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I graduated in Psychology from ISPA (Portuguese University) in 2006 and since then I have worked in different locations, with different responsibilities, namely:
My research interests include but are not limited to different memory processes (encoding, consolidation, reconsolidation, recall), different memory systems and outputs (short/long-term, declarative/non-declarative, episodic/semantic/sensory and retrospective/prospective/episodic foresight). Additionally, I am very interested in how these processes translate into clinical populations, particularly depressed individuals.
The objective of this PhD is to study Mental Time Travel (MTT) in depressed and non-depressed participants, thereby enabling a much needed better understanding of the mechanisms, phenomenal characteristics, differences and similarities related with voluntary and involuntary MTT into the past and future in both populations. Being the first study to our knowledge, that analyzes the above mentioned different variables in a sample of depressed participants, it will also allow us to better understand the phenomenon of depression, namely of how involuntary MTT influences depressed individuals and dictates and reinforces certain behaviors.
The analysis of the results obtained by a clinical sample and its comparison with a control group, will help to develop a global picture on MTT and its mechanisms. Given the existing doubts about the differences in mechanisms concerning involuntary and voluntary MTT, and the fact that the SPAARS model has been deemed one of the possible explaining models, it seems important to further analyze the results in light of this model and to test its applicability. We therefore propose to attain several objectives, namely:
Professor Mick Power (University of Edinburgh, School of Health in Social Sciences)
Professor Victor Cláudio (ISPA & UIPES, R&D);
Host Institution in Portugal:
UIPES R&D (Health and Psychology Research and Investigation Unit)
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Scholarship SFRH/BD/69332/2010
This article was published on May 1, 2013