September 26, 2021

Ruben Azevedo



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Bio: After completing my BSc in Psychology at University of Minho I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Then I as awarded a PhD studentship by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) to pursue my doctoral studies with Prof Salvatore Maria Aglioti at the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, “La Sapienza” University of Rome. I am now a post-doc researcher at the Lab of Action and Body.

Research interests: My research centres around the plasticity of the (social) self, with particular attention to phenomenons involving shared representations (e.g. empathy). I am especially interested in understanding how interoceptive signals influence (social) cognition and behavior. I am also investigating how multiple sensory inputs such as those deriving from exteroceptive and interoceptive channels are integrated in the brain to form a coherent representation of the self. To carry out my research I use fMRI, psychophysiological and behavioral approaches.



Azevedo RT, Macaluso E, Viola V, Sani G, Aglioti SM (in press). Weighing the stigma of weight: an fMRI study of neural reactivity to the pain of obese individuals. NeuroImage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.11.041.

Lenggenhager B*, Azevedo RT*, Mancini A, Aglioti SM (2013). Listening to your heart and feeling yourself: effects of exposure to interoceptive signals during the Ultimatum Game. Experimental Brain Research. Oct;230(2):233-41 (*shared authorship)

Azevedo RT, Macaluso, E, Avenanti, A, Santangelo V, Cazzato V., Aglioti S.M. (2012). Their pain is not our pain: Brain and autonomic correlates of empathic resonance with the pain of same and different- race individuals. Human Brain Mapping, 34(12):3168-81,.

Abreu AM, Macaluso E, Azevedo RT, Cesari P, Urgesi C, Aglioti SM.(2012) Action anticipation beyond the action observation network: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study in expert basketball players. European Journal of Neuroscience. May;35(10):1646-54.

Naudts, KH, Azevedo, RT, David, AS, van Heeringen, C and Gibbs, AA (2011). Influence of COMT val158met and ADRA2B deletion polymorphisms on recollection and familiarity components of human emotional memory. Journal of Psychopharmacology. Jun;26(6):819-29

Naudts, KH, Azevedo, RT, David, AS, van Heeringen,K and Gibbs, AA (2011). Epistasis between 5-HTTLPR and ADRA2B polymorphisms influences attentional bias for emotional information in healthy volunteers. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. Sep;15(8):1027-36.

Gibbs AA, Naudts KH, Azevedo RT, David AS (2010). Deletion variant of α2b-adrenergic receptor moderates the effect of COMT val158met polymorphism on episodic memory performance. European Neuropsychopharmacology 20(4): 272-275