Natália Lisandra Fernandes’ main research interests include experimental psychology, cognitive psychology and evolutionary psychology. Currently, she is working on various projects exploring the evolutionary underpinnings of cognitive functioning, particularly with respect to the behavioral immune system functioning. Specifically, she has been exploring whether human memory and attention are biased or tuned to solve fitness-relevant adaptive problems, particularly those that involve contamination and reproduction. She is supervised by Josefa N. S. Pandeirada (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and James S. Nairne (Purdue University, USA) and supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/109775/2015).
Main 5 publications
Pandeirada, J. N., Fernandes, N. L., & Vasconcelos, M. (2020). Attractiveness of Human Faces: Norms by Sex, Sexual Orientation, Age, Relationship Stability, and Own Attractiveness Judgements. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00419
Fernandes, N. L., Pandeirada, J., Soares, S.C., Nairne, J. (2017). Adaptive memory: The mnemonic value of contamination. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38 (4), 451–460. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.04.003
Nairne, J. S., Pandeirada, J. N. S., & Fernandes. N. L. (2017). Adaptive memory. In John H. Byrne (Ed.) Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference (2nd Ed., Vol. 2). Oxford: Elsevier (p. 279-293).
Pandeirada, J., Fernandes, N. L., Vasconcelos, M. & Nairne, J. (2017). Adaptive Memory: Remembering Potential Mates. Evolutionary Psychology, 15, 1-11. doi:10.1177/1474704917742807