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Dr Valter Prpic

Job: Early Career Academic Fellow/Lecturer

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7866

E: valter.prpic@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Valter_Prpic

 

Personal profile

Dr. Prpic is a cognitive psychologist. Before joining De Montfort University in 2017 he was a visiting researcher at the University of Malta and a research associate at Sheffield Hallam University. Previously, he completed a postdoc and PhD at the University of Trieste.

Dr. Prpic’s research focusses on different topics related to perception and cognition. One of his main research areas focuses on the Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Coded (SNARC) and other related spatial association effects. Previous research suggests that numbers are automatically mapped into space, having an impact both on motor responses (e.g., two-alternative forced choice) and on the allocation of attention in the external space. Dr. Prpic’s research investigates spatial association effects both for numerical and other non-numerical stimuli, such as music parameters (e.g., pitch height, tempo, musical notes), emotional stimuli (e.g., facial expressions), luminance and visual illusions.

A second line of research focusses on perception and action, in particular the research of Dr. Prpic aims at investigating how musicians, athletes and common people use visual and auditory information for improving their motor performance. His other research interests include visual and auditory perception, psychophysics, attention, music cognition and sport psychology.

Research group affiliations

Psychology

Key research outputs

  • Prpic, V. (2017). Perceiving musical note values causes spatial shift of attention in musicians. Vision, 1, 16. doi:10.3390/vision1020016

  • Sors, F., Murgia, M., Santoro, I., Prpic, V., Galmonte, A. & Agostini, T. (2017). The contribution of early auditory and visual information to the discrimination of shot power in ball sports. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 31, 44-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.04.005

  • Prpic, V. & Luccio, R. (2016). Do you hear more piano or drum sounds? An auditory version of the solitaire illusion. Perception, 45(12), 1433-1438.  DOI: 10.1177/0301006616672580

  • Fumarola, A., Prpic, V., Fornasier, D., Sartoretto, F., Agostini, T., & Umiltà, C. (2016). The spatial representation of angles. Perception, 45(11), 1320-1330.  DOI: 10.1177/0301006616661915

  • Prpic, V., Fumarola, A., De Tommaso, M., Luccio, R., Murgia, M., & Agostini, T. (2016). Separate mechanisms for magnitude and order processing in the Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes (SNARC) effect: The strange case of musical note values. Journal Of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(8), 1241-1251. DOI: 10.1037/xhp0000217

  • Murgia, M., Prpic, V., Santoro, I., Sors, F., Agostini, T., & Galmonte, A. (2016). Perceptual belongingness determines the direction of lightness induction depending on grouping stability and intentionality. Vision Research, 126, 69-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2015.10.018

  • Prpic, V., Murgia, M., De Tommaso, M., Boschetti, G., Galmonte, A., & Agostini, T. (2016). Octave bias in pitch perception: The influence of pitch height on pitch class identification. Perception, 45(9), 1060-1069. DOI: 10.1177/0301006616651953

  • Murgia, M., Santoro, I., Tamburini, G., Prpic, V., Sors, F., Galmonte, A., & Agostini, T. (2016). Ecological sounds affect breath duration more than artificial sounds. Psychological Research, 1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-015-0647-z

  • Santoro, I., Murgia, M., Tamburini, G., Prpic, V., Sors, F., Galmonte, A., & Agostini, T. (2015). Panic disorder patients and healthy people differently identify their own heart frequency through sound. Psihologija, 48(3), 279-287. DOI: 10.2298/PSI1503279S

  • Fumarola, A., Prpic, V., Da Pos, O., Murgia, M., Umiltà, C., & Agostini, T. (2014). Automatic spatial association for luminance. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(3), 759-765. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-013-0614-y

  • Murgia, M., Sors, F., Santoro, I., Muroni, F., Prpic, V., Galmonte, A., & Agostini, T. (2014). Using perceptual home-training to improve anticipation skills of soccer goalkeepers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 642-648. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.07.009

  • Prpic, V., Fumarola, A., De Tommaso, M., Baldassi, G., Agostini, T. (2013). A SNARC-like effect for music tempo. Review of psychology, 20, 1, 47-51. URI http://hrcak.srce.hr/116339

Research interests/expertise

  • Visuo-spatial attention
  • Numerical cognition
  • Music cognition
  • Visual and auditory perception
  • Perception and action
  • Psychophysics

Areas of teaching

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Research methods

Qualifications

PhD, MA, BS

Honours and awards

2014 The 11th Alps-Adria Psychology Conference: “Excellent poster presentation award”.

2012 The 10th Alps-Adria Psychology Conference:  Alps-Adria Young Scientist award for "Best oral presentation".

2010 The 1st Sport Psychology and Sport Sciences Conference: Young Scientist Award.

Conference attendance

  • Prpic, V. (2017). Perceiving musical note values causes spatial shift of attention in musicians. International workshop on Reflexive Shift of Attention, Sheffield (United Kingdom).

