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.).
The role of the ventrolateral anterior temporal lobes in social cognitionJune, 23 - 2022
A recent collaboration between researchers at Bangor University (UK; Eva Balgova, Richard Binney & Veronica Diveica) and University of Coimbra (Jon Walbrin; Proaction Lab), reveals important insights about the role of anterior temporal cortex and semantic processing.view more
NeurocobotsJune, 22 - 2022
Could you imagine yourself working side by side with a robot in your professional tasks? Would you trust him to be a major help to your work?
A team of researchers from Proaction Lab is developing a scientific project called “Neurocobots”, which aims to develop a brain-machine interface to improve dynamic collaboration between humans and robots in a professional context.view more
Virtual Reality for Safe Testing and Development in Collaborative RoboticsMay, 31 - 2022
How do humans cooperate with robots that do not resemble a human being?
Are we made to more intuitively cooperate with robots similar to humans or do we treat all robots as mindless machines?
We want to answer these questions. Thanks to the use of virtual reality, we can simulate any sort of robots, such the currently available industrial robots such as Baxter.
In our latest article published together with Neurohab Lab, Paula Alexandra Silva and Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR|Lisboa) we summarize the state of the art in the use of VR for testing collaborative robots.view more