Luisa Canal


Natural perception enables us to identify a wide range of qualities of objects. The current research project is based on a series of perceptual experiments which are part of an exploratory work carried out to analyse qualitative aspects in perception.

One focus of the research is to identify underlying (and unknown) aspects of qualities that can be evaluated and quantified by means of statistical methods.

Another purpose of the research is to test whether the general population exhibits cross-modal associations between complex stimuli of two different modalities.
Therefore, the ultimate aim of the research is to develop specific methods for measuring and modelling the subjective qualities of experience.

Internal collaborations

Rocco Micciolo, full Professor

External collaborations

Liliana Albertazzi, Department of Humanities, Università di Trento
Francesca Bacci, Department of Humanities, Università di Trento
Matteo Brunelli, Turku Centre for Computer Science, Abo, Finlandia
James Dadam, Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Brasile
Osvaldo Da Pos, Università di Padova
Mara De Rosa, PhD Student presso Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati di Trieste
Giuseppe Espa, Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Trento
Alessandro Minelli, Università di Padova
Daniele Zavagno, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Selected publications

Scientific articles:

  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Canal, Luisa; Chistè, Paolo; De Rosa, Mara; Micciolo, Rocco; Minelli, Alessandro, "Reconsidering morphology by an experimental case-study" in BIOLOGICAL THEORY,  (2017). - DOI: 10.1007/s13752-017-0268-4
  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Canal, Luisa; Micciolo, Rocco; Ferrari,Fulvio; Sitta,Sebastiano, Hachen, Iacopo, "Naturally biased associations between music and poetry" in PERCEPTION, (2016), p. 1-22. - DOI: Doi:10.1177/0301006616673851
  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Bacci, Francesca; Canal, Luisa; Micciolo, Rocco, "The tactile dimensions of abstract paintings: a cross-modal study" in PERCEPTION, n. 45 (2016), p. 805-822. - DOI: Doi:10.1177/0301006616643660
  • L. Albertazzi; L. Canal; R. Micciolo; M. Vescovi, "Calligraphy and Klee’s Abstract Painting: A Study on Categorical Ambiguity" in ART & PERCEPTION, (2015), p. 1-25. - DOI: 10.1163/22134913-00002036
  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Canal, Luisa; Micciolo, Rocco, "Cross-Modal Associations between Materic Painting and Classical Spanish Music" in FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, v. 6, n. Article 424 (2015), p. 1-13. - published on the website Cross-Modal Associations between Materic Painting and Classical Spanish Music - DOI:
  • L. Canal; R. Micciolo, "The chi-square controversy: what if Pearson had R?" in JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL COMPUTATION AND SIMULATION, v. 84, n. 5 (2014), p. 1015-1021. - DOI: 10.1080/00949655.2012.737793
  • M. Brunelli; L. Canal; M. Fedrizzi, "Inconsistency indices for pairwise comparison matrices: a numerical study" in ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH, v. 2013/211, n. 1 (2013), p. 493-509. - DOI: 10.1007/s10479-013-1329-0
  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Canal, Luisa; Malfatti, Michela; Micciolo, Rocco, "The Hue of Concepts" in PERCEPTION, v. 42, (2013), p. 1344-1352. - DOI: 10.1068/p7576
  • Albertazzi, Liliana; Da Pos, Osvaldo; Canal, Luisa; Micciolo, Rocco; Malfatti, Michela; Vescovi, Massimo, "The hue of shapes" in JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-HUMAN PERCEPTION AND PERFORMANCE, v. 39, n. 1 (2013), p. 37-47. - DOI: 10.1037/a0028816
  • Dadam, J.; Albertazzi, L.; Da Pos, O.; Canal, L.; Micciolo, R., "Morphological patterns and their colour" in PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, v. 114, n. 2 (2012), p. 363-377. - DOI: 10.2466/03.22.23.PMS.114.2.363-377


  • R. Micciolo; G. Espa; L. Canal, Ricerca con R. Metodi di inferenza statistica, Milano: Apogeo, 2013, 288 p. - ISBN: 97888503319
  • Canal L.; Micciolo R., "Measuring the immeasurable. Quantitative analyses of perceptual experiments." in L. Albertazzi (a cura di), Handbook of experimental phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, p. 477-498. - ISBN: 9781119954682