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Eunice Gomes Fernandes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office hours:
office: E1061 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

I am a researcher in Cognitive Science, with a specialization in Psycholinguistics

During my PhD (2015Universidade de Lisboa), I investigated the mechanisms of syntactic priming in language comprehension (using, e.g., self-paced reading and eye tracking methods). 

During 2016, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Université Paris Diderot, where I ran eye-tracking and questionnaire experiments to investigate pronoun resolution in Brazilian and European Portuguese. 

In 2017, as an external collaborator at Universidade de Lisboa, I joined a new research project with Miguel Borges (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) and Dr. Moreno Coco (University of East London), where we investigated ‘Visual Search in Ageing’. 

In 2019-2020 I was a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, where I joined a project led by Professors Louise Phillips and Ben Tatler, investigating 'Age differences in Social Attention and functioning'.

From January 2021 I joined the Fitness, Ageing and Bilingualism (FAB) research project, led by Prof. Linda Wheeldon, at Universitet i Agder. I am a postdoctoral researcher, and our project investigates how bilingualism and physical exercise affect cognitive/ language function in younger and older adults.

Research interests

My main research interests are language processing, visual attention, ageing, and bilingualism. I conducted most of my research using eye-tracking alongside other behavioural paradigms used in Cognitive and Social Psychology.


2021- Fitness, Ageing and Bilingualism (UiA; https://www.fab-study.com)

2019-2020 - Social Attention and Ageing (University of Aberdeen)

Selected publications

Fernandes, E. G., Tatler, B. W., Slessor, G., & Phillips, L. H. (2022). Age differences in gaze following: Older adults follow gaze more than younger adults when free-viewing scenes. Experimental Aging Research, DOI: 10.1080/0361073X.2022.2156760 

Eprint: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/RZAAXESEXW4U5IFJWUXP/full?target=10.1080/0361073X.2022.2156760 

Fernandes, E. G., Phillips, L. H., Slessor, G., & Tatler, B. (2021). The interplay between gaze and consistency in scene viewing: Evidence from visual search by young and older adults. Atten Percept Psychophys, 83, 1954–1970. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-021-02242-z

Fernandes, E. G., Coco, M., & Branigan, H. P. (2019). When Eye Fixation might not reflect Online Ambiguity Resolution: Structural Priming and the Visual-World Paradigm. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, 3, 65-87. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41809-019-00021-9

Borges, M., Fernandes, E. G., & Coco, M., (2019). Age-related differences during visual search: the role of contextual expectations and cognitive control mechanisms. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. Advanced online publication: https://doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2019.1632256

Fernandes, E. G., Luegi, P., Correa Soares, E, de da Fuente, I & Hemforth, B. (2018). Adaptation in Pronoun Resolution: Evidence from Brazilian and European Portuguese. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44 (12): 1986-2008. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000569

Fernandes, E. G., Costa, A., & Coco, M. I. (2015). Bridging Mechanisms of Reading, Viewing and Working Memory during Attachment Resolution of Ambiguous Relative Clauses. In G. Airenti et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of EAP CogSci 2015, Torino, Italy. (pp. 264-269). Retrieved from http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1419.

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