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Duarte Pereira

Research student, School of Psychology

Email:
pereirad@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

We all learn, and yet the mechanisms of memory are not yet fully understood. In my research I am interested in what the brain is doing when we learn, after we learn, and while we sleep under the influence of curiosity. In other words, the influence of internally-driven motivational state and reward system. Current research has shown that populations of neurons in our brain are active during learning and consolidating (after learning). Understanding this activity differs when affected by curiosity, is one piece of the much larger puzzle that the variability in human learning behaviours and mechanisms. I will be predominantly be using M/EEG to characterize and illustrate neuronal activity.

Biography

  • BSc Psychology (w/ honors); University of Aberdeen 2009-2013
  • MSc Occupational & Organisational Psychology; City University London, 2014-2015
  • MSc Neuroimaging; Cardiff University, 2017-2018

Research interests

We all learn, and yet the mechanisms of memory are not yet fully understood. In my research I am interested in what the brain is doing when we learn, after we learn, and while we sleep under the influence of curiosity. In other words, the influence of internally-driven motivational state and reward system. Current research has shown that populations of neurons in our brain are active during learning and consolidating (after learning). Understanding this activity differs when affected by curiosity, is one piece of the much larger puzzle that the variability in human learning behaviours and mechanisms. I will be predominantly be using M/EEG to characterize and illustrate neuronal activity.

Research Topics and Related Papers

  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Consolidation
  • Sleep
  • Curiosity
  • Motivation

Research Group

Dr Matthias Gruber

Dr Matthias Gruber

Senior Research Fellow