Dr Olivia Afonso
Early Career Research Fellow
Olivia Afonso obtained a Psychology BSc in 2005 and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of La Laguna (Spain). Her PhD focused on the role that phonological information plays during writing production. After obtaining her PhD, she investigated the spelling deficits exhibited by adults and children with dyslexia and by individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment in the University of Oviedo (Spain). She has also developed several research projects in the Pierre-Mendès-France University in Grenoble and in the University of Poitiers (France). In 2015 she obtained a postgraduate diploma in Neuroimaging Techniques by the University of Málaga (Spain). She joined Oxford Brookes University as an Early Career Research Fellow in 2016.
Olivia's research interests concern language processing in general and the writing production process in particular. In her investigation, she addresses the cognitive processes underlying typical and atypical spelling and handwriting in both children and adults. She is also interested in the differences between handwriting and typewriting from a cognitive and developmental perspective. Her research is mainly based on the analysis of online measures of the written response, such as written latencies, writing durations, pen pressure and in-air pen duration and trajectory.
Afonso, O., Suárez-Coalla, P., González-Martín, N., & Cuetos, F. (2017).doi: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1275713
González-Martín, N., Suárez-Coalla, P., Afonso, O., & Cuetos, F. (2017). Estudio de los mecanismos de escritura en niños españoles de educación primaria. Infancia y Aprendizaje. doi: 10.1080/02103702.2016.1263448
Afonso, O., Suárez-Coalla, P., & Cuetos, F. (2015). Spelling impairments in Spanish dyslexic adults. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Processes, 6. doi: 0.3389/fpsyg.2015.00466
Afonso, O., Álvarez, C. J., & Kandel, S. (2015). Effects of grapheme-to-phoneme probability on writing durations. Memory & Cognition, 43, pp. 579-592. doi: 10.3758/s13421-014-0489-8
Conrad, M., Álvarez, C. J., Afonso, O., & Jacobs, A. M. (2015). Sublexical modulation of simultaneous language activation in bilingual visual word recognition: The role of syllabic units. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18, pp. 696-72. doi: 10.1017/S1366728914000443
Afonso, O., Álvarez, C. J., Domínguez, A., & Morales, D. (2014). Sublexical and lexico-syntactic factors in gender access in Spanish. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 43, pp. 13-25. doi:10.1007/s10936-012-9236-0
Roux, J. S., McKeeff, T. J., Grosjacques, G., Afonso, O., & Kandel, S. (2013). The interaction between central and peripheral processes in handwriting production. Cognition, 127, pp. 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2012.12.009
Afonso, O. & Álvarez, C. J. (2011). Phonological effects in handwriting production: Evidence from the implicit priming paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37(6), pp. 1474-1483. doi: 10.1037/a0024515.
Afonso, O. & Álvarez, C. J. (2011). Efectos de la frecuencia silábica en la producción escrita del español. Revista de Logopedia, Foniatría y Audiología, 31(1), pp. 33-38.
Afonso, O. & Álvarez, C. J. (2009). La sílaba también es importante en la escritura de palabras. Ciencia Cognitiva.
Álvarez, C. J., Cottrell, D., & Afonso, O. (2009). Writing dictated words and picture names: Syllabic boundaries affect execution in Spanish. Applied Psycholinguistics, 30, pp. 205-223. doi: 10.1017/S0142716409090092.
Duñabeitia, J. A., Avilés, A., Afonso, O., Scheepers, C., & Carreiras, M. (2009). Qualitative differences in the representation of abstract versus concrete words: Evidence from the visual-world paradigm. Cognition, 110, pp. 284-292.
Álvarez, C. J., Conrad, M., Afonso, O., & Jacobs, A. (2006). Activation of syllabic units by bilinguals in reading words: What is the relevant frequency? Australian Journal of Psychology, 58, page 60.
Publications from RADAR
- Afonso, O, Suarez-Coalla, P, Gonzalez-Martin, N, Cuetos, F (2017) The impact of word frequency on peripheral processes during handwriting: A matter of age. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology [summary page]
- Gonzalez-Martin, N, Suarez-Coalla, P, Afonso, O, Cuetos, F (2017) A study of writing mechanisms in Spanish primary education children / Estudio de los mecanismos de escritura en niños españoles de Educación Primaria. Infancia y Aprendizaje. Journal for the Study of Education and Development, 40 (1). [summary page]
- Afonso, O, Alvarez, C, Kandel, S (2016) Effects of grapheme-to-phoneme probability on writing durations. Memory and Cognition, 43 (4). pp. 579-582. [summary page]
- Afonso, O, Suarez-Coalla, P, Cuetos, F (2015) Spelling impairments in Spanish dyslexic adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (466). pp. 1-10. [summary page]