Understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of vocal communication in health and disease


Tatiana Conde

“Voice Perception in the Visually Deprived Brain: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Insights” (Funded by Bial Foundation)

Previous research has unequivocally demonstrated that, after the loss of vision, the human brain reorganizes to compensate for that sensory deprivation. Contrasting with the strong reliance on vision by sighted individuals, blind listeners depend more heavily on voice cues to identify and to interact with their social interlocutors in everyday life. However, the neural mechanisms underpinning voice perception in the blind remain largely unexplored. By combining EEG and behavioral methods, we aim at investigating whether visual deprivation, at different stages of neural development, affects the (re)organization of voice identity and emotion perceptual mechanisms.

Short Bio

Tatiana completed a B.S. and a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal).

As a Ph.D. fellow, she developed expertise in the ERP technique and in the brain mechanisms underlying human voice perception, under the mentorship of Dr. Ana Pinheiro and Dr. Óscar Gonçalves.

After completing the Ph.D., she joined the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil) as a postdoctoral fellow, under the mentorship of Dr. Óscar Gonçalves and Dr. Paulo Boggio.

Following this one year postdoc training, she joined the VoicES Laboratory at the Faculty of Psychology (University of Lisbon, Portugal), as a postdoctoral fellow, to study the modulatory role of blindness on voice identity perceptual mechanisms, under the mentorship of Dr. Ana Pinheiro.

More recently, she was awarded a research position in the Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus funded by FCT, and she currently works as a junior research scientist in the Faculty of Psychology (University of Lisbon). Her main research interests focus on the neural and behavioral underpinnings of human voice communication, as well as on how long-term sensory deprivation impacts the development and reorganization of these processes.

You can find more about her work in Research Gate.

You can also view her CV here.


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

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