Rita Mendonça

Social Cognition and Body Odors Team

Rita Mendonça’s 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.

Main publications

Mendonça, R., Garrido, M. V. , & Semin, G. R. (2021). The effect of simultaneously presented words and auditory tones on visuomotor performance. Multisensory Research, 1–28. doi: 10.1163/22134808-bja10052
Mendonça, R., Garrido, M. V. , & Semin, G. R. (2020). Asymmetric practices of reading and writing shape visuospatial attention and discrimination. Scientific Reports, 10, 21100. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-78080-0
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