Sara B. Félix

Sara B. Félix
PhD Student
Cognition Team

Sara got her Psychology Bachelor’s degree in 2016 (University of Aveiro, UA). Thereafter, she spent a semester as an Erasmus student at the Autonomous University of Madrid, having participated in the research activity developed at the Department of Psychobiology and Health Psychology – Faculty of Psychology. In 2017, she started her journey on the research of the Adaptive Memory subject at the EvoCog Lab (UA) in the context of an initiation research fellowship (BIC).  In 2018, she finished her Master’s degree in Health Psychology and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (UA). Her dissertation project focused on the mnemonic effect of animacy. Currently, Sara is a PhD student of the William James Center for Research at the Department of Education and Psychology – UA. Her PhD project is being supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/145097/2019). Her project addresses several aspects of the animacy effect in human memory, namely, its investigation in healthy and pathological ageing and in prospective memory tasks. Her work is being supervised by Josefa N. S. Pandeirada (WJCR-UA), and co-supervised by Marie Poirier (City, University of London, UK) and James S. Nairne (Purdue University, USA). Her main research interests include experimental psychology, cognitive psychology and evolutionary psychology.

Supervised in WJCR by: Josefa N. S. Pandeirada

Main publications

Félix, S. B., Pandeirada, J. N. S., & Nairne, J. S. (in press). Animacy norms for 224 European Portuguese concrete words. Análise Psicológica. (available at:
Félix, S. B., Pandeirada, J. N. S., & Nairne, J. S. (2019). Adaptive memory: Longevity and learning intentionality of the animacy effect. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31, 251-260. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2019.1586716
Pandeirada, J. N. S., Félix, S. B., & Nairne, J. S. (2019). Animacy. In: Vonk J., Shackelford T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_2069-1