Nuno Gomes

Integrated Member
Social Cognition and Body Odors Team

Nuno Gomes is a post-doctoral researcher at the William James Center for Research (ISPA – Instituto Universitário).
In 2021 he obtained the Ph.D. degree (funded by an individual doctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology; FCT) in Social Psychology (ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Portugal) with unanimous distinction and laudation. During the Ph.D. he was interested in understanding the modulatory effects of emotional chemosignals (e.g., fear body odors) and the presence of conspecifics on human vigilance. Currently, he is working on an international research project (POTION) funded by the European Commission under the H2020 program, which explores the contribution of happy and fear-related body odors in modulating several dimensions of social relations. He published 8 articles in international peer-reviewed journals (6 as the first author) in collaboration with 10 differente researchers in national and international universities. He was also invited to 2 talks in international universities/conferences and received 2 national awards.

Main publications

Gomes, N. & Semin, G. R. (2021). The function of fear chemosignals: Preparing for Danger.. Chemical Senses. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjab005
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