Members

Social Cognition and Learning Lab

SENIOR RESEARCHERS

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Leonel Garcia-Marques [garcia_marques@sapo.pt]

Leonel is the coordinator of Centro de Investigação em Ciências Psicológicas (CICPSI) and Professor at University of Lisbon. His research focuses mainly on the representation of social information in memory. This translates into five main areas of social cognition and cognitive psychology: – impression formation and cognitive representation about people and groups; – stereotype malleability; – heuristics and decision making under uncertainty; – false memories and – interactions between retrieval and learning.


 

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Mário Ferreira [mferreira@psicologia.ulisboa.pt| CV]

Mário is a professor at Lisbon University. His interests focus broadly on how social perception and judgment unfold in different social environments. He is the PI on a grant on “Fighting over-indebtedness: self-regulation and consumer environment”. He is currently a Humboldt fellow and a visiting scholar at Heidelberg University where he is developing research on Judgment and biases as part of ongoing and interactive social processes.


 

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Ana Sofia Santos [sosantos@psicologia.ulisboa.pt]

Sofia is a Professor at Lisbon University. Her research focuses mainly on the cognitive representation of social and non-social categories in memory; context sensitivity and malleability of social information about groups and of other conceptual knowledge; new approaches on conceptual processing, with special emphasis in retrieval mechanisms, source monitoring and source misattributions and belief illusions.


 

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Paula Carneiro [mpcarneiro@fp.ul.pt | CV]

Paula is a Researcher at the Faculty of Psychology University of Lisbon and a member of the Research Center for Psychological Science.Her work focuses mainly on memory and cognitive development. More specifically, her research explores false memories, retrieval and reconsolidation of memory and memory inhibition, and also conceptual knowledge, theory of mind, counterfactual thinking, understanding of ambiguity, memory development, child witness and error correction.


POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

 

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Tânia Ramos [taniaramos@nyu.edu | CV]

Tânia is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Lisbon and New York University. Her work is funded by FCT and she is mainly working with Leonel Garcia-Marques (UL) and Jim Uleman (NYU).  She received her PhD from ISCTE (Lisbon University Institute). Tânia is broadly interested in implicit impressions. She is focused in understanding the cognitive mechanisms underlying spontaneous trait inferences, and in investigating how facial and behavioral information is integrated into coherent impressions. During her PhD studies, she was a visiting researcher at UCSB working with David Hamilton and currently she is a visiting scholar at New York University.


 

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Sara Hagá [sara.haga@psicologia.ulisboa.pt | CV]

Sara is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Lisbon. Her current work in funded by FCT. She received her PhD from ISCTE. Sara is interested in how people (both adults and children) think about themselves and others. More specifically, she studies how the origins of impression formation and person perception biases can inform social cognitive theories. Sara is also interested in person memory and judgment and decision making. She recently spent 2 years at the University of Washington, in Seattle, working mainly with Kristina Olson. In Lisbon her adviser is Leonel Garcia-Marques.


 

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Ludmila Nunes [nunes@purdue.edu | CV | Página pessoal]

Ludmila is a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University in the Cognition and Learning Lab, working with Jeffrey D. Karpicke, and at the Psychology Department of the University of Lisbon, working with Leonel Garcia-Marques, partially funded by FCT. She received her PhD from University of Lisbon. Her doctoral studies were supervised by Leonel Garcia-Marques and Henry L. Roediger, III, from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research can be placed at the interface between Cognitive Science and Education. She is currently studying the effects of different learning strategies and materials on memory performance and people’s beliefs about their own learning and memory (metacognition).


 

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Tomás Palma [tapalma@psicologia.ulisboa.pt]

Tomás is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by FCT. His research focuses mainly on the action-oriented nature of social cognition, with a particular emphasis on social categorization processes and person memory. Tomás received his PhD in Psychology from ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute. For two years he was a visiting researcher at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He works in close collaboration with Leonel Garcia-Marques (UL), Ana Sofia Santos (UL), Margarida Garrido (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, ISCTE-IUL) and Gün R. Semin (ISPA – Instituto Universitário).


 

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João Braga [jpbraga@fp.ul.pt]

João is currently an invited assistant professor at FPUL and at the FHC of the Catholic University of Lisbon. He received his PhD from the University of Lisbon in 2015, supervised by Mário Ferreira, FPUL, and Jim Sherman, Indiana University. He is interested in understanding the cognitive processes underlying judgment and decision making under uncertainty. Specifically, when and under what conditions people use certain decision heuristics; and how psychological distance affects human intuition. His research interests also include consumer and justice psychology, and behavioral economics.


