2015/16
dispense: Elementi di psicofisica e Introduzione alla percezione

Tecniche di Analisi di Dati I
glossario: prima versione
dispensa:terza versione completa
slide: 1 , 2, , 3 , 4 , 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
esercizi:primo ,secondo
dataset: IQ.txt, BW.txt, INCOME.txt, OIL.txt, RDS.txt, RT, SIGAR.txt

Psicologia Generale (Tecnici di Radiologia)
presentazione del modulo, programma e metodo di valutazione

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Vision Science, European Conference on Visual Perception, Vision Sciences Society, International Multisensory Research Forum, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Journal of Vision, i-Perception, Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia
Main recent publications

Bertamini, M. , Herzog, M. & Bruno, N. (2016). The Honeycomb illusion: Uniform textures not perceived as such. i-Perception, July-August 2016, 1-15t. [pdf]

Bruno, N. Bode, C. & Bertamini, M. (2016). Composition in portraits: selfies and wefies reveal similar biases in untrained modern youths and ancient masters. Laterality, e-pub ahed of print. [pdf]

Ferrari, V. Bruno, N. Chattat, R. & Codispoti, M (2016). Evaluative ratings and attention across the life span: emotional arousal and gender. Cognition and Emotion. e-pub ahead of print. [pdf]

Kopiske K.K., Bruno N., Hesse C., Schenk T., Franz, V.H. (2016) The functional subdivision of the visual brain: Is there a real illusion effect on action? A multi-lab replication study, Cortex, 79, 130-152. [pdf]

Bruno, N., Bertamini, M. & Protti, F. (2015). Selfie and the city: A world-wide, large, and ecologically valid database reveals a two-pronged side bias in naive self-portraits. PLoS ONE 10(4) e01224999. [pdf]

Ferrari, V., Mastria, S., Bruno, N. (2014). Crossomodal interactions during affective picture processingPLoS ONE, 2, 45-58. [pdf]

Bruno, N., Gabriele, V., Tasso, T. & Bertamini, M. (2014). 'Selfies' reveal systematic deviations from known principles of photographic composition. Art & Perception, 2, 45-58. [pdf]

Bruno, N., & Bertamini, M. (2013). Perceptual organization and the aperture problem. In J. Wagemans (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization (in press). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.[pdf]

Bruno, N. Martani, M., Corsini, C. Oleari, C. (2013) The effect of the color red on consuming food does not depend on achromatic (Michelson) contrast and extends to rubbing cream on the skin. Appetite, 71, 307-313. [pdf]

Basagni, B., Patané, I., Ferrari, V., Bruno, N. (2013) Impaired reading not due to visual field loss in a patient with a right-hemispheric lesion. Neurocase, (epub ahead of publication).[pdf]

Bruno, N. & Muzzolini, M. (2013). Proxemics Revisited: Similar Effects of Arm Length on Men's and Women's Personal Distances. Universal Journal of Psychology, 1(2), 46-52.[pdf]

Bruno, N. & Bertamini, M. (2013). Self-portraits: Smartphones reveal a side bias in non-artists. PLOSone, 8(2): e55141. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055141.[pdf]

Bruno, N. (2012). Illusions that we should have (But don't). In C. Calabi (ed.), Perceptual Illusions, Philosophical and Psychological Essays, Palgrave McMillan, 44-58.[pdf]

Bertamini, M., Bode, C. & Bruno, N. (2011). The effect of left-right reversal on film: Watching Kurosawa reversed. i-Perception, 2, 1-13.[pdf]

Schenk, T., Franz, V. & Bruno, N. (2011). Vision-for-perception and vision-for-action: which model is compatible with the available psychophysical and neuropsychological data? Vision Research, 51(8), 812-818.[pdf]

Bruno, N., Knox, P. & de Grave, D. (2010). A metanalysis of the effect of the Müller-Lyer illusion on saccadic eye movements: No general support for a dissociation between perception and oculomotor action. Vision Research, 50, 2671-2682.[pdf]

de Grave, D.D.J. & Bruno, N. (2010). The effect of the Müller-Lyer illusion on saccades is modulated by spatial predictability and saccadic latency. Experimental Brain Research,203, 671-679.[pdf]

Bruno, N. & Bertamini, M. (2010). Haptic perception after a change in hand size. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1853-1856.[pdf]

