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.).
COVID-19: scientists publish security measures for neuroscience researchMay, 18 - 2020
A group of 41 scientists from 20 countries, including our head of the lab, Jorge Almeida, developed a guide to quickly and safely reestablish research and clinical activities related to neuroscience and the use of brain stimulation techniques, that are currently very limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.view more
Surviving the quarantine with the Proaction Lab: Podcasts again!May, 18 - 2020
Portugal started today the second phase of loosing the security measures put in place to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems that, slowly, things will start to get back to normal or the closest we can get to it. For that reason, this is the last post of the 'Surviving the Quarantine with the Proaction Lab' series we have scheduled for now. We sincerley hope we get no reason whatsoever to resume this series. For this last one, we have two podcasts you can listen anywhere, with or without a protective mask. Neuroscience is obviously the main focus.view more
Surviving the quarantine with the Proaction Lab: Optical Illusions and Youtube videosMay, 15 - 2020
Today we are bringing something different, that we haven't mentioned before. There is a page on the internet where you may get lost exploring tons of Optical Illusions. It would also be a failure if we didn’t mention one of the biggest YouTubers that talks about psychology and neuroscience. Do you know what we are talking about? Check our recommendations.view more