Welcome to the PROACTION Laboratory (Jorge Almeida's Lab)

Welcome to the Perception and Recognition of Objects and Actions Laboratory! We are located at Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Currently we have two main areas of research:

  1. Object Recognition - we are trying to understand how low-level cortical and subcortical pathways are involved in the way we recognize tools. We are also interested in how conceptual information is functionally organizedin the brain.

 

  1. Neuroplasticity in special populations - we have been developing a series of neuroimaging and behavioral studies with congenitally deaf individuals to study the processes of crossmodal plasticity. We have also focused on how neuromodulation helps compensatory strategies in healthy aging.

Our laboratory uses a multimethod approach to address these research questions. We have been using Visual Psychophysics (fast presentation monitors and custom made fast PIO button boxes), fMRI (SIEMENS Trio Tim 3T MRI Scanner), and neuromodulation (TMS and tDCS with neuronavigation). We also have access to Eyetracking (tobii), nad Motion Tracking (Optotrak).

If you are interested in these projects please visit our Projects' section and/or send us an email.

Job openings

We are continuously looking for researchers that are interested in working with us! Please contact Jorge, if you want to join us!

  1. Postdoctoral positions - we are looking for postdoctoral fellows that could be dedicated to one or two of the different techniques that we use in the lab: TMS, fMRI and Visual Psychophysics. Funding depends on the currently available funding schemes from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), and from Marie Curie.

  2. PhD studentships - we are looking for potential doctoral students interested in the processes of object recognition and the organization of conceptual knowledge. Funding depends on the currently available funding schemes from the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), and from Marie Curie.

  3. Research assistants are welcome to apply. We are looking for young energetic and enthusiastic researchers Programming in Matlab is a plus.