DOCTORAL STUDENTS

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Pedro Marques [pedro.a.r.marques@gmail.com]

Pedro is a 4th year PhD student at University of Lisbon funded by FCT and finished his MSc in Applied Social Cognition at University of Lisbon. He is currently exploring how testing your memory can promote adaptation to the retrieval requirements, and the ways conceptual learning and memory can interact. He was recently a visiting graduate researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, working with the Bjork Learning & Forgetting Lab team. His advisor is Prof. Leonel Garcia-Marques, FPUL.


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Jerônimo Soro [jeronimo.soro@gmail.com]

Jerônimo is a 3rd year PhD student funded by FCT, he received his MSc in Applied Social Cognition at University of Lisbon. His research interests include decision making and memory and is primarily interested in the flexibility and contextual aspects of categorization processes, specifically regarding memory retrieval. His PhD work focuses on the false memory phenomenon as it occurs for categories that have less stable representations and are more dependent of context. His advisors are Mário Ferreira, FPUL, and Gun S. Semin, WJRC-ISPA, Lisbon.


 

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Diana Orghian [dorghian@fp.ul.pt | CV]

Diana a 3rd year PhD student at University of Lisbon funded by FCT. She is interested in person perception, more specifically how people spontaneously form impressions about others and, as a side project, she likes to think and investigate memory topics such intentional forgetting. She finished her MSc in Applied Social Cognition at University of Lisbon and currently her advisor is Leonel Garcia-Marques (UL). She visited the University of Birmingham under Leonardo da Vinci program where she spent 6 months working with Dietmar Heinke. Recently she spent 5 months at New York University working with Jim Uleman.


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Filipa de Almeida [fimartinho@gmail.com]

Filipa is a 3rd year PhD student at University of Lisbon funded by FCT and finished her MSc in Applied Social Cognition at University of Lisbon. Filipa is broadly interested in the effects of power on cognition and behaviour. At the moment, she is working on a project that aims to explore how power affects information processing. As side projects, she is exploring how culture can impact power’s effects and she is also investigating the relationship between power and determinism. Filipa spent 1 year at Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at the Faculty of Brain Sciences of the University College London. Her PhD advisors are Ana Sofia Santos, FPUL, and Ana Guinote, UCL.


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Cristina Mendonça [mendonca@campus.ul.pt]

Cristina is a 2nd year PhD student (LiSP – Lisbon PhD in Social Psychology doctoral programme) funded by FCT. She is interested in understanding how people communicate information and, in the process, insert distortions that are reproduced in society, leading to biased judgments and decisions. Cristina has a MSc in Applied Social Cognition (University of Lisbon) and recently she visited Heidelberg University (Germany) under the Leonardo da Vinci programme. Her advisors are André Mata, Mário Ferreira and Klaus Fiedler.


 

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Joana Reis [jrjoana@gmail.com]

Joana is a 2nd year PhD student funded by FCT. She is interested in understanding how people adapt their judgment strategies according to the characteristics of the decision environments and is particularly focused on the social component of these decision environments, studying the role that other people might play in one’s decision processes. Joana has a MSc in Applied Social Cognition (University of Lisbon). Her advisors are Mário Boto Ferreira, Leonel Garcia-Marques and Steven J. Sherman.


 

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Sofia Jacinto [sofiabjacinto@gmail.com]

Sofia is a 2nd year PhD Student at FPUL and IU Bloomington, funded by FCT, and PI of the “Clinical Gut” project, funded by BIAL Foundation. She received her MSc in Clinical Psychology at University of Lisbon. Her research interests focus on the clinical judgment process in the psychotherapy session, specifically on the role of intuition and metacognition in the therapists’ causal reasoning, trait inference, and hypotheses generation and testing. Her PhD is supervised by Mário Ferreira, FPUL, Cara Lewis and Anne Krendl, Indiana University Bloomington.


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Ana Lapa [ana.fernandes.lapa@gmail.com]

Ana is a 1st year PhD student at the Inter-Institutional Social Psychology Doctoral Program: Lisbon PhD in Social Psychology (LISP), funded by FCT. She received her MSc in Applied Social Cognition at University of Lisbon. She is interested in studying memory and learning processes. More specifically, she aims to explore retrieval in collaborative groups and the role it plays on subsequent learning. Her advisors are Leonel Garcia-Marques, FPUL, Paula Carneiro, FPUL, and Bridgid Finn.


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Marina Ferreira [marina.sf7@gmail.com | CV | Página pessoal]

Marina is a research assistant funded by Bial Foundation and is currently working with Sofia Jacinto on the “Clinical Gut” project. Marina has a MSc in Applied Social Cognition (University of Lisbon) and worked as a research assistant at Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (University of Nottingham).


LAB MANAGER

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Catarina Nunes [catarinacgnn@gmail.com]

Catarina is the Lab Manager of the Cognition in Context Research Group. She received her MSc in Applied Social Cognition at University of Lisbon. She has worked mostly in Social and Environmental Psychology research projects, to add understanding on problems involving human behavior in specific contexts like energy consumption, acceptance of new technologies, social impacts, public participation and communication.