Rita Mendonça

PhD Student
Social Cognition and Body Odors Team

Rita Mendonça is currently a Ph.D. student funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (SFRH/BD/118845/2016). Her broad research focus is on situated social cognition. She is interested in investigating the core processes that sustain the representation of basic abstract concepts such as agency, time, and politics and how these are influenced by the culturally anchored direction of movement (Spatial Agency Bias). Specifically, she investigates how the spatial representation of multimodal stimuli (e.g., visual, auditory) is driven by the direction of reading and writing which induces asymmetric visual scanning habits. This habitualized spatial bias is likely to constrain our attention orientation to specific locations in space and consequently shape eye-movements, detection latencies and social inferences.

Supervised at WJCR by: Gün R. Semin

Main publications

Mendonça, R., Garrido, M. V. , & Semin, G. R. (2020). Social inferences from faces as a function of the left-to-right movement continuum. Frontiers in Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01488
Mendonça, R., Gouveia-Pereira, M., & Miranda, M. (2016). Belief in a just world and secondary victimization: The role of adolescent deviant behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 97, 82-87. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.021
Gouveia-Pereira, M., Gomes, H. M., Roncon, F., & Mendonça, R. (2016) Impulsivity mediates the relationship between future orientation and juvenile deviancy. Journal of Deviant Behavior, 18, 57 – 65. doi:10.1080/01639625.2016.1190591