Understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of vocal communication in health and disease
Welcome to the Voice, Emotion, and Speech (VoicES) Neuroscience Lab!
Our Research

The human voice is likely the most important sound category in the human auditory landscape. For example, a preference for human voices relative to non-social auditory stimuli is already observed in neonates. In the context of a conversation, listeners need to rapidly integrate multiple auditory cues, which include not only linguistic but also paralinguistic or speaker-specific information, such as his/her emotional state. At the VoicES Laboratory we investigate how humans perceive, recognize, and make sense of voice, speech, and emotional information. For example:


How do we differentiate familiar and unfamiliar voices?

How do we decode emotions from other people’s voices?

How do we assign meaning to speech stimuli?

Where and when do these processes take place in our brains?

In order to address these questions, we use behavioral and brain imaging measures in healthy and patient populations.

Meet our Team

Latest News

2022 SIRS Rising Star Award – Dr. Ana Pinheiro

It is with great pleasure and pride that we congratulate our Lab director, Dr. Ana…

Congratulations – MSc Students

Congratulations to Lucas and Ricardo for their successful Master Thesis defenses on the 16th of…

VoicES Lab – Current semester meetings

This semester, the VoicES Lab Meetings take place on Wednesdays, at 11:00 am, online. Contact…

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Today is World Brain Day 🌍🧠
To keep your brain active, we suggest reading “Cerebellar circuitry and auditory verbal hallucinations: An integrative synthesis and perspective”

This July learn more about the role of #authenticity during vocal #emotionalprocessing:
Meet “The time course of emotional authenticity detection in nonverbal vocalizations” on Cortex.

Our monthly “Meet the Science” post shows you a selected publication of our Lab.
This month meet “Attention to voices is increased in non-clinical auditory verbal hallucinations irrespective of salience”.

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The VoicES Lab is part of the CICPSI CO2 Research Group.

This website was created with financial support from FCT (UIDB/04527/2020 and UIDP/04527/2020).


Faculty of Psychology
University of Lisbon
Alameda da Universidade
1649-013 Lisboa

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The VoicES Lab is part of the CICPSI CO2 Research Group.


This website was created with financial support from FCT (UIDB/04527/2020 and UIDP/04527/2020).

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