  • Prpic, V., Sarcetta, M., Murgia, M., Chshieva, Z.G., Galmonte, A., & Agostini, T. (2016). Spatial coding of optical illusions: Do illusory magnitudes equate real magnitudes? The 12th Alps-Adria Psychology Conference, Rijeka (Croatia). Review of Psychology, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 1-2, pag. 82.

  • Prpic, V., Boschetti, G., Luccio, R. (2015). The auditory version of the solitaire illusion. The Trieste Symposium on   Perception and Cognition, Trieste (Italy).

  • Prpic, V., Fumarola, A., De Tommaso, M., Brusaferro, A., Murgia, M., & Agostini, T. (2015). Do we process order or magnitude information? New evidence from the SNARC effect for note value. ICPS (International Convention of Psychological Science), Amsterdam (Holland).

  • Prpic V., Fumarola A., De Tommaso M., Brusaferro A., Luccio R., & Agostini T. (2014). A SNARC-like effect for note value: Differences and similarities with number representation. The 11th Alps-Adria Psychology Conference, Pecs (Hungary). Review of Psychology, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 1, pag. 76.

  • Prpic V., Fumarola A., De Tommaso M., Angelon G., Murgia M., & Agostini T. (2014). When dark is left and bright is right: evidence of a spatial-luminance association effect. ECVP 2014, Belgrade (Serbia), Perception supplement vol.43 pag. 164.

  • Prpic V., Fumarola A., DeTommaso M., Brusaferro A., & Agostini T. (2013). Common spatial association for musical notes in piano and flute players. The Trieste Symposium on Perception and           Cognition, Trieste (Italy).

  • Prpic V., Fumarola A., Brusaferro A., & Agostini T. (2013). Spatial representation for musical notes is not biased by the specific musical instrument played. XIX Congresso di psicologia sperimentale, AIP. Rome (Italy).

  • Prpic V., Fumarola A., De Tommaso M., Baldassi G., Gratton I., & Agostini T. (2012). SNARC-like effect for musical tempo: An association between beat frequencies and the horizontal spatial axis. Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, Trieste (Italy).

  • Prpic V., Fumarola A., De Tommaso M., Gratton I., & Agostini T. (2012). Spatial representation of time in music. ECVP 2012, Alghero (Italy), Perception supplement vol. 41,  pag. 141.

  • Prpic, V., Bolognini, A., Zavagni, M. (2010). “Striker performance optimisation: A study based on a rhythmical audio model”. The 1st SPASS Conference, Lignano (Italy), abstract cd, pag 55.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Research Grant funded by the XV Executive Programme for Cultural Collaboration between Malta and Italy, 2016-2017 (1,260 €). Project name: Using sound to see the invisible. Supervisor: Prof. Ian M. Thornton.

  • Erasmus Placement Fellowship for professional training in a foreign country, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 2013 (1,500 €).

  • Visiting Scholar Research Grant at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, 2013 (1,500 €).

  • S.H.A.R.M. "Supporting Human Assets in Research and Mobility" grant for courses abroad: "18th Meeting Of The European Society Of Cognitive Psychology", Budapest, Hungary, 2013 (~700).

  • S.H.A.R.M. "Supporting Human Assets in Research and Mobility" grant for courses abroad: "9th ENYSSP Workshop", Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013 (~500).

  • S.H.A.R.M. "Supporting Human Assets in Research and Mobility" grant for courses abroad: "8th ENYSSP Workshop", Kosice, Slovak Republic, 2012 (~500).

  • PhD Scholarship, School in Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy, 2011-2014 (~49,000 €).

  • Research Scholarship on doping prevention in young athletes, University of Trieste, Italy, 2010 (7,680 €).

Professional esteem indicators

  • The Open Psychology Journal

  • Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
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