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Armindo Freitas-Magalhaes

Armindo Freitas-Magalhaes

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My research concerns the scientific study of human emotion, more concretely facial expression.

In accordance with the basic tenets of social neuroscience, I try to apply different methods and paradigms, use a variety of measures, and study different groups of humans at different ages to try to gain a basic understanding of emotion at multiple levels.

My research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying the recognition of the emotional signals. The majority of the work addresses facial expression recognition, for which there is currently no detailed cognitive account. One aim is to develop such an account, and consequently, the research addresses all stages of the perceptual/cognitive processes involved in facial expression recognition.

The research comprises two main areas. The perception of facial expressions and the neuropsychology of emotion.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2013). The anatomy of lies: The brain, face, voice and emotion . In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol. 4, pp.3-52). Porto: University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2012). Facial expression of emotion. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human behavior (Vol. 2, pp.173-183)). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A., & Castro, E. (2009). Facial expression: The recognition of basic emotions in heroin addicts. Empirical study with Portuguese subjects. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol. 1., pp. 159-166). Oporto: University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A., & Castro, E. (2009). The neuropychophysiology construction of the human smile. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol. 1, pp.3-22). Porto: University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A., & Castro, E. (2009). Facial expression: The effect of the smile in the treatment of depression. Empirical study with Portuguese subjects. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol. 1, pp.129-140). Porto: University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2009). The Ekman code or in praise of the science of the human face. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol. 1, pp. ix-xvii). Porto: University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A., & Castro, E. (2009). Facial expression: The recognition of basic emotions in cocaine addicts. Empirical study with Portuguese subjects. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol 1., pp. 251-258). Porto: University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2011). Emotion: From the brain to the face and back. In A. Freitas-Magalhães (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vil. 3, pp. 1-40). Porto. University Fernando Pessoa Press.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2013). The science of reading human face: history, theory, research and assessment. In A. Freitas-Magalhães, C. Bluhm & M. Davis (Eds.), Handbook on facial expression of emotion (pp.19-65). Porto: FEELab Science Books.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2011, August). Fear Perception Scale: First study of development and validation among the Portuguese population. Paper to be presented at the 2011 Annual APA Convention, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A., & Castro, E. (2010, September). Facial expression: The recognition of sadness in alcohol dependents. Empirical study with Portuguese subjects. Paper presented at the 24th European Health Psychology Conference - Health in Context, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Freitas-Magalhães, A., & Castro, E. (2010, May). Facial expression: The recognition of fear in alcohol dependents. Empirical study with Portuguese subjects. Paper presented at the 22nd APS Annual Convention - Revolutionary Science, Boston, USA.

Courses Taught:

  • Facial Expression of Emotion (Postgraduate Course)
  • Psychology of Emotions (Ph.D. Program)
  • Psychology of Facial Emotion [removed]Ph.D. Program)
  • Psychology of Human Communication (Ph.D. Program)
  • Psychology of Recognition of Basic Emotions (Ph.D. Program)

Armindo Freitas-Magalhaes
Faculty of Health Sciences
University Fernando Pessoa
Rua Carlos da Maia, 296
4200-150 Porto
Portugal

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