Moreno Coco

Dr Moreno Coco

Senior Lecturer

, School of Psychology

Areas Of Interest

Cognitive science, visual cognition, psycholinguistics, cognitive aging and neuro-degenerative diseases, statistics and data analysis for complex data, statistical software, psychological measurements, computational modeling, eye-tracking, electro-physiology.

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences working at the School of Psychology, University of East London. Previously, I was a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, and before that a Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Lisbon, awarded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Prior to my two independent research fellowships,  I was first a PhD (with scholarship), and then a Post-Doc at the Institute of Language, Cognition and Computation of the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, hired on an ERC grant.



My current research focuses is the interplay of attention and memory in healthy and neuro-degenerate populations (e.g., Alzheimer). In my previous research, I investigated the mechanisms sustaining the interaction between visual attention and sentence processing on eye-movement or action-dynamics (mouse-tracking) responses, as well as, on neural responses (EEG) using a variety of experimental tasks performed either individually or in interaction.


  • M.I. Coco, A. Nuthmann and O. Dimigen (in press). Fixation-related brain potential during semantic integration of object-scene information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. DOI:10.1162/jocn_a_01504
  • F. Cimminella, S. Della Sala and M.I. Coco (in press). Extra-foveal processing of object semantics guides early overt attention during visual search. Attention, Perception and & Psychophysics. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-019-01906-1
  • M.T. Borges, E.G, Fernandes and M.I. Coco (2019). Age-related dierences during visual search: the role of contextual expectations and top-down control mechanisms.Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, DOI: 110.1080/13825585.2019.1632256
  • E.G., Fernandes, M.I. Coco and H.P. Branigan (2019). When Eye Fixation might not reflect Online Ambiguity Resolution: A study on Structural Priming using the Visual-World Paradigm in Portuguese. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, DOI: 10.1007/s41809-019-00021-9
  • N.F., Duarte, J., Tasevski, M.,Rakovic, M.I. Coco, J. Santos-Victor, (2018). ActionReading: Anticipating the Intentions of Humans and Robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(4), = 2377-3766, DOI:10.1109/LRA.2018.2861569
  • M. Garraffa, M.I. Coco, and H.P. Branigan, (2018). Impaired implicit learning of syntactic structure in children with developmental language disorder: Evidence from syntactic priming. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 3, 2396941518779939.
  • M.I.Coco, R. Dale and F. Keller (2018). Performance in a Collaborative Search Task: The Role of Feedback and Alignment. Topics in Cognitive Science. 10(1), 55-79.
  • M.I. Coco, S. Araujo, and K.M. Petersson (2017). Disentangling Stimulus Plausibility and Contextual Congruency: Electro-Physiological Evidence for Differential Cognitive Dynamics. Neuropsychologia, 96(2), 150–163. DOI. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.12.008
  • C. Souza, M.I. Coco, S. Pinho, C. N. Filipe, J. C. Carmo (2016). Contextual effects on visual short-term memory in high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 32, 64-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2016.09.003 8
  • M.I. Coco, N. Duran (2016). When Expectancies Collide: Action Dynamics Reveal the Interaction Between Stimulus Plausibility and Congruency. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.  DOI: 10.3758/s13423-016-1022-9
  • M. I. Coco, L. Badino, P. Cipresso, A. Chirico, E, Ferrari, G. Riva, A. Gaggioli, A. D’Ausilio (2017). Multiscale behavioral synchronization in a joint tower-building task, IEEE: TAMD, DOI: 10.1109/TCDS.2016.2545739.
  • M.I. Coco, F. Keller, G.L. Malcolm (2016). Anticipation in Real-world Scenes: The Role of Visual Context and Visual Memory, Cognitive Science, 40 (8), 1995–2024. DOI:10.1111/cogs.12313
  • M.I. Coco and F. Keller (2015). Integrating Mechanisms of Visual Guidance in Naturalistic Language Production, Cognitive Processing, 16(2)
  • M. Garraffa, M.I. Coco and H.P. Branigan (2015). Effects of Immediate and Cumulative Syntactic Experience in Language Impairment: Evidence from Priming of Subject Relatives in Children with SLI, Language Learning and Development, 11(1), 18-40
  • M.I. Coco and F. Keller (2015). The Interaction of Visual and Linguistic Saliency during Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(1), 46-74
  • M.I. Coco and R. Dale (2014). Cross-Recurrence Quantification Analysis of Categorical and Continuous Time-Series: an R-Package. Frontiers in Psychology, Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, 5:510
  • M.I. Coco and F. Keller (2014). Classification of Visual and Linguistic Tasks using Eye-Movement Features. Journal of Vision, 14(3):11
  • M.I. Coco, G.L. Malcolm and F. Keller (2014). The Interplay of Bottom-Up and Top- Down Mechanisms in Visual Guidance during Object Naming, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(6):1096-1120
  • A.D.F. Clarke, M.I. Coco and F. Keller (2013). The Impact of Attentional, Linguistic and Visual Features during Object Naming, Frontiers in Psychology, 4:927
  • M.I. Coco and F. Keller, (2012). Scan Patterns Predict Sentence Production in the Cross- Modal Processing of Visual Scenes. Cognitive Science, 36(7), 1204-1223


  • POR Lisboa, FEDER: Grant, PI Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia and European Union (FEDER), PTDC/PSI-ESP/30958/2017 In search of lost memory: Experimental Evidences and Computational Models of Visual Memory in Healthy and Neuro-Degenerate Ageing
  • Early Career Fellowship; Leverhulme Trust, ECF-014-205: Formation maintenance and use of top-down knowledge in Alzheimer Dementia
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia, SFRH/BPD/88374/2012: Neural Correlates of Context Violation during Synchronous Visual and Linguistic Processing.


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