Bertamini, M, Masala, L., Meyer, G. & Bruno, N. (2010) Vision, haptics, and attention: New data from a multisensory Necker cube. Perception, 39(2), 195-207.[pdf]

Giovannini, L., Jacomuzzi, A.C., Bruno, N., Semenza, C. & Surian, L. (2009). Distance perception in autism and typical development. Perception, 38, 429-441.[pdf]

Bruno, N. & Franz, V. (2009). When is grasping affected by the Müller-Lyer illusion? A quantitative review. Neuropsychologia, 47, 1421-33.[pdf]

Bruno, N., Bernardis, P., & Gentilucci, M. (2008) Visually guided pointing, the Müller-Lyer illusion, and the functional interpretation of the dorsal-ventral split: Conclusions from 33 independent studies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 32, 423-437.[pdf]

Bruno, N. & Battaglini, P.P (2008). Editorial: Integrating perception and action through cognitive neuropsychology (broadly conceived). Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(7), 879-890.[pdf]

Bruno, N., Jacomuzzi, A. C., Bertamini, M.& Meyer, G. (2007). A visual-haptic Necker cube reveals reveals temporal constraints on intersensory merging during perceptual exploration. Neuropsychologia, 45, 469-75.[pdf]

Knox, P. & Bruno, N. (2007). When does action resist visual illusion? The effect of the Müller-Lyer illusion on reflexive and voluntary saccades. Experimental Brain Research, 181, 277-287.[pdf]

Brandimonte, M., Bruno. N., & Collina, S. (2006) Cognition. In P. Pawlik and G. d´Ydewalle (Eds) Psychological concepts: An international hystorical perspective. Hove, UK: Psychology press.[pdf]

Bruno, N., Dell'Anna, A. & Jacomuzzi, A. (2006). Ames' window in proprioception. Perception, 35, 25-30.[pdf]

Giovannini, L, Granà, A, Jacomuzzi, A, Marando, R, Semenza, C, Surian, L, Bruno, N. (2006). Vision-for-perception and vision-for-action in typical development, autism, and Parkinson's disease. Cognitive Processes, 7, 40-43.[pdf]

Jacomuzzi, A., Bruno, N. (2006) Perceiving occlusion through auditory-visual substitution. Cognitive Processes, 7, 128-130.[pdf]

Bruno, N. (2005). Unifying sequential effects in grouping. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9, 1-3.[pdf]

Bernardis, P., Knox, P., Bruno, N. (2005) How does action resist visual illusion? Uncorrected oculomotor information does not account for accurate pionting in peripersonal space. Experimental Brain Research. 162, 133-144.[pdf]

Battaglini, P.P., Bernardis, P., & Bruno, N. (2004). At least some electrophysiological and behavioural data cannot be reconciled with the planning-control model. Behavioural & Brain Sciences, 27 (4), 24-25.[pdf]

Rauschenberger, R., Peterson, M. A., Mosca, F., & Bruno, N. (2004). Amodal completion in visual search: Preemption or context effects? Psychological Science, 15, 351-355.[pdf]

Bertamini, M., Bruno, N., & Mosca, F. (2004) Illusory surfaces affect the integration of local motion signals. Vision Research, 44, 297-308.[pdf]

Mosca, F., & Bruno, N. (2003). The rubber square illusion. Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia, 66, 92-96.[pdf]

Jacomuzzi, A., Kobau, P., & Bruno, N. (2003). Molyneux’s question redux. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2, 255-280.[pdf]

Bruno, N., & Bernardis, P. (2003). When does action resist visual illusions? Effector position modulates illusory influences on motor responses.Experimental Brain Research, 151, 225-237.[pdf]

Jandò, G., Agostini, T., Galmonte, A. & Bruno, N. (2003) Measuring surface achromatic color: Toward a common measure for increments and decrements. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 35 (1), 70-81. [pdf]

Bruno, N., & Bernardis, P. (2002). Dissociating perception and action in Kanizsa’s compression illusion. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9, 723-730.[pdf]

Bruno, N., & Westland, S. (2001). Colour perception may optimize biologically relevant surface discriminations --rather than type-I constancy. Behavioural & Brain Sciences, 24 (4), 658-65.[pdf]

Bruno, N. (2001). When does action resist visual illusions? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 379-382.[pdf]