Bilde av Bernabeu, Pablo
Bilde av Bernabeu, Pablo
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Pablo Bernabeu

Postdoctoral fellow

Job description

Do you speak a Scandinavian language(s) and English, but no other languages? Delta i et EEG-eksperiment.


After doing a research master's, I became a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant in Psychology at Lancaster University. In my thesis, I investigated how conceptual processing—that is, the comprehension of the meaning of words—is supported by linguistic and sensorimotor brain systems, and how research on this topic is influenced by methodological aspects such as the operationalisation of variables and the sample size of experiments.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Language and Culture, and specifically within the PoLaR Lab and C-LaBL (where I have co-organised the weekly Lunch Seminars). As a member of the LESS Project (Language Economy through Transfer Source Selectivity), I investigate how language learners coordinate several languages ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​early in the acquisition process, how this process is influenced by the characteristics of the languages, and how the process is reflected in the brain. As part of this work, I also set up an EEG lab, and doubled as a lab manager for months. Earlier, I worked as a statistical consultant for the CLICK Project (Cross-Linguistic Influence of Competing Knowledge), which investigates multilingualism in heritage speakers.

I am also interested in other topics, such as the relationship between language and other cognitive domains, and the origins and evolution of language. Throughout my research, I have used methods such as behavioural and electroencephalographic experiments, corpus analysis, statistics and programming.

The materials from my research are available at


In addition to my publications, I have shared some short essays, tutorials, presentations and inquiries, as well as functions for the implementation of experiments, data analysis and other purposes.

Last, I have developed a few web applications, such as the following ones.

  • Pablo Bernabeu, Richard Tillman :
    More refined typology and design in linguistic relativity: The case of motion event encoding
    Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Pablo Bernabeu :
    Dutch modality exclusivity norms for 336 properties and 411 concepts
    PsyArXiv 2018 ARKIV / DOI
  • Pablo Bernabeu :
    Language and sensorimotor simulation in conceptual processing: Multilevel analysis and statistical power
  • Pablo Bernabeu, Dermot Lynott, Louise Connell :
    Preregistration: The interplay between linguistic and embodied systems in conceptual processing
    OSF Preprints 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Pablo Bernabeu :
    Modality switches occur early and extend late in conceptual processing: Evidence from ERPs
  • Pablo Bernabeu, R. M. WIllems, M. M. Louwerse :
    Modality switch effects emerge early and increase throughout conceptual processing: Evidence from ERPs
  • Pablo Bernabeu :
    Language evolution: Current status and future directions
    2015 FULLTEKST

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    Research interests

    • cognitive psychology and neuroscience
    • psycholinguistics
    • multilingualism
    • semantic / conceptual processing
    • open science
    • research methods


    Since my PhD, I have advised several students and colleagues about conducting behavioural and EEG experiments, and about data processing and statistics. Furthermore, during my postdoc, I have co-supervised a master's thesis.

    My PhD scholarship was teaching-based, so I contributed to my department’s curriculum for 180 hours a year. Each year, I led 30 seminars and marked 80 essays in developmental, cognitive and social psychology, while also helping in 30 statistics labs.

    Furthermore, during my PhD, I was a representative for graduate teaching assistants in my department for a year.

    Last, I am a Certified Carpentries Instructor, and have led several workshops on data analysis using R. Earlier in my career, I taught English to secondary-education students in Spain, and Spanish to adults in Lithuania.

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