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Patrícia OLIVEIRA-SILVA is graduated in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Human Neurophysiology and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2014 at the University of Minho. She is the Director of the Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory - The HNL and the vice-dean of the Faculty of Education and Psychology at Católica-Porto for Internationalization, Research, and Social Responsibility.

As the HNL director, she has contributed to establishing an enriching research and learning environment, home to more than 20 students, involving undergraduate (1st, 2nd, and 3rd years), master, and Ph.D. students. She conducts cross-disciplinary research focused on fundamental and applied cognitive and affective neurosciences.

Her primary research focuses on examining the interplay between psychological and neurophysiological processes. Throughout these years, she has coordinated funded research projects, established scientific cooperation with several national and international groups, supervised Master's and Ph.D. students, and organized many scientific events.

The more frequent terms used in her scientific production are Neuroscience; Neurophysiology; Brain; Resting State Brain Networks; Empathy; Cardiac Frequency/Heart Rate; Psychophysiological Synchrony/Linkage; and Emotion Regulation.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, in Clinical Psychology, University of Minho

Dec 201018 Dec 2014

Award Date: 18 Dec 2014

Bachelor in Biological Sciences - Human Neurophysiology

Award Date: 2 Feb 2006

External positions

Journal Editorial Board Member of the EDUCATIA 21 Journal, Babes-Bolyai University

Oct 2020 → …

Senior Member of the Affect, Personality and Embodied Brain international network, Nottingham Trent University

Oct 2019 → …

Journal Associate Editor of the Psychology & Neuroscience Journal

Oct 2017 → …


  • QP Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Peripheral measures
  • Default mode network
  • Brain
  • Neuroimaging
  • Synchrony
  • BF Psychology
  • Empathy
  • Dyadic interaction
  • Social interaction
  • Environmental empathy


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