Nuno Gomes

PhD Student
Social Cognition and Body Odors Team

Nuno Gomes is currently a graduate student at the William James Center for Research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gün R. Semin (William James Center for Research, ISPA – Instituto Universitário), with Prof. Dr. Monique Smeets (Utrecht University) and Prof. Dr. Sandra Soares (Aveiro University) as co-supervisors.
His main research field is the behavioral and neural processing of emotionally relevant stimuli, a subject that he approaches from an evolutionary perspective. He obtained an individual doctoral fellowship from the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology), which enables him to develop his current research. The focus of his research is on exploring the modulatory effects of emotional chemosignals (e.g., fear and happiness body odors) in different group contexts (e.g., cooperation and competition) on human vigilance.

Supervised at WJCR by: Gün R. Semin, Sandra C. Soares

Main publications

Silva, F., Gomes, N., Korb, S., & Semin, G. R. (in press). Not all emotions are equal:Fear chemosignals lower awareness thresholds only for fearful faces. Chemical Senses. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjaa047
Gomes, N., Silva, F., & Semin, G. R. (2020). The lasting smell of emotions: The effects of reutilizing fear sweat samples. Behavior Research Methods. doi:10.3758/s13428-020-01412-5
Gomes, N., & Semin, G. R. (2020). Mapping human vigilance: The influence of conspecifics. Evolution and Human Behavior, 41(1), 69-75. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2019.10.002
Gomes, N., Soares, S. C., Silva, S., & Silva, C. F. (2018). Mind the snake: Fear detection relies on low spatial frequencies. Emotion, 18(6), 886-895. doi:10.1037/emo0000391
Gomes, N., Silva, S., Silva, C. F., & Soares, S. C. (2017). Beware the Serpent: The Advantage of Ecologically-Relevant Stimuli in Accessing Visual Awareness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38(2), 227-234. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.10.004