João Veríssimo

I'm a researcher in psycholinguistics. My research focuses on how complex words are mentally represented, processed, and learned by both monolingual and bilingual speakers. The main theoretical topics I address with my work are: (a) the development and comparison of formal and computational models of the mental lexicon, and (b) the role of individual differences and linguistic factors as a source of contrasts between native speakers and second language learners.

I'm an assistant professor at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon.

I am also a guest scientist at the University of Potsdam (as part of the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Limits of variability in language’), and a statistical advisor for Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Here is a complete and updated CV. You can also find me on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Please contact me by email, if you have any questions.


Recent publications

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  • Reifegerste, Estabrooke, Russell, Veríssimo, Johari, . . . & Ullman (2020). Can sex influence the neurocognition of language? Evidence from Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia, 148, 107633. [doi]

  • Pliatsikas*, Meteyard*, Veríssimo*, DeLuca, Shattuck, & Ullman (2020). The effect of bilingualism on brain development from early childhood to young adulthood. Brain Structure and Function, 225, 2131–2152. [*Equal contribution] [doi]

  • Reifegerste, Veríssimo, Rugg, Pullman, Babcock, . . . & Ullman (2020). Early-life education may help bolster declarative memory in old age, especially for women. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 28, 218–252. [doi]

  • Pañeda, Lago, Vares, Veríssimo, & Felser (2020). Island effects in Spanish comprehension. Glossa, 5, 21. [doi]

  • Ruberg, Rothweiler, Veríssimo, & Clahsen (2020). Childhood bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment: A study of the CP-domain in German SLI. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 23, 668–680. [doi]

  • Wulff, De Deyne, Jones, . . . Veríssimo, & Mata (2019). New perspectives on the aging lexicon. TICS, 23, 686–698. [doi]

  • Clahsen & Veríssimo (2019, reprint). Investigating grammatical processing in bilinguals: The case of morphological priming. In I. A. Sekerina, L. Spradlin & V. Valian (Eds.), Bilingualism, executive function, and beyond (pp. 117–130). John Benjamins. [From Clahsen & Veríssimo, 2016, in LAB] [doi]

  • Bosch, Veríssimo, & Clahsen (2019). Inflectional morphology in bilingual language processing: An age-of-acquisition study. Language Acquisition, 26, 339–360. [doi]

  • Farhy & Veríssimo (2019). Semantic effects in morphological priming: The case of Hebrew stems. Language and Speech, 62, 737–750. [doi]

  • Pliatsikas*, Veríssimo*, Babcock, Pullman, Glei, . . . & Ullman (2019). Working memory in older adults declines with age, but is modulated by sex and education. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72, 1308–1327. [*Equal contribution] [doi]