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Role of technology in human socio-cognitive development:

  • Human – Robot Interaction (HRI). Factors that facilitate and inhibit interactions between humans and social robots.
  • Human – Computer Interaction (HCI). Socio-cognitive aspects of computer interaction. Sociocognitive aspects of online interactions.
  • Virtual environments (Augmented & Virtual Reality) as platforms for exploring behavior andinteraction, whether between humans or between humans and robots.
  • The role and contribution of factors such as attitudes, social norms, social perception, socialcognition, social representations, values, to the desire and intention to use technology.

Emotional Processes:

  • Positive emotions and well-being.
  • Anticipated emotions and anticipatory emotions.
  • Interface between emotions and cognition.

Cognitive - Constructivists Psychotherapies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Predicting intention to work with social robots, University of Algarve

Award Date: 13 May 2015

External positions

Professor auxiliar convidado, University of Algarve

8 Nov 2022 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Human – Robot Interaction (HRI)
  • Emotions
  • Social cognition


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