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 role of individual differences and linguistic factors as a source of contrasts between native speakers and second language learners; and (b) the development and comparison of formal and computational models of morphology and lexicon.

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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  • Veríssimo, Verhaeghen, Goldman, Weinstein, & Ullman (2021, online). Evidence that aging yields improvements as well as declines across attention and executive functions. Nature Human Behaviour. [doi]

  • Veríssimo (2021, online). Analysis of rating scales: A pervasive problem in bilingualism research and a solution with Bayesian ordinal models. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. [doi] [preprint]

  • Veríssimo (2021, online). BLC mini-series: New statistical approaches and research practices for bilingualism research. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. [doi] [preprint]

  • Stone, Veríssimo, Schad, Oltrogge, Vasishth, & Lago (2021, online). The interaction of grammatically distinct agreement dependencies in predictive processing. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. [doi] [preprint]

  • Reifegerste, Veríssimo, Rugg, Pullman, Babcock, . . . & Ullman (2021). Early-life education may help bolster declarative memory in old age, especially for women. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 28, 218–252. [doi]

  • 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] [preprint]

  • 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]