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.).
Surviving the quarantine with the Proaction Lab: brainy recipesApril, 09 - 2020
If you're reading this, it is likely that you're currently on isolation, limiting social encounters and staying home as much as possible. For this reason, we will keep updating our News section and social media with some neuroscience-related entertainment suggestions that you can enjoy in your home. This is our second post and it's for the food lovers. Read this to check two of our special brain-shaped recipes.view more
We're looking for postdoctoral candidates!April, 08 - 2020
Are you (or someone you know) interested in applying to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) to work on object perception and recognition using neuroimaging, behavioral and computational approaches (fMRI, 256 ch EEG, MRI/EEG fusion, tDCS, DNNs, etc)? A MSCA-IF can be a great boost to your career if you are looking for a prestigious Fellowship that allows you to pursue your own independent research!!view more
Surviving the quarantine with the Proaction Lab: Netflix documentariesApril, 06 - 2020
If you're reading this, it is likely that you're currently on quarantaine our limiting social encounters and staying home as much as possible. You might be even working or studying from home. And that's good. But spending so much time inside can be frustrating because you can't often figure out what to do. Everything seems boring. We are going to help you out with this: in the following days, we will be sharing our favourite neuroscience-related movies, tv shows, documentaries, anime, books and much more. You'll have plenty of suggestions to ease your pain during these times. We will start with Netflix documentaries!view more