Universidade do Algarve | 12h30 | Auditorium 1.8.1
Title: “How our brain becomes a reading brain?”
Abstract: How our brain becomes a reading brain? Writing is one of the most important inventions ever made by humans. By putting spoken language into visible, material form, people could for the first-time store information and transmit it across time and space. Since reading is a relatively new cultural invention (around 5000 years), there was no time for Darwinian evolution to shape our genome and adapt our brain networks to the particularities of reading and writing. In this talk we will discuss how literacy transforms de Human Brain.
Short Bio: Alexandra Reis is Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Biological Psychology at the University of Algarve, Portugal (since October 2000). She initiated her professional activity in 1992 at the Laboratory for Language Studies, Hospital de Santa Maria in Lisbon, Portugal, where she assessed brain damaged patients and conducted research on the modulatory influence of formal schooling and literacy on human cognition. During this period, Alexandra collaborated in European projects related to the evaluation and rehabilitation of brain damaged patients as well as functional neuroimaging of language and the recovery from aphasia. Concluded her PhD research in 1997. In 1995, she started collaborating with the Cognitive Neurophysiology Research Group at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where developed her Post-Doc during 1998 and 1999 on a scholarship from the Portuguese Science Foundation. Ever since, her main line of investigation has focused on cognitive neuroscience and the implications of literacy/illiteracy on the human brain. Alexandra has extensive experience in Pos-Doc, PhD and master thesis supervision as well as in managing research projects within the Neuroscience field.