Sandra C. Soares

Integrated Member
Social Cognition and Body Odors Team

Sandra C. Soares main research interests are focused on understanding how different emotions, such as fear and disgust, impact on behaviour, psychophysiology and neural processing. She uses a multisensory (mostly visual and olfactory emotional inducing stimuli) and multi-method approach to foster a more broaden comprehension of the phenomena. She also studies how these processes interact with cognitive functions, such as attention and memory, with evolutionary theories as a ground and combines these experimental-cognitive approaches in both basic and applied settings (e.g., with clinical disorders, such as Psychotic disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Anxiety Disorders, and Phobias). Finally, her research endeavours an interdisciplinary approach, with strong collaborations with computer science experts, in order to promote more personalized and preventive systems into mental health care practices.

Main 5 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
Gomes, N., Soares, S. C., Silva, S., & Silva, C. F. (2018). Mind the Snake: Fear Detection Relies on Low Spatial Frequencies. Emotion, 18(6), 886-895. doi: 10.1037/emo0000391
Soares, S. C., Brás, S., Cruz, T., Magalhães, Marques, B., Dantas, C., Fernandes, N. & Fernandes, J. M. (2018). The Feasibility of an Augment Reality System to Study the Psychophysiological Correlates of Fear-Related Responses. Brain and Behavior, e(9): e01084. doi:10.1002/brb3.1084
Soares, S. C., Maior, R. S., Isbell, L. A., Tomaz, C., & Nishijo, H. (2017). Fast detector/first responder: Interactions between the superior colliculus-pulvinar pathway and stimuli relevant to primates. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11:67. doi:10.3389/fnins.2017.00067
Ferreira, J., Brás, S, Silva, C. F., & Soares, S. C. (2017). An Automatic Classifier of Emotions Build from Entropy of Noise. Psychophysiology. 54(4), 620-627. doi:10.1111/psyp.12808