Welcome to the PROACTION Laboratory
We are part of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Our research is generously funded by the European Research Council, by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal, by COMPETE 2020, and by Portugal 2020.
Currently we have 3 main areas of research:
Object Recognition and the representation and organization of object knowledge
We are interested on how conceptual information is functionally organized in the brain, on what dictates mapping of information in the brain, and on the neural mechanisms at play in high-level cognition. This line of research is powered by the ERC starting grant “ContentMAP”, and two FCT research projects: PTDC/MHC-PCN/0522/2014 and PTDC/MHC-PCN/6805/2014.
Connectivity constraints on neural processing, representation, and organization
We are interested on how (functional and structural) connectivity shapes neural processing, and specifically how local neural representation and organization is (partly) specified by information integration with remote nodes of functionally-specified neural networks. This line of research is powered by the ERC starting grant “ContentMAP”, and an FCT research project PTDC/PSI-GER/30745/2017.
Neuroplasticity in special populations (deafness; aging)
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. This line of research is powered by an FCT research project PTDC/PSI-GER/30757/2017.
Our laboratory uses a multimethod approach to address these research questions. We have been using fMRI (SIEMENS Trio Tim 3T MRI Scanner), neuromodulation (tDCS with neuronavigation), and visual psychophysics (fast presentation monitors and custom made fast PIO button boxes), along with state of the art data analysis (Machine learning, MVPA, RSA, etc.).
Science Cafe about the brain | Science and Technology WeekNovember, 28 - 2019
Proaction Lab hosted together with CNC - Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, its first science cafe, under the Science and Technology Week theme. The event "Brain: past, present and future" was held in Aqui Base Tango pub, with the goal to have an informal conversation about the challenges in neuroscience research, from old discoveries to new exciting possibilities. The event had two guests: André Peres, a post-doctoral researcher at the Proaction Lab, and Ana Luísa Cardoso, an assistant researcher at the CNC.view more
Proaction Lab Open Day | Science and Technology Week 2019November, 27 - 2019
From 24th until 30th of November the Science and Technology Week is being celebrated in Portugal. To mark the occasion, the Proaction Lab had an Open Day, having received 21 curious participants. Three different groups had a guided tour and met our researchers.view more
Proaction Lab celebrates its 6th birthdayNovember, 14 - 2019
Our laboratory celebrates its 6th year of existence.
"We are very happy to celebrate this day." Jorge Almeida, the Proaction Lab director added. The laboratory had the chance to lunch together to commemorate the occasion and afterwards, they participated in a teambuilding activity called the "Secret Lab - 6th birthday competition".view more