Communica­tion, Emotion & Brain (CEB)

Cognition and neuroscience research group based at Iscte, Lisbon.
We are interested in the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms that allow people to communicate.

How do we infer other people’s emotions?

How do we perceive speech and voices?

   How do we respond to music?

Multi-level Approach

We use a variety of behavioral methods in our work, often combined with neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI) and peripheral physiological measures (e.g., electromyography).

Many of our studies seek to understand how people process music and vocal expressions of emotion. We study typical participants of all ages, specialized groups such as musicians, and people with clinical conditions.


Latest Papers


Emotional Authenticity in Vocalizations

Lima, C. F., Arriaga, P., Anikin, A., Pires, A. R., Frade, S., Neves, L., & Scott, S. K. (online first, 2021). Authentic and posed emotional vocalizations trigger distinct facial responses. Cortex. DOI:10.1016/j.cortex.2021.04.015

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Associations Between Musical Abilities and Vocal Emotion Recognition

Correia, A. I., Castro, S. L., MacGregor, C., Müllensiefen, D., Schellenberg, E. G., & Lima, C. F. (online first, 2020). Enhanced recognition of vocal emotions in individuals with naturally good musical abilities. Emotion. DOI:10.1037/emo0000770

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Mild Cognitive Impairment Affects Emotion Recognition

Moreira, H. S., Costa, A. S., Machado, A., Castro, S. L., Vicente, S., & Lima, C. F. (online first, 2021). Impaired recognition of facial and vocal emotions in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. DOI:10.1017/S135561772100014X

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