Filipa Barros

PhD Student
Social Cognition and Body Odors Team

Filipa Barros general research interests mostly encompass experimental and clinical psychology, social cognition, emotional processing, psychophysiology, evolutionary psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, her main research aims include understanding emotional processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), particularly regarding visual and olfactory stimuli. Her research is being conducted under a FCT PhD grant (SFRH/BD/118244/2016) and involves three major goals: to examine social and nonsocial olfactory perception in children with ASD; to test the efficacy of cost-effective olfactory aids at improving the processing of facial expressions in children with ASD; to determine if an olfactory training for reducing the typically observed impairments in facial emotional processing has an effect on the adequacy of the daily social interactions.

Supervised at WJCR by: Sandra C. Soares

Main publications

Barros, F., & Soares, S. C. (2020). Giving meaning to the social world in autism spectrum disorders: Olfaction as a missing piece of the puzzle? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 116, 239-250. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.06.008
Barros, F., Soares, S. C., Rocha, M., Silva, C., & Lundqvist, D. (2016, April). Deteção de Expressões Emocionais em função da Intensidade Emocional. Poster presented at the 11th National Meeting of Portuguese Experimental Psychology Association, Lisbon, Portugal.
Mendes, A., Barros, F., Figueiredo, C., & Soares, S. C. (2018, September). Assessing cognitive and somatic dimensions of Anxiety: psychometric analysis of State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety (STICSA). Poster session presented at the 4º Congresso da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, Braga, Portugal.