Inês Almeida

Inês Almeida

2001/2002 to 2005/2006 BSc in Psychology (5 years), pre-specialization area in Psychological Assessment, Counselling and Rehabilitation, at the Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education of the University of Coimbra. The final year (5th) of the course concerned research projects in the field of Neuropsychology, specifically experimental studies related with explicit and implicit memory, either with healthy participants or patients (Parkinson disease; Case study of patient with fornix damage due to tumour resection) at the Biomedical Institute for Research in Light and Image (IBILI), Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra (FMUC).

October 2006 to September 2007 – Research assistant in the project “The role of the cortico-basal ganglia circuit in learning and memory: From patient studies to functional neuroimaging” (Principal Investigator: Marieke van Asselen; research grant from the BIAL Foundation, 2006), at the IBILI-FMUC. This work was a continuity of the work already started during the stage (5th year) and involved neuropsychological assessment and psychophysical testing in patients with Parkinson disease and normal controls. Later on, the experimental studies also involved Huntington patients.

January 2008 until the present time - Ph.D. student in Health Sciences (pre-Bologna) with a project devoted to the theme “Implicit Processing of Emotional faces using Temporal and Spatial constraints – a Multimodal Approach” (FCT scholarship; Supervisors: Miguel Castelo-Branco, Marieke van Asselen), at the IBILI-FMUC.

 Scientific Interest:

Inês Almeida is currently working on the neural correlates of emotional signals processing, namely with biologically relevant faces and animal shapes, when visual attention and awareness mechanisms are constrained. She is currently using behavioural, psycho/electrophysiological and functional imaging measures to study the processing of emotionally relevant stimuli. Moreover, she is interested in the pathological automaticity of processes related with fear and anxiety which give rise to psychiatric conditions, and their somatic repercussions. Finally, she is fascinated by the interaction of the central and the enteric nervous systems with the immune system.

5 Keys Publications:

  • Almeida I., van Asselen M., & Castelo-Branco M. The role of the amygdala and the basal ganglia in visual processing of central vs. peripheral emotional content. (accepted in Neuropsychologia)
  • Dores A.R., Almeida I., Barbosa F., Castelo-Branco M., Monteiro L., Reis M., de Sousa L. & Castro Caldas A. Effects of emotional valence and three-dimensionality of visual stimuli on brain activation: an fMRI Study. (accepted in NeuroRehabilitation)
  • van Asselen M., Júlio, F., Januário C., Bobrowicz-Campos E., Almeida I., Cavaco S., & Castelo-Branco M. (2012). Scanning patterns of faces do not explain impaired emotion recognition in Huntington disease: evidence for a high level mechanism. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 31.
  • van Asselen M., Júlio, F., Januário C., Bobrowicz-Campos E., Almeida I., Cavaco S., Simões M., & Castelo-Branco M. (2012). Implicit contextual learning in prodromal and early stage Huntington’s disease patients. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 1–8.
  •  van Asselen M., Almeida I., André R., Januário C., Freire A., & Castelo-Branco M. (2009). The role of the basal ganglia in implicit context learning: A study of Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 47, 1269–1273.

Phone Number: +351 239 480 263

Office: IBILI Bulding, floor , office 81

 Email: italmeida@fmed.uc.pt
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