Joana Costa Do Carmo

Joana Costa Do Carmo


Joana Costa do Carmo Completed the Licenciatura in Psychology in 2004 by Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Psicologia, Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience in 2010 by Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy) and Master in Cognitive Science in 2006 by Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Is currently an Assistant Researcher at Universidade Lusófona (from 2022 - present). Her research framework falls under the Cognitive Science's umbrella, with work developed mostly within cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and neuropsychology disciplines. Her current work is organized in three lines: 1) Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorder; 2) Memory studies, and 3) the cross between those - Memory studies in Autism. She Co-supervised 1 PhD thesis(es). Supervised 6 MSc dissertation(s). In her professional activities interacted with 40 collaborator(s) co-authorship of scientific papers. She has both national and international solid and long-standing collaborations.


  • Licenciatura
  • Master
    Cognitive Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Pós-Graduação
    Neuropsychological Intervention: Evaluation and Rehabilitation



Journal article

  • 2023-09-25, Editorial: Bridging the initiation of a response hypothesis in autism: from language to motor action, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2023-06-24, Sub-second timing irregularities in a simple motor task in autism spectrum disorder: Preliminary effects of intermittent light stimulation, Journal of Neuropsychology
  • 2022-09-26, Disentangling response initiation difficulties from response inhibition in autism spectrum disorder: A sentence-completion task, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2022-01-06, Conceptual knowledge modulates memory recognition of common items: The selective role of item-typicality, Memory & Cognition
  • 2022, The distinctive pattern of declarative memories in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Further evidence of episodic system., Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2022, Norms for pictures of proper names: Contrasting famous people and well-known places in younger and older adults., Behavior Research Methods
  • 2022, Is the dolphin a fish? ERP evidence for the impact of typicality during early visual processing in ultra-rapid semantic categorization in autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • 2021-12-04, A Systematic Review of Normative Studies Using Images of Common Objects, Frontiers in Psychology
  • 2021-06-16, The update of semantic memories in amnestic mild cognitive impairment, Journal of Neuropsychology
  • 2021-02-10, RealPic: Picture norms of real-world common items, Behavior Research Methods
  • 2020-12-04, We see the orange not the lemon: typicality effects in ultra-rapid categorization in adults with and without autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Neuropsychology
  • 2018-10-10, Holistic processing of faces is intact in adults with autism spectrum disorder, Visual Cognition
  • 2017-12, Over-imitation in autism spectrum disorder: causally opaque and transparent actions, Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science
  • 2017-08-15, Effects of categorical representation on visuospatial working memory in autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • 2017-01-31, Brief Report: Testing the Impairment of Initiation Processes Hypothesis in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2017, The content boundaries of natural categories in high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder, Psique
  • 2016-12, Contextual effects on visual short-term memory in high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • 2016-07-26, Preserved Proactive Interference in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • 2015-07-24, Verbal fluency as a function of time in autism spectrum disorder: An impairment of initiation processes?, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • 2013, Preserved Imitation of Known Gestures in Children with High-Functioning Autism, ISRN Neurology
  • 2012-10-10, Understanding and Imitating Unfamiliar Actions: Distinct Underlying Mechanisms, PLoS ONE
  • 2009-08-27, Neuropsychological perspectives on the mechanisms of imitation, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2009-04, Imitation of transitive and intransitive actions in healthy individuals, Brain and Cognition

Encyclopedia entry

  • Proactive Interference in ASD, Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Autism in Portugal, Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Conference paper

  • Inception based deep learning: Biometric identification using electroencephalography (EEG), International symposium on networks, computers and communications, 2023

Conference poster

  • 2023, Towards the neural dissociation of proper and common names: dissociating Theta and Alpha oscillatory dynamics in naming retrieval of objects, people and places, APPE
  • 2021-05, Episodic memory deficits in ASD as reflected in ERP and theta oscillatory activity: the old-new effect, XVI PhD meeting in Psychology. A whole new world: implications for Psychology
  • 2020, Episodic deficits in ASD as reflected in atypical theta oscillatory activity: The old-new oscillatory effect, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies,


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