Research Lines

The Program of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavior is structured in two lines of research: (1) Psychobiology, Neuropsychology and Basic Psychological Processes and (2) Preclinical and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience. The research lines of the program bring together the scientific and technological knowledge of the specialties and incorporate in depth some of the most challenging themes of the concentration area.


1. Line of research Psychobiology: Basic Psychological Processes and Neuropsychology

This line of research brings together the study of behavior and neuropsychophysiological basis of cognition and basic psychological processes, aiming to characterize, evaluate and understand the neural mechanisms underlying development, maturation, plasticity, adaptation to the physical and social environment. This line will aggregate studies on perception, memory, learning, emotion, language and psychopharmacology in normal and pathological conditions, through the use of psychophysical, behavioral, electrophysiological and neuropsychological methods in humans and animals. The line of research is to understand how behavior and the nervous system are associated and how they are influenced by the physical and social environment. The understanding of the bases that compose the cognition and the animal and human behavior establishes an integrative conceptual vision between the neurosciences and the psychology.

Professors: Carla Alexandra da Silva Moita Minervino, Flávio Freitas Barbosa; Marine Raquel Diniz da Rosa; Natanael Antônio dos Santos; Nelson Torro Alves


2. Research Line Preclinical and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience

It congregates the study of the psychophysiological and psychopharmacological foundations of behavior, cognition and basic psychological processes under the conditions of clinical and preclinical evaluation in humans and animal models. In this line, the focus is preclinical studies with animals and clinical studies with patients with mental and neurological disorders or undergoing pharmacological treatments stand out in this line. The studies aim to determine the potential effects and, mainly, the risks for the human being.

Professors: Anna Alice Figueirêdo De Almeida; Liana Clébia Soares Lima de Morais; Margareth de Fátima Formiga Melo Diniz; Marine Raquel Diniz da Rosa; Melyssa K. Cavalcanti Galdino; Natanael Antonio dos Santos; Reinaldo Nóbrega Almeida.