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.).
We are hiring!January, 31 - 2023
Would you rather have R2D2 or C3PO give you a haircut?
As a hairdresser, would you prefer either of these robots helping you?
Whatever you answered, is this what your brain prefers, too?
We are now hiring a PhD student/research assistant on a project aimed at pursuing questions like these. The main goal is to determine how humans trust robots in collaborative scenarios and how we can read human states from self reports and biological signals. The project is led jointly by Art Pilacinski (University of Coimbra/Ruhr-University Bochum) and Sergi Bermudez I Badia (University of Madeira), in collaboration with robotics experts like Ioannis Iossifidis, Alexandre Bernardino and others, including psychologists and neuroscientists.view more
Jorge Almeida won an ERA Chair!December, 13 - 2022
Jorge Almeida won 2.5 million euros to enhance and optimize research at the University of Coimbra in the field of cognitive neurosciences.
The funding will allow, over five years, to enhance this research at the UC. The project is funded under the ERA Chair Actions, the European Commission’s funding mechanism that supports universities and research centers so that they can attract and retain qualified human resources and, at the same time, boost research excellence in their fields of action,
Jorge Almeida will coordinate the ERA Chair “CogBooster”, which has the central objective of “creating ans sustaining an extremely strong research group in Cognitive Neuroscience, which should also support the applied research currently carried out at FPCEUC, framing the innovation developed therein in a strong fundamental science” explains the Proaction Lab Director.view more
Neuroscience goes to SchoolDecember, 06 - 2022
Pos-Doc researcher André Peres and PhD students Daniela Valério and Miguel Baião visited elementary and middle schools to talk about the brain and cognitive neuroscience to students from 8 to 14 years old.
"Neuroscience goes to School" is a Proaction Lab project that aims to bring children and teenagers closer to science.view more