Home > Research > Researchers > Pablo De Juan Bernabeu

Pablo De Juan Bernabeu

Research student

Pablo De Juan Bernabeu

Lancaster University

Fylde College




After doing a research master's in Psycholinguistics, I'm now a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant in Cognitive Psychology. I'm investigating how conceptual processing is supported by linguistic and sensorimotor brain systems. I use methods such as behavioural and electroencephalographic experiments, corpus analysis, statistics, and programming.

Thesis Outline

The linguistic and sensorimotor bases of semantic processing: An investigation into the role of individual differences.

How do we understand the meaning of words? My PhD focuses on conceptual processing, and how individual differences affect how people understand the meaning of words. Conceptual processing has been found to draw on two cognitive systems. One is a linguistic system, based on knowledge of words and the relations among them. The other is a sensorimotor system, which draws on our perceptual, motor, and affective experience. These two systems contribute to conceptual processing in a sequential manner: the linguistic system is activated first, providing more superficial semantic information, with the sensorimotor system slower to reach peak activation, but providing more refined meaning. We know that the relative importance of each system is modulated by contextual factors (e.g., linguistic context, processing goals, cognitive resources). However, we know much less about how people’s individual cognitive capacities and experience (reading experience, reasoning ability), interact with these systems, which has become a central theme in my work. 

Much evidence has been found in cognitive psychology for the role of linguistic systems (based on statistical regularities in how words co-occur in language) and sensorimotor systems (based on perceptual, motor, affective experience). The linguistic system is consistently linked to faster, more superficial processing, while the sensorimotor system is linked to slower, more cognitively demanding tasks (Connell & Lynott, 2013; Louwerse, Hutchinson, Tillman, & Recchia, 2015). Recent evidence suggests that individual differences, such as measures of reading experience (e.g., Pexman & Yap, 2018), and of sensorimotor experience (Beilock, et al., 2008; Vukovic & Williams, 2015), provide additional explanatory power for accounts of embodied cognition. For example, linguistic individual differences in vocabulary predict word recognition and information processing speed (Yap et al., 2012). Likewise, sensorimotor individual differences in spatial perspective-taking are also implicated in semantic processing, as participants who tend to naturally adopt an internal perspective in space are more likely to engage in perceptual simulation when reading, by identifying themselves as the protagonist (Vukovic & Williams, 2015). 

Research Interests

  • Cognitive psychology and neuroscience
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Semantic / conceptual processing
  • Statistics
  • Open science
  • Programming

Current Teaching

As a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), I contribute to seminars, labs, marking, GTAs' representation (2019/2020), and invigilation, totalling 180 hours per year.





Understanding Psychology (101) — Seminars and essay marking

Investigating Psychology: Analysis (102) — Labs


Understanding Psychology (101) — Seminars and essay marking

Cognitive Psychology (201) — Seminars and essay marking

Master's Statistics (401) — Labs

Contact me


Web Links

Google Scholar

Research materials on OSF


Curriculum Vitae

Data Dashboards

  • Butterfly species richness in LA: various sources. Open data (iNaturalist and BioScan) from Prudic, K.L.; Oliver, J.C.; Brown, B.V.; Long, E.C. Comparisons of Citizen Science Data-Gathering Approaches to Evaluate Urban Butterfly Diversity. Insects 2018, 9, 186. Dashboard independently developed by Pablo Bernabeu.

Blog Posts


Webpage: http://www.research.lancs.ac.uk/portal/en/people/pablo-de-juan-bernabeu


Research Master Language and Communication - Tilburg University and Radboud University (Netherlands)

BA English Philology - Autonomous University of Madrid

Additional Information


Cognitive Science

Electroencephalography, event-related potentials, Brain Vision (e.g., https://osf.io/97unm/), transcranial brain stimulation, eye tracking, internet-based experiments, basic E-Prime and Presentation.


Mainly frequentist and some Bayesian statistics. Linear Mixed Effects models, ANOVA, regression, t-test, Chi-Square, correlation, Principal Component Analysis, equivalence testing.

R Programming

R Markdown reports; online data dashboards with Shiny, Flexdashboard, Plotly; Binder environments (e.g., https://osf.io/brkjw/); mining, preprocessing, analysis of Big Data (language corpora, news and social media, through API or web scraping); statistics; visualization; Natural Language Processing (regular expressions, word frequency and sentiment analysis, topic modelling; e.g., https://osf.io/k4ycz/).

Web Development


Business and Administration

Quantitative and qualitative service analysis. Power BI, Zendesk, Jira, Confluence, Asana.


English: C1IELTS 2018 (marks out of 9): Writing, 7.5; Reading, 7.5; Speaking, 7.5; Listening, 8.5. Spanish: native. Catalan: B1. French: B1. Dutch: A2Italian: A2.



Social media


View all (4) »

View all (10) »