Dr. João Veríssimo


Since 2018  Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, PRIM, University of Potsdam
2013-2018  Postdoctoral Researcher, PRIM, University of Potsdam
2010-2013  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Lisbon / Georgetown University
2003-2010  Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, University of Essex
2002-2003  Research Internship in Social Cognition, University of Lisbon
2001-2002  Internship in Clinical Neuropsychology, Santa Maria Hospital
1997-2002  Licenciatura in Psychology (Master's equivalent), University of Lisbon

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Research Focus

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 age of acquisition as a source of contrasts between native speakers and second language learners.


Wulff, D. U., De Deyne, S., Jones, M. N., . . . Veríssimo, J. & Mata, R. (2019, online). New perspectives on the aging lexicon. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2019.05.003

Clahsen, H., & Veríssimo, J. (2019). Investigating grammatical processing in bilinguals: The case of morphological priming. In I. A. Sekerina, L. Spradlin & V. Valian (Eds.), Bilingualism, executive function, and beyond: Questions and insights (pp. 117–130). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Reprinted from Clahsen & Veríssimo, 2016] https://doi.org/10.1075/sibil.57

Bosch, S., Veríssimo, J., & Clahsen, H. (2019). Inflectional morphology in bilingual language processing: An age-of-acquisition study. Language Acquisition, 26(3), 339–360. https://doi.org/10.1080/10489223.2019.1570204

Pliatsikas, C.*, Veríssimo, J.*, Babcock, L., Pullman, M. Y., Glei, D. A., . . . & Ullman, M. T. (2019). Working memory in older adults declines with age, but is modulated by sex and education. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72(6). 1308–1327. [*equal contribution] https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021818791994

Farhy, Y., & Veríssimo, J. (2018, online). Semantic effects in morphological priming: The case of Hebrew stems. Language and Speech. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830918811863

Jessen, A., Veríssimo, J., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Variability and consistency in late bilinguals' morphology: An ERP production study. The Mental Lexicon, 13, 186–214. https://doi.org/10.1075/ml.18002.jes

Farhy, Y., Veríssimo, J., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Do late bilinguals access pure morphology during word recognition? A masked priming study on Hebrew as a second language. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 21, 945–951. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728918000032

Veríssimo, J. (2018). Sensitive periods in both L1 and L2: Some conceptual and methodological suggestions [Commentary on Mayberry & Kluender 2018]. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 21, 932–933. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1366728918000275

Veríssimo, J., Heyer, V., Jacob, G., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Selective effects of age of acquisition on morphological priming: Evidence for a sensitive period. Language Acquisition, 25, 315–326. https://doi.org/10.1080/10489223.2017.134610

Farhy, Y., Veríssimo, J., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Universal and particular in morphological processing: Evidence from Hebrew. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 1125–1133. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2017.1310917

Jacob, G., Heyer, V., & Veríssimo, J. (2018). Aiming at the same target: A masked priming study directly comparing derivation and inflection in the second language. International Journal of Bilingualism, 22, 619–637. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006916688333

Clahsen, H. & Veríssimo, J. (2016). Dual morphology in the mental lexicon: Experimental evidence from the acquisition and processing of Greek and Portuguese. In P. Guijarro-Fuentes, M. Juan-Garau, & P. Larranaga (Eds.), Acquisition of Romance languages: Old acquisition challenges and new explanations from a generative perspective (pp. 41–64). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Clahsen, H. & Veríssimo, J. (2016). Investigating grammatical processing in bilinguals: The case of morphological priming. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 6, 685–698.

Veríssimo, J. (2016). Extending a Gradient Symbolic approach to the native versus non-native contrast: The case of plurals in compounds [Commentary on Goldrick, Putnam, & Schwarz]. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 900–902.

Veríssimo, J. & Clahsen, H. (2014). Variables and similarity in linguistic generalization: Evidence from inflectional classes in Portuguese. Journal of Memory and Language, 76, 61–79.

Hedenius, M., Persson, J., Tremblay, A., Adi-Japha, E., Veríssimo, J., . . . & Ullman, M.T. (2011). Grammar predicts procedural learning and consolidation deficits in children with Specific Language Impairment. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2362–2375.

Veríssimo, J. & Clahsen, H. (2009). Morphological priming by itself: A study of Portuguese conjugations. Cognition, 112, 187–194.

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